List of WBA world champions

This is a list of WBA world champions, showing every world champion certified by the World Boxing Association (WBA). The list also includes champions certified by the National Boxing Association (NBA), the predecessor to the WBA.

In December 2000, the WBA created an unprecedented situation of having a split championship in the same weight class by introducing a new title called Super world, commonly referred to simply as Super. The Super champion is highly regarded as the WBA's primary champion, while the World champion – commonly known as the Regular champion by boxing publications – is only considered the primary champion by the other three major sanctioning bodies (WBC, IBF, and WBO) if the Super title is vacant.

A Unified champion is a boxer that holds the Regular title and a world title from another major sanctioning body (WBC, IBF, WBO) simultaneously. An Undisputed champion as defined by the WBA, only needs to hold three of the four major titles but in some cases they may change a Super champion into an Undisputed champion after a failed title defense (e.g. Anselmo Moreno losing to Juan Payano and Chris John losing to Simpiwe Vetyeka). This is not to be confused by professional boxing's own definition of an undisputed champion, in which a boxer must hold all four major titles.

There are two tables per section. The primary champion lineage prioritizes the Super champions. If the Super title is vacant, then the Undisputed / Unified title is listed. If both are vacant, then the Regular title becomes the primary champion. The secondary champion lineage lists the Regular or Unified champions while the primary champion is occupied.

  • Every Super champion is the primary champion.
  • A Regular champion is a primary champion only if Super, Undisputed and Unified is vacant.
  • A Unified champion is a primary champion only if Super is vacant.
  • Not every Regular or Unified champion gets promoted to Super if it is vacant.
  • Not every Regular champion gets to fight for the vacant Super title.
  • A Regular or Unified champion that is considered the primary champion is relegated to secondary champion if Super gets occupied.
Current champion
Most consecutive title defenses

HeavyweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Jack Dempsey
(awarded inaugural title)
January 1921 3
2   Gene Tunney 23 September 1926 – 28 July 1928 2
Tunney retires.
3   Max Schmeling
(def. Jack Sharkey)
12 June 1930 1
4   Jack Sharkey 21 June 1932 0
5   Primo Carnera 29 June 1933 1
6   Max Baer 14 June 1934 0
7   James J. Braddock 13 June 1935 0
8   Joe Louis 22 June 1937 – 1 March 1949 25
Louis announced his retirement, although he would come back a year later to fight Ezzard Charles.
9   Ezzard Charles
(def. Jersey Joe Walcott)
22 June 1949 8
10   Jersey Joe Walcott 18 July 1951 1
11   Rocky Marciano 23 September 1952 – 27 April 1956 6
Marciano retires.
12   Floyd Patterson
(def. Archie Moore)
30 November 1956 3
13   Ingemar Johansson 26 June 1959 0
14   Floyd Patterson (2) 20 June 1960 2
15   Sonny Liston 25 September 1962 1
16   Muhammad Ali 25 February 1964 – 14 September 1964 0
Ali was stripped of the title for signing to a rematch with Liston.[1]
17   Ernie Terrell
(def. Eddie Machen)
5 March 1965 2
18   Muhammad Ali (2) 6 February 1967 – 28 April 1967 1
Ali was stripped due to his refusal to be drafted to Army service.[2]
19   Jimmy Ellis
(def. Jerry Quarry)
27 April 1968 1
20   Joe Frazier 16 February 1970 4
21   George Foreman 22 January 1973 2
22   Muhammad Ali (3) 30 October 1974 10
23   Leon Spinks 15 February 1978 0
24   Muhammad Ali (4) 15 September 1978 – 4 July 1979 0
Ali vacated and announced retirement although he would come back a year later to fight Larry Holmes.[3]
25   John Tate
(def. Gerrie Coetzee)
20 October 1979 0
26   Mike Weaver 31 March 1980 2
27   Michael Dokes 10 December 1982 1
28   Gerrie Coetzee 23 September 1983 0
29   Greg Page 1 December 1984 0
30   Tony Tubbs 29 April 1985 0
31   Tim Witherspoon 17 January 1986 1
32   James Smith 12 December 1986 0
33   Mike Tyson 7 March 1987 8
34   Buster Douglas 11 February 1990 0
35   Evander Holyfield 25 October 1990 3
36   Riddick Bowe 13 November 1992 2
37   Evander Holyfield (2) 6 November 1993 0
38   Michael Moorer 22 April 1994 0
39   George Foreman (2) 5 November 1994 – 4 March 1995 0
Foreman was stripped after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Tony Tucker.[4]
40   Bruce Seldon
(def. Tony Tucker)
8 April 1995 1
41   Mike Tyson (2) 7 September 1996 0
42   Evander Holyfield (3) 9 November 1996 4
43   Lennox Lewis 13 November 1999 – 13 April 2000 0
Lewis was stripped after agreeing to fight WBC challenger Michael Grant instead of John Ruiz. Ruiz challenged this decision in court on the basis of a clause in the Lewis–Holyfield rematch contract which said Lewis's first bout as undisputed champion would be against the WBA's number one contender.[5]
44   Evander Holyfield (4)
(def. John Ruiz)
12 August 2000 0
45   John Ruiz 3 March 2001 2
46   Roy Jones Jr. 1 March 2003 – 24 February 2004 0
Jones vacated the title to stay at light heavyweight.[6]
47   John Ruiz (2)
(interim champion promoted)
24 February 2004 2
48   Nikolai Valuev 17 December 2005 3
49   Ruslan Chagaev 14 April 2007 – 3 July 2008 2
Chagaev tore his achilles tendon and was declared champion in recess.[7]
50   Nikolai Valuev (2)
(def. John Ruiz)
30 August 2008 1
51   David Haye 7 November 2009 2
Haye fought for the inaugural Super title against Wladimir Klitschko.
52   Wladimir KlitschkoSuper champion
(def. David Haye)
2 July 2011 8
53   Tyson Fury 28 November 2015 0
Fury's status is changed to Unified champion in the monthly rankings after he was stripped of his IBF title for agreeing a rematch with Klitschko instead of facing his IBF mandatory challenger.
  Tyson Fury – Unified champion 10 December 2015 – 12 October 2016 0
Fury vacated after cancelling a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for a second time, citing depression after a positive test for cocaine.[8]
54   Anthony JoshuaSuper champion
(def. Wladimir Klitschko)
29 April 2017 3
55   Andy Ruiz Jr. 1 June 2019 0
56   Anthony Joshua (2) 7 December 2019 1
57   Oleksandr Usyk 25 September 2021 – present 0

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Alexander Povetkin
(def. Ruslan Chagaev)
27 August 2011 – 5 October 2013 4
Povetkin fought Super champion Wladimir Klitschko and lost.
2   Ruslan Chagaev
(def. Fres Oquendo)
6 July 2014 1
3   Lucas Browne 5 March 2016 – 13 May 2016 0
Browne failed the drug test and was stripped of his title however, his win against Chagaev was not overturned to an NC.[9]
3   Ruslan Chagaev (2)
(reinstated)
21 May 2016 – 25 July 2016 0
Chagaev was stripped of the title for failing to pay the sanctioning fees.[10]
4   Manuel Charr
(def. Alexander Ustinov)
25 November 2017 – 29 January 2021 0
Charr was declared champion in recess.[11]
5   Trevor Bryan
(def. Bermane Stiverne)
29 January 2021 – present 0

CruiserweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Ossie Ocasio
(def. Robbie Williams)
13 February 1982 3
2   Piet Crous 1 December 1984 1
3   Dwight Muhammad Qawi 27 July 1985 1
4   Evander Holyfield 12 July 1986 – July 1988 5
Holyfield vacated to move up to heavyweight.
5   Taoufik Belbouli
(def. Michael Greer)
25 March 1989 – 11 August 1989 0
Belbouli got injured and was expected to get stripped on 11 August.[12]
6   Robert Daniels
(def. Dwight Muhammad Qawi)
27 November 1989 2
7   Bobby Czyz 8 March 1991 – October 1993 2
Czyz was involved in a car accident and he had to vacate the title for his inability to defend it.
8   Orlin Norris
(def. Marcelo Figueroa)
6 November 1993 4
9   Nate Miller 22 July 1995 4
10   Fabrice Tiozzo 8 November 1997 4
11   Virgil Hill 9 December 2000 0
12   Jean-Marc Mormeck 23 February 2002 3
Mormeck fought for the Unified title against WBC champion Wayne Braithwaite.
  Jean-Marc Mormeck – Unified champion
(def. Wayne Braithwaite)
2 April 2005 0
(3)
13   O'Neil Bell 7 January 2006 0
14   Jean-Marc Mormeck (2) 17 March 2007 0
15   David Haye 10 November 2007 – 12 May 2008 1
Status changes to Undisputed champion after winning against WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli.
  David Haye – Undisputed champion
(def. Enzo Maccarinelli)
8 March 2008 0
(1)
Status changes to Unified champion on WBA's April 2008 ratings posted on 14 May,[13] just days after vacating his WBC title.
  David Haye – Unified champion 14 May 2008 – 19 June 2008 0
(1)
Haye intends to move up to heavyweight. The title is vacated on WBA's May 2008 official ratings posted on 19 June.[14]
16   Firat ArslanRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
19 June 2008 0
17   Guillermo Jones 27 September 2008 – 30 October 2012 2
Jones was declared champion in recess.[15]
18   Denis LebedevRegular champion
(interim champion promoted)
30 October 2012 4
Lebedev fought for Super title against IBF champion Víctor Ramírez.
  Denis Lebedev – Super champion
(def. Víctor Ramírez)
21 May 2016 – 1 February 2018 1
(5)
WBA changed Lebedev's status to champion in recess in order to allow Yuniel Dorticos to unify his title with IBF champion Murat Gassiev. Lebedev had lost a bout against Gassiev where only the IBF title was on the line.[16]
19   Yuniel DorticosRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
1 February 2018 0
Dorticos fought for Unified title against IBF champion Murat Gassiev.
20   Murat GassievUnified champion
(def. Yuniel Dorticos)
3 February 2018 0
Gassiev fought WBC and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk for the Super title.
21   Oleksandr UsykSuper champion
(def. Murat Gassiev)
21 July 2018 – 27 March 2019 1
Usyk vacated his title and moved up to heavyweight.[17]
22   Beibut ShumenovRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
27 March 2019 – 31 May 2019 0
Shumenov stripped of title after failing to meet the terms of the purse bid between him and Arsen Goulamirian.[18]
23   Arsen GoulamirianRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
31 May 2019 0
Goulamirian promoted to Super champion on WBA's August 2019 official ratings posted on 1 September.[19]
  Arsen Goulamirian – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
1 September 2019 – present 2

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Virgil Hill
(def. Valery Brudov)
27 January 2006 0
2   Firat Arslan 24 November 2007 – 12 May 2008 2
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
3   Beibut Shumenov
(def. Junior Anthony Wright)
21 May 2016 – 20 June 2017 0
Shumenov vacated title after cancelling defense fight multiple times against Yuniel Dorticos, due to an eye injury.[20]
4   Yuniel Dorticos
(interim champion promoted)
20 June 2017 – 1 February 2018 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
5   Beibut Shumenov (2)
(def. Hizni Altunkaya)
7 July 2018 – 27 March 2019 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
6   Beibut Shumenov (3)
(reinstated)
1 September 2019 – 29 January 2021 0
Shumenov stripped of title due to inactivity.[21]
7   Ryad Merhy
(interim champion promoted)
29 January 2021 – present 1

Light heavyweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Georges Carpentier
(awarded inaugural title)
January 1921 1
2   Battling Siki 24 September 1922 0
3   Mike McTigue 17 March 1923 1
4   Paul Berlenbach 30 May 1925 3
5   Jack Delaney 16 July 1926 – 26 July 1927 1
Delaney vacated to move up to the heavyweight division.
6   Jimmy Slattery
(def. Maxie Rosenbloom)
30 August 1927 0
7   Tommy Loughran 12 December 1927 – 3 September 1929 5
Loughran vacated to move up to the heavyweight division.
8   Maxie Rosenbloom
(awarded title)
September 1930 – 6 June 1931 1
Rosenbloom stripped for failing to defend title in a timely manner.
9   George Nichols
(def. Dave Maier)
18 March 1932 – 17 December 1932 0
Nichols stripped for failing to defend the title within the eight month time limit.
10   Joe Knight
(awarded title)
February 1933 0
11   Bob Godwin 1 March 1933 0
12   Maxie Rosenbloom (2) 24 March 1933 – 17 September 1934 2
Rosenbloom stripped for having "violated every law of boxing".
13   Bob Olin
(def. Maxie Rosenbloom)
16 November 1934 0
14   John Henry Lewis 31 October 1935 – 19 June 1939 5
Lewis stripped due to impaired eyesight.
15   Billy Conn
(def. Melio Bettina)
13 July 1939 – 5 June 1940 3
Conn vacated to move up to the heavyweight division.
16   Anton Christoforidis
(def. Melio Bettina)
13 January 1941 0
17   Gus Lesnevich 22 May 1941 5
18   Freddie Mills 26 July 1948 0
19   Joey Maxim 24 January 1950 2
20   Archie Moore 17 December 1952 – 25 October 1960 8
Moore was stripped.
21   Harold Johnson
(def. Jesse Bowdry)
7 February 1961 4
22   Willie Pastrano 1 June 1963 2
23   José Torres 30 March 1965 3
24   Dick Tiger 16 December 1966 2
25   Bob Foster 24 May 1968 – 9 December 1970 4
Foster then fought for the heavyweight title against Joe Frazier and the WBA stripped him of the title for not fighting mandatory challenger Jimmy Dupree.
26   Vicente Rondón
(def. Jimmy Dupree)
27 February 1971 4
27   Bob Foster (2) 7 April 1972 – 16 September 1974 5
Foster vacated and announced retirement, although he came back a year later and fought until 1978.
28   Víctor Galíndez
(def. Len Hutchins)
7 December 1974 10
29   Mike Rossman 15 September 1978 1
30   Víctor Galíndez (2) 14 April 1979 0
31   Marvin Johnson 30 November 1979 0
32   Eddie Mustafa Muhammad 31 March 1980 2
33   Michael Spinks 18 July 1981 – 21 September 1985 10
Spinks vacated to fight for the IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles against Larry Holmes.
34   Marvin Johnson (2)
(def. Leslie Stewart)
9 February 1986 1
35   Leslie Stewart 23 May 1987 0
36   Virgil Hill 5 September 1987 10
37   Thomas Hearns 3 June 1991 0
38   Iran Barkley 20 March 1992 – September 1992 0
Barkley was also the IBF Super Middleweight champion at the moment and decided to defend that title against James Toney instead of fighting at light heavyweight.
39   Virgil Hill (2)
(def. Frank Tate)
29 September 1992 10
40   Dariusz Michalczewski 13 June 1997 – 1 July 1997 0
The WBA stripped Michalczewski of the title 18 days later for displaying its belt along with that of the WBO and subsequently refusing to give up his WBO title.
41   Lou Del Valle
(def. Eddie Smulders)
20 September 1997 0
42   Roy Jones Jr. 18 July 1998 5
Jones promoted to inaugural Super champion on WBA's December 2000 official ratings.[22]
  Roy Jones Jr. – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
December 2000 3
(8)
Status changes to Unified champion on WBA's July 2002 official ratings posted on 5 August.[23]
  Roy Jones Jr. – Unified champion 5 August 2002 – 15 April 2003 1
(9)
Jones Jr. vacates the title to stay at heavyweight.[24]
43   Mehdi SahnouneRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
15 April 2003 0
44   Silvio Branco 10 October 2003 – 8 November 2003 0
Branco is relegated since Roy Jones Jr. won the vacant Unified title.
45   Roy Jones Jr. (2) – Unified champion
(def. Antonio Tarver)
8 November 2003 0
46   Antonio Tarver 15 May 2004 – 3 July 2004 0
Tarver was stripped of the title and removed from WBA's June 2004 official ratings posted on 3 July 2004.[25]
47   Fabrice TiozzoRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
3 July 2004 – 19 October 2006 1
Tiozzo vacated and retired from professional boxing after defeating Dariusz Michalczewski.[26]
48   Silvio Branco (2) – Regular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
19 October 2006 0
49   Stipe Drviš 28 April 2007 0
50   Danny Green 16 December 2007 – 25 March 2008 0
Green vacated and announced first retirement.[27]
51   Hugo GarayRegular champion
(def. Yuriy Barashian);
(Primary champion vacant)
3 July 2008 1
52   Gabriel Campillo 20 June 2009 1
53   Beibut Shumenov 29 January 2010 5
Shumenov promoted to Super champion.[28]
  Beibut Shumenov – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
8 October 2013 1
(6)
54   Bernard Hopkins 19 April 2014 0
Hopkins fought WBO champion Sergey Kovalev for the Undisputed title.
55   Sergey KovalevUndisputed champion
(def. Bernard Hopkins)
8 November 2014 4
56   Andre Ward 19 November 2016 – 21 September 2017 1
Ward announces retirement from boxing.[29]
57   Badou JackRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
21 September 2017 – 23 September 2017 0
Jack vacated to avoid a purse bid with mandatory Dmitry Bivol and seek opportunities with bigger names.[30]
58   Dmitry BivolRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
23 September 2017 6
Bivol promoted to Super champion before fighting Lenin Castillo.[31]
  Dmitry Bivol – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
10 October 2019 – present 1
(7)

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Bruno Girard
(def. Robert Koon)
22 December 2001 2
2   Mehdi Sahnoune 8 March 2003 – 15 April 2003 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
3   Silvio Branco
(relegated from primary champion)
8 November 2003 0
4   Fabrice Tiozzo 20 February 2004 – 3 July 2004 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
5   Jürgen Brähmer
(def. Marcus Oliveira)
14 December 2013 6
6   Nathan Cleverly 1 October 2016 0
7   Badou Jack 26 August 2017 – 21 September 2017 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
8   Jean Pascal
(interim champion promoted)
10 October 2019 – 9 July 2021 1
Pascal is stripped of his title for testing positive for banned substances and is also suspended for six months.[32]

Super middleweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Park Chong-Pal
(def. Jesús Gallardo)
6 December 1987 1
2   Fulgencio Obelmejias 23 May 1988 0
3   Baek In-Chul 28 May 1989 2
4   Christophe Tiozzo 30 March 1990 2
5   Víctor Córdoba 5 April 1991 1
6   Michael Nunn 12 September 1992 4
7   Steve Little 26 February 1994 0
8   Frankie Liles 12 August 1994 7
9   Byron Mitchell 12 June 1999 1
10   Bruno Girard 8 April 2000 – March 2001 1
Girard vacated and moved up to light heavyweight.
11   Byron Mitchell (2)
(def. Manny Siaca)
3 March 2001 2
Mitchell fought for the inaugural Unified title against Sven Ottke.
12   Sven OttkeUnified champion
(def. Byron Mitchell)
15 March 2003 – 27 March 2004 4
Ottke vacated and retired undefeated from professional boxing.[33]
13   Anthony MundineRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
27 March 2004 0
14   Manny Siaca 5 May 2004 0
15   Mikkel Kessler 12 November 2004 3
Kessler fought for Unified title against WBC champion Markus Beyer.
  Mikkel Kessler – Unified champion
(def. Markus Beyer)
14 October 2006 1
(4)
16   Joe Calzaghe 4 November 2007 – 3 October 2008 0
Calzaghe vacated and moved up to light heavyweight.[34]
17   Mikkel Kessler (2) – Regular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
3 October 2008 2
Kessler promoted to Super champion on WBA's August-September 2009 Official ratings posted on 21 October,[35] 1 month before fighting Andre Ward.
  Mikkel Kessler (2) – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
21 October 2009 0
(2)
18   Andre Ward 21 November 2009 – 12 November 2015 5
Ward vacated to move up to light heavyweight.[36]
19   Fedor ChudinovRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
12 November 2015 0
Chudinov promoted to Super champion.[37]
  Fedor Chudinov – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
6 January 2016 0
20   Felix Sturm 20 February 2016 – 5 October 2016 0
Sturm vacated citing impossibility to defend title after requiring surgery in both elbows.[38]
21   Giovanni De CarolisRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
5 October 2016 0
22   Tyron Zeuge 5 November 2016 – 27 May 2017 1
Zeuge relegated to secondary champion after George Groves and Fedor Chudinov fought for the vacant Super title.
23   George GrovesSuper champion
(def. Fedor Chudinov)
27 May 2017 2
24   Callum Smith 28 September 2018 2
25   Canelo Álvarez 19 December 2020 – present 2

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Anthony Mundine
(def. Antwun Echols)
3 September 2003 – 27 March 2004 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
2   Anthony Mundine (2)
(def. Sam Soliman)
7 March 2007 – 27 May 2008 4
Title is vacated immediately after his final defense.[39]
3   Mikkel Kessler
(def. Dimitri Sartison)
21 June 2008 – 3 October 2008 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
4   Dimitri Sartison
(def. Stjepan Bozic)
21 November 2009 – 15 July 2011 1
Sartison was stripped of title after failing to fight in defense fights against Brian Magee and later Robert Stieglitz.[40]
5   Károly Balzsay
(def. Stanislav Kashtanov)
26 August 2011 – 3 October 2012 1
Balzsay was declared champion in recess and then retired from professional boxing.
6   Brian Magee
(interim champion promoted)
9 November 2012 0
7   Mikkel Kessler (2) 8 December 2012 0
Kessler lost against IBF champion Carl Froch. Froch is declared as Unified champion.
8   Carl FrochUnified champion
(def. Mikkel Kessler)
25 May 2013 – 8 May 2015 2
Froch was stripped of title for inactivity.[41]
9   Fedor Chudinov
(def. Felix Sturm)
9 May 2015 – 12 November 2015 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
10   Giovanni De Carolis

(def. Vincent Feigenbutz)

9 January 2016 – 5 October 2016 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
11   Tyron Zeuge
(relegated from primary champion)
27 May 2017 2
(3)
12   Rocky Fielding 14 July 2018 0
13   Canelo Álvarez 15 December 2018 – 19 December 2020 0
Álvarez won against Super champion Callum Smith.
14   David Morrell
(interim champion promoted)
19 January 2021 – present 1

MiddleweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Johnny Wilson
(awarded inaugural title)
January 1921 3
2   Harry Greb 31 August 1923 4
3   Tiger Flowers 25 February 1926 1
4   Mickey Walker 3 December 1926 – 19 June 1931 3
Walker vacated to move up to heavyweight.[42]
5   Gorilla Jones
(def. Oddone Piazza)
25 January 1932 1
6   Marcel Thil 11 June 1932 – 19 September 1933 1
Thil was stripped during the annual NBA convention because he would not defend the title in the United States.[43]
7   Lou Brouillard
(awarded title)
19 September 1933 0
8   Vince Dundee 30 October 1933 2
9   Teddy Yarosz 11 September 1934 0
10   Eddie Babe Risko 19 September 1935 1
11   Freddie Steele 11 July 1936 5
12   Al Hostak 26 July 1938 0
13   Solly Krieger 1 November 1938 0
14   Al Hostak (2) 27 June 1939 1
15   Tony Zale 19 July 1940 4
16   Rocky Graziano 16 July 1947 4
17   Tony Zale (2) 10 June 1948 0
18   Marcel Cerdan 21 September 1948 0
19   Jake LaMotta 16 June 1949 2
20   Sugar Ray Robinson 14 February 1951 0
21   Randy Turpin 10 July 1951 0
22   Sugar Ray Robinson (2) 12 September 1951 – 19 December 1952 2
Robinson vacated and announced first retirement.[44]
23   Bobo Olson
(def. Randy Turpin)
21 October 1953 3
24   Sugar Ray Robinson (3) 9 December 1955 1
25   Gene Fullmer 2 January 1957 0
26   Sugar Ray Robinson (4) 1 May 1957 0
27   Carmen Basilio 23 September 1957 0
28   Sugar Ray Robinson (5) 25 March 1958 – 4 May 1959 0
Robinson was stripped for failing to fight Carmen Basilio in a trilogy bout.[45]
29   Gene Fullmer (2)
(def. Carmen Basilio)
28 August 1959 7
30   Dick Tiger 23 October 1962 2
31   Joey Giardello 7 December 1963 1
32   Dick Tiger (2) 21 October 1965 0
33   Emile Griffith 25 April 1966 2
34   Nino Benvenuti 17 April 1967 0
35   Emile Griffith (2) 29 September 1967 0
36   Nino Benvenuti (2) 4 March 1968 4
37   Carlos Monzón 7 November 1970 – 29 August 1977 14
Monzón retires.[46]
38   Rodrigo Valdez
(def. Bennie Briscoe)
5 November 1977 0
39   Hugo Pastor Corro 22 April 1978 2
40   Vito Antuofermo 30 June 1979 1
41   Alan Minter 16 March 1980 1
42   Marvin Hagler 27 September 1980 – 25 February 1987 11
Hagler was stripped of title for signing a fight with Sugar Ray Leonard instead of mandatory challenger, Herol Graham.[47]
43   Sumbu Kalambay
(def. Iran Barkley)
23 October 1987 – 2 March 1989 3
Kalambay was stripped of title for failing to defend his title against other top-ranked boxers.[48]
44   Mike McCallum
(def. Herol Graham)
10 May 1989 – 4 December 1991 3
The WBA demanded McCallum defend against Steve Collins, whom he decisively outpointed in a title defense the previous year. McCallum chose to fight with IBF champion James Toney and was stripped of title.[49]
45   Reggie Johnson
(def. Steve Collins)
22 April 1992 3
46   John David Jackson 1 October 1993 – 6 May 1994 0
Jackson was stripped of title for participating in a non-title bout without the permission of the WBA.[50]
47   Jorge Castro
(def. Reggie Johnson)
12 August 1994 4
48   Shinji Takehara 19 December 1995 0
49   William Joppy 24 June 1996 2
50   Julio César Green 23 August 1997 0
51   William Joppy (2) 31 January 1998 5
52   Félix Trinidad 12 May 2001 0
Trinidad fought for the inaugural Super title against Bernard Hopkins.
53   Bernard HopkinsSuper champion
(def. Félix Trinidad)
29 September 2001 1
Status changed to Unified champion on WBA's July 2002 official ratings posted on 5 August.[23]
  Bernard Hopkins – Unified champion 5 August 2002 1
(2)
Status changed to Undisputed champion on WBA's June-July 2003 official ratings posted in September.[51]
  Bernard Hopkins – Undisputed champion 26 September 2003 4
(6)
54   Jermain Taylor 16 July 2005 – 14 December 2006 1
Taylor was stripped of title after not paying sanctioning fees to the WBA and thus not exposing the title in 2 of his previous fights against Ronald Wright and Kassim Ouma.[52]
55   Javier CastillejoRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
14 December 2006 0
56   Felix Sturm 28 April 2007 7
Sturm is promoted to Super champion on WBA's February 2010 ratings posted on 24 March.[53][54]
  Felix Sturm – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
24 March 2010 5
(12)
57   Daniel Geale 1 September 2012 – 2 November 2012 0
Geale was stripped of title as he chose to fight Anthony Mundine instead of mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin.[55]
58   Gennady GolovkinRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
2 November 2012 5
Golovkin promoted to Super champion.[56]
  Gennady Golovkin – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
3 June 2014 9
(14)
59   Canelo Álvarez 15 September 2018 – 1 January 2021 1
Álvarez vacates the title after winning multiple super middleweight titles against Callum Smith.[57]
60   Ryōta MurataRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
1 January 2021 0
Murata promoted to Super champion.[58]
  Ryōta Murata – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
6 January 2021 – present 0

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   William Joppy
(def. Howard Eastman)
17 November 2001 – 13 December 2003 1
Joppy fought for Super title against Bernard Hopkins and lost.
2   Maselino Masoe
(def. Evans Ashira)
1 May 2004 0
3   Felix Sturm 11 March 2006 0
4   Javier Castillejo 15 July 2006 – 14 December 2006 1
Castillejo lost his defense fight against Mariano Carrera but Carrera tested positive for clenbuterol later. Castillejo was reinstated as champion and fight was counted as a mandatory defense. Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
5   Gennady Golovkin
(interim champion promoted)
14 October 2010 – 2 November 2012 5
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
6   Daniel Jacobs
(def. Jarrod Fletcher)
9 August 2014 – 18 March 2017 4
Jacobs lost a fight for the Super title against Gennady Golovkin.
7   Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
(def. Ryōta Murata)
20 May 2017 0
8   Ryōta Murata 22 October 2017 1
9   Rob Brant 20 October 2018 1
10   Ryōta Murata (2) 12 July 2019 – 1 January 2021 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
11   Erislandy Lara
(def. Thomas LaManna)
1 May 2021 – present 0

Super welterweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Denny Moyer
(def. Joey Giambra)
20 October 1962 1
2   Ralph Dupas 29 April 1963 1
3   Sandro Mazzinghi 7 September 1963 3
4   Nino Benvenuti 18 June 1965 1
5   Kim Ki-soo 25 June 1966 2
6   Sandro Mazzinghi (2) 25 May 1968 – November 1968 1
Mazzinghi fought on his second defense against Freddie Little. The bout was stopped with Mazzinghi bleeding from cuts over both eyes, the ringside officials rule a No contest, though under normal circumstances Little would have won by TKO. Mazzinghi was stripped of his world title shortly thereafter, because of the controversial result.
7   Freddie Little
(def. Stanley Hayward)
17 March 1969 2
8   Carmelo Bossi 9 July 1970 1
9   Koichi Wajima 31 October 1971 6
10   Oscar Albarado 4 June 1974 1
11   Koichi Wajima (2) 21 January 1975 0
12   Yuh Jae-doo 7 June 1975 1
13   Koichi Wajima (3) 17 February 1976 0
14   José Duran 18 May 1976 0
15   Miguel Angel Castellini 8 October 1976 0
16   Eddie Gazo 5 March 1977 3
17   Masashi Kudo 9 August 1978 3
18   Ayub Kalule 24 August 1979 4
19   Sugar Ray Leonard 25 June 1981 – September 1981 0
Leonard vacated and moved down to welterweight to fight in a unification bout against Thomas Hearns.
20   Tadashi Mihara
(def. Rocky Fratto)
7 November 1981 0
21   Davey Moore 2 February 1982 3
22   Roberto Durán 16 June 1983 – 15 June 1984 0
Durán was stripped of WBA title for fighting Thomas Hearns instead of the mandatory WBA challenger, Mike McCallum.
23   Mike McCallum
(def. Sean Mannion)
19 October 1984 – November 1987 6
McCallum vacated to move up to middleweight.
24   Julian Jackson
(def. In-Chul Baek)
21 November 1987 – November 1990 3
Jackson vacated to move up to middleweight.
25   Gilbert Dele
(def. Carlos Elliott)
23 February 1991 1
26   Vinny Pazienza 1 October 1991 – 1992 0
Pazienza vacated after a car crash which kept him 3 months in hospital.
27   Julio César Vásquez
(def. Hitoshi Kamiyama)
21 December 1992 10
28   Pernell Whitaker 4 March 1995 – June 1995 0
Whitaker decided to vacate and move back to welterweight.
29   Carl Daniels
(def. Julio César Green)
16 June 1995 0
30   Julio César Vásquez (2) 16 December 1995 0
31   Laurent Boudouani 21 August 1996 4
32   David Reid 6 March 1999 2
33   Félix Trinidad 3 March 2000 – 12 May 2001 2
Trinidad vacated to move up to middleweight.
34   Fernando Vargas
(def. José Flores)
22 September 2001 0
Vargas fought for the inaugural Unified title against WBC champion Oscar De La Hoya.
35   Oscar De La HoyaUnified champion
(def. Fernando Vargas)
14 September 2002 1
36   Shane Mosley 13 September 2003 0
37   Winky Wright 13 March 2004 – 20 March 2005 1
Wright challenged Félix Trinidad at middleweight. Title is vacated on WBA's February 2005 ratings posted on 20 March.[59]
38   Travis SimmsRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
20 March 2005 – 21 May 2005 0
Simms was stripped of the belt in May 2005 because he filed a lawsuit against the WBA in November 2004 for not enforcing his mandatory contract that he received from the organization when he won the regular world title.
39   Alejandro GarcíaRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
June 2005 1
40   José Antonio Rivera 6 May 2006 0
41   Travis Simms 6 January 2007 0
42   Joachim Alcine 7 July 2007 1
43   Daniel Santos 11 July 2008 0
44   Yuri Foreman 14 November 2009 0
45   Miguel Cotto 5 June 2010 0
Cotto is promoted to Super champion on WBA's September 2010 official ratings posted in October.[60]
  Miguel Cotto – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
October 2010 2
46   Floyd Mayweather Jr. 5 May 2012 – 19 January 2016 1
Mayweather retires following his fight with Andre Berto on 14 September 2015. However, he was officially stripped on the December 2015 rankings posted on 19 January 2016.[61] The reason for the delay was because "it's a matter of formality".[62]
47   Erislandy LaraRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
19 January 2016 1
Lara is promoted to Super champion on WBA's May 2016 ratings posted on 8 June.[63]
  Erislandy Lara – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
8 June 2016 2
(3)
48   Jarrett Hurd 7 April 2018 1
49   Julian Williams 11 May 2019 0
50   Jeison Rosario 18 January 2020 0
51   Jermell Charlo 26 September 2020 – present 1

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Santiago Samaniego
(interim champion promoted)
14 September 2002 0
2   Alejandro García 1 March 2003 1
3   Travis Simms 13 December 2003 – 20 March 2005 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
4   Austin Trout
(def. Rigoberto Álvarez)
5 February 2011 4
Trout fought WBC champion Canelo Álvarez for the Unified title.
5   Canelo ÁlvarezUnified champion
(def. Austin Trout)
20 April 2013 – 14 September 2013 0
Álvarez lost against Super champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
6   Erislandy Lara
(interim champion promoted)
13 March 2014 – 19 January 2016 3
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
7   Jack Culcay
(interim champion promoted)
8 June 2016 0
8   Demetrius Andrade 11 March 2017 – 22 October 2017 0
Andrade vacates the belt to move up to middleweight.[64]
9   Brian Castaño
(interim champion promoted)
22 October 2017 – 20 June 2019 2
Castaño vacates the title after not agreeing on terms to fight mandatory fighter Michel Soro.[65]
10   Erislandy Lara (2)
(def. Ramón Álvarez)
31 August 2019 – 31 August 2021 1
Lara vacates the title to stay at middleweight.[66]

WelterweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Jack Britton
(awarded inaugural title)
January 1921 4
2   Mickey Walker 1 November 1922 3
3   Pete Latzo 20 May 1926 2
4   Joe Dundee 3 June 1927 – 21 March 1929 2
Dundee stripped when he refused to defend it.
5   Jackie Fields
(def. Jack Thompson)
25 March 1929 1
6   Jack Thompson 9 May 1930 0
7   Tommy Freeman 5 September 1930 0
8   Jack Thompson (2) 14 April 1931 0
9   Lou Brouillard 23 October 1931 0
10   Jackie Fields (2) 28 January 1932 0
11   Young Corbett III 22 February 1933 0
12   Jimmy McLarnin 29 May 1933 0
13   Barney Ross 28 May 1934 0
14   Jimmy McLarnin (2) 17 September 1934 0
15   Barney Ross (2) 28 May 1935 2
16   Henry Armstrong 31 May 1938 19
17   Fritzie Zivic 4 October 1940 1
18   Freddie Cochrane 29 July 1941 0
19   Marty Servo 1 February 1946 – 25 September 1946 0
Servo announced his retirement.
20   Sugar Ray Robinson
(def. Tommy Bell)
20 December 1946 – 14 February 1951 4
Robinson vacated the title to move up to the middleweight division.
21   Johnny Bratton
(def. Charley Fusari)
13 March 1951 0
22   Kid Gavilán 18 May 1951 7
23   Johnny Saxton 20 October 1954 0
24   Tony DeMarco 1 April 1955 0
25   Carmen Basilio 10 June 1955 0
26   Johnny Saxton (2) 14 March 1956 0
27   Carmen Basilio (2) 12 September 1956 – 23 September 1957 1
Basilio vacated after winning the middleweight title.
28   Virgil Akins
(def. Vince Martinez)
6 June 1958 0
29   Don Jordan 5 December 1958 2
30   Benny Paret 27 May 1960 1
31   Emile Griffith 1 April 1961 1
32   Benny Paret (2) 30 September 1961 0
33   Emile Griffith (2) 24 March 1962 2
34   Luis Manuel Rodríguez 21 March 1963 0
35   Emile Griffith (3) 8 June 1963 – 10 June 1966 5
Griffith was stripped of the title for failing to defend it within the required 6 months.[67]
36   Curtis Cokes
(def. Manuel González)
24 August 1966 5
37   José Nápoles 18 April 1969 3
38   Billy Backus 3 December 1970 0
39   José Nápoles (2) 4 June 1971 – 16 May 1975 9
Nápoles was stripped of his WBA title for failure to sign for a fight against the WBA's No. 1-rated welterweight contender, Ángel Espada.
40   Ángel Espada
(def. Clyde Gray)
28 June 1975 1
41   José Cuevas 17 July 1976 11
42   Thomas Hearns 2 August 1980 3
43   Sugar Ray Leonard 16 September 1981 – 9 November 1982 1
Leonard vacated title after being diagnosed with a detached retina and announced his retirement. He would come back in 1984.
44   Donald Curry
(def. Jun-Suk Hwang)
13 February 1983 7
45   Lloyd Honeyghan 27 September 1986 – December 1986 0
Honeyghan vacated after the WBA mandated that he defend the title against South African Harold Volbrecht. Honeyghan dropped the WBA title belt into a trash can on a London street to protest the WBA's continued sanctioning of bouts involving citizens of apartheid-governed South Africa.
46   Mark Breland
(def. Harold Volbrecht)
6 February 1987 0
47   Marlon Starling 22 August 1987 2
Starling lost the title in his third defense in controversial fashion to Tomas Molinares. Molinares hit Starling with a punch that was clearly thrown after the bell. Starling went down for the only time in his career, and the referee counted him out. Molinares was declared the new champion by knock out. However, the decision was later changed to a no contest but the Colombian kept the title.
48   Tomás Molinares 29 July 1988 – 12 December 1988 0
Molinares withdrew from his defense fight with Mark Breland citing severe depression. He was stripped of the title.
49   Mark Breland (2)
(def. Seung-Soon Lee)
4 February 1989 4
50   Aaron Davis 8 July 1990 0
51   Meldrick Taylor 19 January 1991 2
52   Crisanto España 31 October 1992 2
53   Ike Quartey 4 June 1994 – October 1998 7
Quartey was stripped of title due to inactivity.
54   James Page
(def. Andrey Pestryaev)
10 October 1998 – November 2000 3
Page was stripped of title for failing to turn up for a mandatory title defense in November 2000 although he was given the chance to fight for the vacant title in February 2001.
55   Andrew Lewis
(def. James Page)
17 February 2001 1
56   Ricardo Mayorga 30 March 2002 0
Mayorga fought for the inaugural Unified title against WBC and The Ring champion Vernon Forrest.
  Ricardo Mayorga – Unified champion
(def. Vernon Forrest)
25 January 2003 2
Mayorga fought for the Undisputed title against IBF champion Cory Spinks.
57   Cory SpinksUndisputed champion
(def. Ricardo Mayorga)
13 December 2003 2
58   Zab Judah 5 February 2005 – 7 January 2006 1
Judah fought with Carlos Baldomir for the WBC belt as the latter did not pay the sanctioning fee for the WBA and IBF belt. Judah lost the bout and the WBA subsequently stripped him of the title.
59   Luis CollazoRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
7 January 2006 0
60   Ricky Hatton 13 May 2006 – 31 August 2006 0
Hatton vacated to move back to super lightweight.[68]
61   Miguel CottoRegular champion
(def. Carlos Quintana);
(Primary champion vacant)
2 December 2006 4
62   Antonio Margarito 26 July 2008 0
Margarito promoted to Super champion.[69]
  Antonio Margarito – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
3 October 2008 0
63   Shane Mosley 24 January 2009 – 21 May 2010 0
The WBA stripped Mosley of the title for not agreeing on the terms for his bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who refused to pay the sanctioning fees for the title and Mosley fought without reaching a deal with the WBA.[70]
64   Vyacheslav SenchenkoRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
21 May 2010 2
65   Paulie Malignaggi 30 April 2012 1
66   Adrien Broner 22 June 2013 0
67   Marcos Maidana 14 December 2013 0
Maidana fought for Unified title against WBC and The Ring champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
68   Floyd Mayweather Jr.Unified champion
(def. Marcos Maidana)
3 May 2014 – 19 January 2016 3
Mayweather retires following his fight with Andre Berto on 14 September 2015. However, he was officially stripped on the December 2015 rankings posted on 19 January 2016.[61] The reason for the delay was because "it's a matter of formality".[62]
69   Keith ThurmanRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
19 January 2016 1
Keith Thurman promoted to Super champion on WBA's January 2017 ratings posted on 7 February, 1 month before fighting WBC champion Danny Garcia.[71]
  Keith Thurman – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
7 February 2017 2
(3)
70   Manny Pacquiao 20 July 2019 – 29 January 2021 0
Pacquiao was stripped of his title and declared champion in recess due to inactivity.[72]
71   Yordenis UgasSuper champion
(Regular champion promoted)
29 January 2021 – present 1

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Jose Antonio Rivera
(def. Michel Trabant)
13 September 2003 0
2   Luis Collazo 2 April 2005 – 7 January 2006 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
3   Yuriy Nuzhnenko
(interim champion promoted)
3 October 2008 0
4   Vyacheslav Senchenko 10 April 2009 – 21 May 2010 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
5   Keith Thurman
(interim champion promoted)
28 January 2015 – 19 January 2016 2
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
6   David Avanesyan
(interim champion promoted)
7 February 2017 0
7   Lamont Peterson 18 February 2017 – 3 October 2017 0
Peterson vacated to leave space for other contenders in the ranking.[73]
8   Lucas Matthysse
(def. Tewa Kiram)
27 January 2018 0
9   Manny Pacquiao 15 July 2018 – 20 July 2019 1
Pacquiao won against Super champion Keith Thurman.
10   Yordenis Ugas
(def. Abel Ramos)
6 September 2020 – 29 January 2021 0
Ugas promoted to Super champion after Pacquiao was stripped due to inactivity.[72]
11   Jamal James
(interim champion promoted)
4 February 2021 – present 0

Super lightweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Pinky Mitchell
(awarded inaugural title)
22 November 1922 0
2   Mushy Callahan 21 September 1926 3
3   Jack Kid Berg 18 February 1930 6
4   Tony Canzoneri 24 April 1931 3
5   Johnny Jadick 18 January 1932 – 20 September 1932 1
On September 1932, the NBA decided not to recognize the division.
6   Tippy Larkin
(def. Willie Joyce)
29 April 1946 – 5 November 1946 1
Larkin vacated to move up to the welterweight division.
7   Carlos Ortiz
(def. Kenny Lane)
12 June 1959 2
8   Duilio Loi 1 September 1960 2
9   Eddie Perkins 14 September 1962 0
10   Duilio Loi (2) 15 December 1962 – January 1963 0
Loi vacated and retired from boxing.
11   Roberto Cruz
(def. Battling Torres)
21 March 1963 0
12   Eddie Perkins (2) 15 June 1963 2
13   Carlos Morocho Hernández 18 January 1965 2
14   Sandro Lopopolo 29 April 1966 1
15   Takeshi Fuji 30 April 1967 1
16   Nicolino Locche 12 December 1968 5
17   Alfonso Frazer 10 March 1972 0
18   Antonio Cervantes 28 October 1972 10
19   Wilfred Benítez 6 March 1976 – January 1977 2
Benítez was stripped of the title for cancelling many scheduled title defenses following an automobile accident.
20   Antonio Cervantes (2)
(def. Carlos María Giménez)
25 June 1977 6
21   Aaron Pryor 2 August 1980 – 9 September 1983 8
Pryor vacated the title after announcing retirement after beating Alexis Argüello for the second time. He came back from retirement less than a year later.
22   Johnny Bumphus
(def. Lorenzo Luis García)
22 January 1984 0
23   Gene Hatcher 1 June 1984 1
24   Ubaldo Nestor Sacco 21 July 1985 0
25   Patrizio Oliva 15 March 1986 2
26   Juan Martin Coggi 4 July 1987 4
27   Loreto Garza 17 August 1990 1
28   Edwin Rosario 14 June 1991 0
29   Akinobu Hiranaka 10 April 1992 0
30   Morris East 9 September 1992 0
31   Juan Martin Coggi (2) 12 January 1993 6
32   Frankie Randall 17 September 1994 2
33   Juan Martin Coggi (3) 13 January 1996 0
34   Frankie Randall (2) 16 August 1996 0
35   Khalid Rahilou 11 January 1997 2
36   Sharmba Mitchell 10 October 1998 4
Mitchell fought for inaugural Super title against Kostya Tszyu.
37   Kostya TszyuSuper champion
(def. Sharmba Mitchell)
3 February 2001 3
Status changed to Unified champion on WBA's July 2002 ranking.[74]
  Kostya Tszyu – Unified champion 5 August 2002 1
(4)
Status changed to Undisputed champion on WBA's May-June 2003 ranking.[75]
  Kostya Tszyu – Undisputed champion July 2003 – 16 June 2004 0
(4)
Tszyu was stripped of title due to inactivity.[76]
38   Vivian HarrisRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
16 June 2004 1
39   Carlos Maussa 25 June 2005 0
Fought for Unified title against IBF and The Ring champion Ricky Hatton.
40   Ricky HattonUnified champion
(def. Carlos Maussa)
26 November 2005 – 4 May 2006 0
Hatton vacated to move up to welterweight.[77]
41   Souleymane M'bayeRegular champion
(def. Raúl Horacio Balbi);
(Primary champion vacant)
2 September 2006 1
42   Gavin Rees 21 July 2007 0
43   Andreas Kotelnik 22 March 2008 2
44   Amir Khan 18 July 2009 4
Khan fought for Super title against Zab Judah.
  Amir Khan – Super champion
(def. Zab Judah)
23 July 2011 1
(5)
45   Lamont Peterson 10 December 2011 – 11 July 2012 0
WBA and IBF champion Peterson tested positive for testosterone on a random test in March 2012. He was only stripped of his WBA title.[78]
46   Amir Khan (2) – Super champion
(reinstated)
11 July 2012 0
47   Danny García 14 July 2012 – 11 September 2015 4
Garcia moves up to welterweight and the title is vacated on WBA's August 2015 official ratings posted on 11 September.[79]
48   Adrien BronerRegular champion
(def. Khabib Allakhverdiev);
(Primary champion vacant)
3 October 2015 0
Broner is promoted to Super champion.[80]
  Adrien Broner – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
6 November 2015 – 1 April 2016 0
Broner stripped of title before his defense against Ashley Theophane for being overweight.[81]
49   Ricky BurnsRegular champion
(def. Michele Di Rocco);
(Primary champion vacant)
28 May 2016 1
Burns fought for Unified title against IBF champion Julius Indongo.
50   Julius IndongoUnified champion
(def. Ricky Burns)
15 April 2017 0
Indongo fought for Super title against WBC, WBO, and The Ring champion Terence Crawford.
51   Terence CrawfordSuper champion
(def. Julius Indongo)
19 August 2017 – 28 October 2017 0
The title is vacated on WBA's October rankings after Crawford expressed his intentions of moving up to welterweight.[82][83]
52   Kiryl RelikhRegular champion
(def. Rances Barthelemy);
(Primary champion vacant)
10 March 2018 1
53   Regis Prograis 27 April 2019 0
Prograis fought for Super title against IBF champion Josh Taylor.
54   Josh TaylorSuper champion
(def. Regis Prograis)
26 October 2019 – present 2

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Diosbelys Hurtado
(def. Randall Bailey)
11 May 2002 0
2   Vivian Harris 19 October 2002 – 16 June 2004 2
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
3   Marcos René Maidana
(interim champion promoted)
23 July 2011 – 16 July 2012 1
Maidana vacated to move up to welterweight and fight Devon Alexander.[84]
4   Khabib Allakhverdiev
(def. Joan Guzmán)
30 November 2012 1
5   Jessie Vargas 12 April 2014 – 27 June 2015 2
Vargas vacated the title before challenging WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley to avoid paying WBA's sanctioning fees.[85]
6   Mario Barrios
(def. Batyr Akhmedov)
28 September 2019 1
7   Gervonta Davis 26 June 2021 – present 0

LightweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Benny Leonard
(awarded inaugural title)
January 1921 – 15 January 1925 3
Leonard retired.
2   Jimmy Goodrich
(def. Stanislaus Loayza)
13 July 1925 0
3   Rocky Kansas 7 December 1925 0
4   Sammy Mandell 3 July 1926 3
5   Al Singer 17 July 1930 0
6   Tony Canzoneri 14 November 1930 5
7   Barney Ross 23 June 1933 – 15 April 1935 1
Ross vacated to move up to super lightweight.
8   Tony Canzoneri (2)
(def. Lou Ambers)
10 May 1935 1
8   Lou Ambers 3 September 1936 2
9   Henry Armstrong 17 August 1938 1
10   Lou Ambers (2) 22 August 1939 – 25 March 1940 0
Ambers was stripped after failing to defend the title within 6 months and refusing to fight the top contender Davey Day.
11   Sammy Angott
(def. Davey Day)
3 May 1940 – 13 November 1942 1
Angott announced his temporary retirement due to having broken his hand.
12   Sammy Angott (2)
(def. Slugger White)
27 October 1943 0
13   Juan Zurita 8 March 1944 0
14   Ike Williams 18 April 1945 8
15   Jimmy Carter 25 May 1951 2
16   Lauro Salas 14 May 1952 0
17   Jimmy Carter (2) 15 October 1952 3
18   Paddy DeMarco 5 March 1954 0
19   Jimmy Carter (3) 17 November 1954 0
20   Wallace Bud Smith 29 June 1955 1
21   Joe Brown 24 August 1956 11
22   Carlos Ortiz 21 April 1962 4
23   Ismael Laguna 10 April 1965 0
24   Carlos Ortiz (2) 13 November 1965 5
25   Carlos Teo Cruz 29 June 1968 1
26   Mando Ramos 18 February 1969 1
27   Ismael Laguna (2) 3 March 1970 1
28   Ken Buchanan 26 September 1970 2
29   Roberto Durán 26 June 1972 – 2 February 1979 12
Durán vacated to move up to welterweight.[86]
30   Ernesto España
(def. Claude Noel)
16 June 1979 1
31   Hilmer Kenty 2 March 1980 3
32   Sean O'Grady 12 April 1981 – 1981 0
O'Grady was stripped of title for not defending it.
33   Claude Noel
(def. Rodolfo González)
12 September 1981 0
34   Arturo Frias 5 December 1981 1
35   Ray Mancini 8 May 1982 4
36   Livingstone Bramble 1 June 1984 2
37   Edwin Rosario 26 September 1986 1
38   Julio César Chávez 21 November 1987 – 29 October 1988 2
Chávez vacated to move up to super lightweight.
39   Edwin Rosario (2)
(def. Anthony Jones)
9 July 1989 0
40   Juan Nazario 4 May 1990 0
41   Pernell Whitaker 11 August 1990 – 22 May 1992 3
Whitaker vacated to move up to super lightweight.
42   Joey Gamache
(def. Chil-Sung Jun)
13 June 1992 0
43   Tony Lopez 24 October 1992 1
44   Dingaan Thobela 26 June 1993 0
45   Orzubek Nazarov 30 October 1993 6
46   Jean Baptiste Mendy 16 May 1998 1
47   Julien Lorcy 10 April 1999 0
48   Stefano Zoff 7 August 1999 0
49   Gilberto Serrano 13 November 1999 1
50   Takanori Hatakeyama 11 June 2000 2
51   Julien Lorcy (2) 1 July 2001 0
52   Raul Horacio Balbi 18 October 2001 0
53   Leonard Doroftei 5 January 2002 – 24 October 2003 2
Doroffei was stripped of title when he came 4.4 lbs overweight to his bout with Miguel Callist. The fight was cancelled.[87]
54   Lakva Sim
(def. Miguel Callist)
10 April 2004 0
55   Juan Díaz 17 July 2004 5
Diaz became Unified champion after beating WBO champion Acelino Freitas.
  Juan Díaz – Unified champion
(def. Acelino Freitas)
23 February 2007 1
(6)
Diaz became Undisputed champion after beating IBF champion Julio Díaz.
  Juan Díaz – Undisputed champion
(def. Julio Díaz)
13 October 2007 1
(7)
56   Nate Campbell 8 March 2008 – 10 January 2009 0
Campbell vacated because of concerns regarding sanctioning fees and proposed mandatory defenses.[88]
57   Paulus MosesRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
10 January 2009 – 28 February 2009 0
Moses is relegated to secondary champion due to Juan Manuel Márquez winning the vacant Super title.
58   Juan Manuel MárquezSuper champion
(def. Juan Diaz)
28 February 2009 – 4 January 2012 2
Marquez stripped due to inactivity.[89]
59   Richar AbrilRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
28 February 2013 – 10 April 2015 2
Abril was declared Champion in Recess after he cancelled his fight with Derry Matthews.[90]
60   Darleys PerezRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
10 April 2015 1
61   Anthony Crolla 21 November 2015 1
62   Jorge Linares 24 September 2016 3
Linares fought for Super title against Vasyl Lomachenko.
63   Vasyl LomachenkoSuper champion
(def. Jorge Linares)
13 May 2018 3
64   Teófimo López 17 October 2020 – present 0

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   José Alfaro
(def. Prawet Singwancha)
29 December 2007 0
2   Yusuke Kobori 19 May 2008 0
3   Paulus Moses 3 January 2009 – 10 January 2009 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
4   Paulus Moses (2)
(relegated from primary champion)
28 February 2009 1
5   Miguel Acosta 29 May 2010 0
6   Brandon Rios 26 February 2011 – 3 December 2011 1
Rios was stripped of title before his second defense against John Murray for being overweight.[91]
7   Gervonta Davis
(def. Yuriorkis Gamboa)
28 December 2019 – present 1

Super featherweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Tod Morgan
(awarded inaugural title)
16 December 1927 5
2   Benny Bass 19 December 1929 0
3   Kid Chocolate 15 July 1931 8
4   Frankie Klick 25 December 1933 – 5 March 1934 0
Klick vacated the title to move up to super lightweight.
5   Sandy Saddler
(def. Orlando Zulueta)
6 December 1949 – 21 January 1957 3
Saddler retires.
6   Harold Gomes
(def. Paul Jorgensan)
20 July 1959 0
7   Gabriel Elorde 16 March 1960 10
8   Yoshiaki Numata 15 June 1967 0
9   Hiroshi Kobayashi 14 December 1967 6
10   Alfredo Marcano 29 July 1971 1
11   Ben Villaflor 25 April 1972 1
12   Kuniaki Shibata 12 March 1973 1
13   Ben Villaflor (2) 17 October 1973 5
14   Samuel Serrano 16 October 1976 10
15   Yasutsune Uehara 2 August 1980 1
16   Samuel Serrano (2) 9 April 1981 3
17   Roger Mayweather 19 January 1983 2
18   Rocky Lockridge 26 February 1984 2
19   Wilfredo Gómez 19 May 1985 0
20   Alfredo Layne 24 May 1986 0
21   Brian Mitchell 27 September 1986 – 1991 12
Mitchell was stripped of title after facing Tony Lopez for the IBF belt.
22   Joey Gamache
(def. Jerry Ngobeni)
28 June 1991 – 1991 0
Gamache vacates to move up to lightweight.
23   Genaro Hernandez
(def. Daniel Londas)
22 November 1991 – April 1995 8
Hernandez vacated to face Oscar De La Hoya at lightweight.
24   Choi Yong-Soo
(def. Víctor Hugo Paz)
21 October 1995 7
25   Takanori Hatakeyama 5 September 1998 1
26   Lakva Sim 27 June 1999 0
27   Baek Jong-Kwon 31 October 1999 1
28   Joel Casamayor 21 May 2000 4
Casamayor fought for the inaugural Super title against WBO champion Acelino Freitas.
29   Acelino FreitasSuper champion
(def. Joel Casamayor)
12 January 2002 1
Status changed to Unified champion in WBA's official rankings.
  Acelino Freitas – Unified champion 5 August 2002 – January 2004 2
(3)
Freitas vacated and moved up to lightweight.
30   Yodsanan Sor NanthachaiRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
January 2004 2
31   Vicente Mosquera 30 April 2005 1
32   Edwin Valero 5 August 2006 – 3 September 2008 4
Valero vacated and moved up to lightweight.[92]
33   Jorge Linares
(def. Whyber Garcia)
28 November 2008 1
34   Juan Carlos Salgado 10 October 2009 0
35   Takashi Uchiyama 11 January 2010 9
Uchiyama promoted to Super champion.[93]
  Takashi Uchiyama – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
21 February 2015 2
(11)
36   Jezreel Corrales 27 April 2016 – 20 October 2017 2
Corrales came in overweight and was stripped of his Super title. Machado fought for the vacant Regular title.[94]
37   Alberto MachadoRegular champion
(def. Jezreel Corrales); (Primary champion vacant)
21 October 2017 – 21 April 2018 0
Machado is relegated to secondary champion due to Gervonta Davis winning the vacant Super title.
38   Gervonta DavisSuper champion
(def. Jesús Cuellar)
21 April 2018 – 2 September 2019 2
Davis vacated and moved up to lightweight.[95]
39   Andrew CancioRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
2 September 2019 – 23 November 2019 0
Cancio lost against Rene Alvarado on the same day as Léo Santa Cruz winning the vacant Super title. Alvarado is relegated to secondary champion.
40   Léo Santa CruzSuper champion
(def. Miguel Flores)
23 November 2019 0
41   Gervonta Davis (2) 31 October 2020 – 28 August 2021 0
Davis vacates the title to stay at a higher weight class.[96]
42   Roger GutiérrezRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
28 August 2021 – present 0

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai
(def. Lakva Sim)
13 April 2002 – January 2004 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
2   Javier Fortuna
(def. Bryan Vásquez)
29 May 2015 1
3   Jason Sosa 24 June 2016 – 15 February 2017 1
Sosa vacates title to fight WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko.[97]
4   Alberto Machado
(relegated from primary champion)
21 April 2018 2
5   Andrew Cancio 9 February 2019 – 2 September 2019 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
6   Rene Alvarado
(def. Andrew Cancio); (relegated from primary champion)
23 November 2019 0
7   Roger Gutiérrez 2 January 2021 – 28 August 2021 2
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.

FeatherweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Benny Bass
(def. Red Chapman)
12 September 1927 0
2   Tony Canzoneri 10 February 1928 0
3   André Routis 28 September 1928 1
4   Christopher Battalino 23 September 1929 – 2 March 1932 5
Battalino vacated the NBA title after being stripped of the NYSAC for missing weight in a title fight against Freddie Miller which ended in a controversial no contest.
5   Tommy Paul
(def. Johnny Pena)
26 May 1932 0
6   Freddie Miller 13 January 1933 11
7   Petey Sarron 11 May 1936 2
8   Henry Armstrong 29 October 1937 – 12 September 1938 0
Armstrong vacated the title to move up to the welterweight division.
9   Joey Archibald
(def. Leo Rodak)
29 October 1939 – April 1940 1
Archibald was stripped of the title for not fighting Petey Scalzo.
10   Petey Scalzo
(awarded title)
1 May 1940 3
11   Richie Lemos 1 July 1941 0
12   Jackie Wilson 18 November 1941 1
13   Jackie Callura 18 January 1943 1
14   Phil Terranova 16 August 1943 0
15   Sal Bartolo 10 March 1944 3
16   Willie Pep 7 June 1946 2
17   Sandy Saddler 29 October 1948 0
18   Willie Pep (2) 11 February 1949 3
19   Sandy Saddler (2) 8 September 1950 – 21 January 1957 2
Saddler announced his retirement.
20   Hogan Bassey
(def. Cherif Hamia)
24 June 1957 1
21   Davey Moore 18 March 1959 5
22   Sugar Ramos
(def. Davey Moore)
21 March 1963 3
23   Vicente Saldivar 26 September 1964 – 14 October 1967 7
Saldívar announced retirement after his 7th defense.
24   Raul Rojas
(def. Enrique Higgins)
28 March 1968 0
25   Shozo Saijo 27 September 1968 5
26   Antonio Gomez 2 September 1971 1
27   Ernesto Marcel 19 August 1972 – 16 February 1974 4
Marcel announced retirement after his 4th defense, against Alexis Argüello
28   Rubén Olivares
(def. Zensuke Otagawa)
9 July 1974 0
29   Alexis Argüello 23 November 1974 – 1976 4
Argüello vacated his title to move up to super featherweight.
30   Rafael Ortega
(def. Francisco Coronado)
15 January 1977 1
31   Cecilio Lastra 17 December 1977 0
32   Eusebio Pedroza 15 April 1978 19
33   Barry McGuigan 8 June 1985 2
34   Steve Cruz 23 June 1986 0
35   Antonio Esparragoza 6 March 1987 7
36   Park Yong-Kyun 30 March 1991 8
37   Eloy Rojas 4 December 1993 6
38   Wilfredo Vázquez 18 May 1996 – 1997 4
Vázquez was stripped of title for failing to set up a fight with mandatory challenger Antonio Cermeño.
39   Freddie Norwood
(def. Antonio Cermeño)
3 April 1998 – 22 September 1998 2
Norwood was stripped of his title for coming overweight to his 3rd defense fight, against Koji Matsumoto.
40   Antonio Cermeño (def. Genaro Rios) 3 October 1998 1
41   Freddie Norwood (2) 29 May 1999 3
42   Derrick Gainer 9 September 2000 3
Gainer fought for the inaugural Unified title against IBF champion Juan Manuel Márquez.
43   Juan Manuel MarquezUnified champion
(def. Derrick Gainer)
1 November 2003 – 22 August 2005 3
Márquez was stripped for his inability to defend against various boxers after potential bouts failed to draw a bid.
44   Chris JohnRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
22 August 2005 7
John is promoted to Super champion.[98]
  Chris John – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
27 June 2009 – 14 July 2010 1
(8)
John was declared champion in recess after suffering a rib injury.[99]
45   Yuriorkis GamboaRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
14 July 2010 – 11 September 2010 0
Gamboa declared Unified Champion after winning the vacant IBF title against Orlando Salido.
  Yuriorkis Gamboa – Unified champion
(def. Orlando Salido)
11 September 2010 – 5 December 2010 1
Gamboa is relegated to secondary champion when John was reinstated as Super champion
46   Chris John (2) – Super champion
(reinstated)
5 December 2010 6
John fought for the Undisputed title against Simpiwe Vetyeka.
47   Simpiwe VetyekaUndisputed champion
(def. Chris John)
6 December 2013 0
48   Nonito Donaire 31 May 2014 – 18 October 2014 0
Donaire lost to Regular champion Nicholas Walters however, Walters was not given the Undisputed title.
49   Nicholas WaltersRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
18 October 2014 1
Walters promoted to Super champion.[100]
  Nicholas Walters – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
21 February 2015 – 12 June 2015 0
(1)
Walters was stripped of title for failing to make weight on his first defense fight against Miguel Marriaga. Title was at stake for Marriaga but Walters won by unanimous decision.[101]
50   Jesús CuéllarRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
12 June 2015 – 29 August 2015 0
Cuéllar is relegated to secondary champion due to Léo Santa Cruz winning the vacant Super title.
51   Léo Santa CruzSuper champion
(def. Abner Mares)
29 August 2015 1
52   Carl Frampton 30 July 2016 0
53   Léo Santa Cruz (2) 28 January 2017 – present 3

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Chris John
(interim champion promoted)
1 November 2003 – 22 August 2005 4
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
2   Yuriorkis Gamboa
(interim champion promoted)
27 June 2009 – 14 July 2010 3
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
3a   Yuriorkis Gamboa (2) – Unified champion
(relegated from primary champion)
5 December 2010 – 11 June 2011 1
(5)
Gamboa was stripped of his Unified title for not complying with the IBF rules of a second weigh-in in his last fight with Jorge Solís. He was stripped of the IBF title and thus was no longer a unified champion.
3b   Jonathan Victor Barros
(def. Irving Berry)
4 December 2010 2
4   Celestino Caballero 14 October 2011 – 7 October 2012 1
Caballero vacated for not accepting a low budget on a mandatory fight with Nicholas Walters.
5   Nicholas Walters
(def. Daulis Prescott)
9 December 2012 – 18 October 2014 2
Walters won against Undisputed champion Nonito Donaire however, he was not given the Undisputed title. He is moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
6   Jesús Cuéllar
(interim champion promoted)
21 February 2015 – 12 June 2015 1
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
7   Jesús Cuéllar (2)
(relegated from primary champion)
29 August 2015 1
(2)
8   Abner Mares 10 December 2016 – 9 June 2018 1
Mares lost against Super champion Léo Santa Cruz.
9   Jesús Rojas
(interim champion promoted)
5 July 2018 0
10   Xu Can 26 January 2019 2
11   Leigh Wood 31 July 2021 – present 0

Super bantamweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Hong Soo-Hwan
(def. Ricardo Cardona)
26 January 1977 1
2   Ricardo Cardona 7 May 1978 5
3   Leo Randolph 4 May 1980 0
4   Sergio Victor Palma 9 August 1980 5
5   Leo Cruz 12 June 1982 3
6   Loris Stecca 22 February 1984 0
7   Victor Callejas 26 May 1984 – 1986 2
Callejas started a period of inactivity and vacated the title.
8   Louie Espinoza
(def. Tommy Valoy)
11 January 1987 2
9   Julio Gervacio 28 November 1987 0
10   Bernardo Piñango 27 February 1988 0
11   Juan José Estrada 28 May 1988 3
12   Jesus Salud 11 November 1989 – April 1990 0
Salud stripped of title for failing to defend it in Colombia against the No. 1 contender, Luis Mendoza.
13   Luis Enrique Mendoza
(def. Rubén Darío Palacios)
11 September 1990 4
14   Raúl Pérez 7 October 1991 0
15   Wilfredo Vázquez 27 March 1992 9
16   Antonio Cermeño 13 May 1995 – 1998 7
Cermeño vacated to move up to featherweight.
17   Enrique Sánchez
(def. Rafael del Valle)
8 February 1998 0
18   Néstor Garza 12 December 1998 2
19   Clarence Adams 4 March 2000 – 2001 2
Adams vacated in order to fight Paulie Ayala for the IBO super bantamweight title.
20   Yober Ortega
(def. José Rojas)
17 November 2001 0
21   Yoddamrong Sithyodthong 21 February 2002 0
22   Osamu Sato 18 May 2002 0
23   Salim Medjkoune 9 October 2002 1
24   Mahyar Monshipour 4 July 2003 5
25   Somsak Sithchatchawal 18 March 2006 0
26   Celestino Caballero 4 October 2006 5
Caballero fought for the Unified title against IBF champion Steve Molitor.
  Celestino Caballero – Unified champion
(def. Steve Molitor)
21 November 2008 3
(8)
Caballero promoted to inaugural Super champion on WBA's February 2010 official ratings posted on March.[102]
  Celestino Caballero – Super champion
(Unified champion promoted)
March 2010 – 10 December 2010 0
(8)
Caballero vacated to fight at featherweight.
27   Lee Ryol-liRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
10 December 2010 0
28   Akifumi Shimoda 31 January 2011 0
29   Rico Ramos 9 July 2011 0
30   Guillermo Rigondeaux 20 January 2012 2
Rigondeaux fought for Super title against Nonito Donaire.
  Guillermo Rigondeaux – Super champion
(def. Nonito Donaire)
13 April 2013 – 30 October 2015 4
(6)
Rigondeaux was declared champion in recess due to inactivity.[103]
31   Scott QuiggRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
30 October 2015 0
Quigg fought for Unified title against IBF champion Carl Frampton.
32   Carl FramptonUnified champion
(def. Scott Quigg)
27 February 2016 – 8 April 2016 0
Frampton was stripped of title after choosing to fight Léo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title instead of mandatory challenger Guillermo Rigondeaux.[104]
33   Guillermo Rigondeaux (2) – Super champion
(reinstated)
14 May 2016 – 9 December 2017 1
Rigondeaux was stripped of title after losing super featherweight bout against Vasyl Lomachenko.[105]
34   Daniel RomanRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
9 December 2017 3
Roman becomes Unified champion after beating IBF champion T.J. Doheny.
  Daniel Roman – Unified champion
(def. T.J. Doheny)
26 April 2019 1
(4)
Roman fought Murodjon Akhmadaliev for the Super title.
35   Murodjon AkhmadalievSuper champion
(def. Daniel Roman)
30 January 2020 – present 1

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Ricardo Cordoba
(interim champion promoted)
21 November 2008 0
2   Bernard Dunne 21 March 2009 0
3   Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym 26 September 2009 2
4   Lee Ryol-li 2 October 2010 – 10 December 2010 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
5   Scott Quigg
(interim champion promoted)
5 September 2013 – 30 October 2015 6
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
6   Nehomar Cermeño
(def. Qiu Xiaojun)
24 June 2016 2
7   Shun Kubo 9 April 2017 0
8   Daniel Roman 3 September 2017 – 9 December 2017 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
9   Brandon Figueroa
(interim champion promoted)
31 October 2019 – 1 September 2021 2
WBA announced in August 2021 that Figueroa will be stripped of his title the moment he steps in the ring against WBO champion Stephen Fulton due to WBO's restriction against WBA Regular titles.[106] The fight was scheduled on 18 September however, he was stripped on WBA's August 2021 official ratings posted on 1 September.[107]

BantamweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Joe Lynch
(awarded inaugural title)
January 1921 0
2   Pete Herman 25 July 1921 0
3   Johnny Buff 23 September 1921 1
4   Joe Lynch (2) 10 July 1922 3
5   Abe Goldstein 21 March 1924 3
6   Eddie Martin 19 December 1924 0
7   Charley Phil Rosenberg 20 March 1925 – 18 October 1926 0
Rosenberg was stripped by the NBA during its annual convention after failing to sign a fight with Bud Taylor.
8   Bud Taylor
(awarded title)
18 October 1926 – 18 May 1929 2
Taylor was stripped when he failed to fight for the title for two years and was no longer able to maintain the weight limit.
9   Bushy Graham
(def. Isadore Schwartz)
23 May 1928 – 16 October 1928 0
Stripped for refusing to fight Panama Al Brown.
10   Panamá Al Brown
(awarded title)
16 October 1928 – 3 February 1930 1
Brown was stripped of the title after an NBA special meeting.
11   Panamá Al Brown (2)
(def. Eugène Huat)
4 October 1930 – 18 September 1934 7
Stripped during the annual NBA convention after being suspended.
12   Sixto Escobar
(def. Pete Sanstol)
7 August 1935 0
13   Lou Salica 26 August 1935 0
14   Sixto Escobar (2) 15 November 1935 3
15   Harry Jeffra 23 September 1937 0
16   Sixto Escobar (3) 20 February 1938 – 27 October 1939 1
Escobar vacated the title to move up to featherweight.
17   Georgie Pace
(awarded title)
29 October 1939 1
18   Lou Salica (2) 24 September 1940 4
19   Manuel Ortiz 7 August 1942 15
20   Harold Dade 6 January 1947 0
21   Manuel Ortiz (2) 11 March 1947 4
22   Vic Toweel 31 May 1950 3
23   Jimmy Carruthers 15 November 1952 – 3 May 1954 3
Carruthers vacated and retired from boxing.
24   Robert Cohen
(def. Chamroen Songkitrat)
19 September 1954 – 23 December 1954 1
Cohen was stripped for failing to sign a fight against Raúl Macías within 90 days.
25   Raúl Macías
(def. Chamroen Songkitrat)
9 March 1955 2
26   Alphonse Halimi 6 November 1957 0
27   José Becerra 8 July 1959 – 30 August 1960 2
Becerra retired due to an eye injury.
28   Eder Jofre
(def. Eloy Sanchez)
18 November 1960 8
29   Fighting Harada 18 May 1965 4
30   Lionel Rose 27 February 1968 3
31   Rubén Olivares 22 August 1969 2
32   Chucho Castillo 16 October 1970 0
33   Rubén Olivares (2) 2 April 1971 2
34   Rafael Herrera 19 March 1972 0
35   Enrique Pinder 29 July 1972 0
36   Romeo Anaya 20 January 1973 2
37   Arnold Taylor 3 November 1973 0
38   Hong Soo-Hwan 3 July 1974 1
39   Alfonso Zamora 14 March 1975 5
40   Jorge Luján 19 November 1977 5
41   Julian Solís 29 August 1980 0
42   Jeff Chandler 14 November 1980 9
43   Richie Sandoval 7 April 1984 2
44   Gaby Canizales 10 March 1986 0
45   Bernardo Pinango 4 June 1986 – 1987 3
Pinango vacated in order to move up to super bantamweight.
46   Takuya Muguruma
(def. Azael Moran)
29 March 1987 0
47   Park Chan-Yong 24 May 1987 0
48   Wilfredo Vazquez 4 October 1987 1
49   Kaokor Galaxy 9 May 1988 0
50   Moon Sung-Kil 14 August 1988 2
51   Kaokor Galaxy (2) 9 July 1989 0
52   Luisito Espinosa 18 October 1989 2
53   Israel Contreras 19 October 1991 0
54   Eddie Cook 15 March 1992 0
55   Jorge Julio Rocha 9 October 1992 2
56   Junior Jones 23 October 1993 1
57   John Michael Johnson 22 April 1994 0
58   Daorung Chuvatana 16 July 1994 2
59   Veeraphol Sahaprom 17 September 1995 0
60   Nana Konadu 28 January 1996 0
61   Daorung Chuvatana (2) 27 October 1996 1
62   Nana Konadu (2) 21 June 1997 1
63   Johnny Tapia 5 December 1998 0
64   Paulie Ayala 26 June 1999 – 7 August 2001 3
Ayala vacated in order to move up to super bantamweight.
65   Eidy Moya
(def. Adán Vargas)
14 October 2001 0
66   Johnny Bredahl 19 April 2002 – 11 October 2004 3
Bredahl vacated and retired from boxing.
67   Wladimir Sidorenko
(def. Julio Zarate)
26 February 2005 6
68   Anselmo Moreno 31 May 2008 8
Moreno is promoted to inaugural Super champion on WBA's October 2010 ratings posted in November.[108]
  Anselmo Moreno – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
November 2010 4
(12)
Moreno fought for Undisputed title against Juan Carlos Payano.
69   Juan Carlos PayanoUndisputed champion
(def. Anselmo Moreno)
26 September 2014 1
70   Rau'shee Warren 18 June 2016 0
71   Zhanat Zhakiyanov 10 February 2017 0
Zhakiyanov fought IBF champion Ryan Burnett for the Unified title.
72   Ryan BurnettUnified champion
(def. Zhanat Zhakiyanov)
21 October 2017 1
Burnett is promoted to Super champion on WBA's October 2018 ratings posted on 31st October; just days before his scheduled bout against Nonito Donaire.[109]
  Ryan Burnett – Super champion
(Unified champion promoted)
31 October 2018 0
(1)
73   Nonito Donaire 3 November 2018 1
74   Naoya Inoue 7 November 2019 – present 2

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Koki Kameda
(def. Alexander Muñoz)
26 December 2010 – 6 December 2013 8
Kameda vacated his title after being ordered to fight Super champion Anselmo Moreno and moved down to super flyweight.[110]
2   Jamie McDonnell
(def. Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat)
31 May 2014 5
3   Naoya Inoue 25 May 2018 1
Inoue becomes Unified champion after beating IBF champion Emmanuel Rodríguez.
  Naoya Inoue – Unified champion
(def. Emmanuel Rodríguez)
18 May 2019 – 7 November 2019 0
(1)
Inoue won against Super champion Nonito Donaire.
4   Guillermo Rigondeaux
(def. Liborio Solís)
8 February 2020 – 14 August 2021 0
Rigondeaux is stripped of his title for fighting WBO champion John Riel Casimero; a bout not sanctioned by the WBA.[111]

Super flyweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Gustavo Ballas
(def. Bae Sok-Chul)
12 September 1981 0
2   Rafael Pedroza 5 December 1981 0
3   Jiro Watanabe 8 April 1982 – 5 July 1984 6
Watanabe was stripped of title for not fighting mandatory challenger Khaosai Galaxy.
4   Khaosai Galaxy
(def. Eusebio Espinal)
21 November 1984 – 1992 19
Galaxy vacated and retired from professional boxing.
5   Katsuya Onizuka
(def. Thanomsak Sithbaobay)
10 April 1992 5
6   Lee Hyung-Chul 18 September 1994 1
7   Alimi Goitia 22 July 1995 3
8   Yokthai Sithoar 24 August 1996 4
9   Satoshi Iida 23 December 1997 2
10   Jesús Kiki Rojas 23 December 1998 1
11   Hideki Todaka 31 July 1999 2
12   Leo Gámez 9 October 2000 0
13   Celes Kobayashi 11 March 2001 1
14   Alexander Muñoz 9 March 2002 3
15   Martín Castillo 3 December 2004 3
16   Nobuo Nashiro 22 July 2006 1
17   Alexander Munoz (2) 3 May 2007 2
Muñoz fought for the inaugural Unified title against WBC champion Cristian Mijares.
18   Cristian MijaresUnified champion
(def. Alexander Muñoz)
17 May 2008 1
Mijares fought for the Undisputed title against IBF champion Vic Darchinyan.
19   Vic DarchinyanUndisputed champion
(def. Cristian Mijares)
1 November 2008 1
Status changed to Unified champion when Darchinyan vacated the IBF title.
  Vic Darchinyan – Unified champion 28 July 2009 – 15 October 2010 2
(3)
Darchinyan vacated to move up to bantamweight.
20   Hugo CázaresRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
15 October 2010 2
21   Tomonobu Shimizu 31 August 2011 – 10 November 2011 0
Shimizu declared champion in recess.
22   Tepparith KokietgymRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
14 November 2011 3
23   Kohei Kono 31 December 2012 0
25   Liborio Solís 6 May 2013 – 2 December 2013 0
Solís was stripped of his title before the fight with Daiki Kameda for being overweight.[112] Solís won the fight in split decision but title was at stake for Kameda only.
26   Kohei Kono (2) – Regular Champion
(def. Denkaosan Kaovichit);
(Primary champion vacant)
26 March 2014 3
27   Luis Concepción 31 August 2016 – 9 December 2016 0
Concepción was stripped of his title before the fight with Khalid Yafai for being overweight. Only Yafai can win the title.[113]
28   Khalid YafaiRegular champion
(def. Luis Concepción);
(Primary champion vacant)
10 December 2016 5
Yafai fought for the Super title against Román González.[114]
29   Román GonzálezSuper champion
(def. Khalid Yafai)
29 February 2020 1
30   Juan Francisco Estrada 13 March 2021 – present 0

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Nobuo Nashiro
(def. Kohei Kono)
15 September 2008 2
2   Hugo Cázares 8 May 2010 – 15 October 2010 2
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
3   Andrew Moloney
(interim champion promoted)
3 March 2020 0
4   Joshua Franco 23 June 2020 – present 2

FlyweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Jimmy Wilde
(awarded inaugural title)
January 1921 0
2   Pancho Villa 18 June 1923 – 4 July 1925 3
Title vacated because Villa died from Ludwig's angina resulting from an infection that spread to his throat.
3   Fidel LaBarba
(def. Frankie Genaro)
22 August 1925 – 25 August 1927 2
LaBarba retired to attend Stanford University.
4   Pinky Silverberg
(def. Ruby Bradley)
22 October 1927 – 1927 0
Silverberg was stripped as the NBA decided to hold a flyweight tournament to declare a new champion instead.
5   Frenchy Belanger
(def. Ernie Jarvis)
19 December 1927 0
6   Frankie Genaro 6 February 1928 3
7   Émile Pladner 2 March 1929 0
8   Frankie Genaro (2) 18 April 1928 7
9   Victor Perez 26 October 1931 0
10   Jackie Brown 31 October 1932 – 3 August 1934 3
Brown was stripped of the title after sentenced to a 4 month conviction to prison for biting a piece of a man's ear during a street fight.
11   Benny Lynch
(def. Jackie Brown)
9 September 1935 – 29 June 1938 3
Lynch was stripped when he failed to make weight for a title defense against Jackie Jurich.
12   Peter Kane
(def. Jackie Jurich)
22 September 1938 – 11 December 1939 0
Kane was stripped of the title.
13   Jackie Paterson
(def. Peter Kane)
19 June 1943 – 31 July 1947 1
Paterson was stripped of the title.
14   Rinty Monaghan
(def. Dado Marino)
20 October 1947 – 30 March 1950 3
Monaghan retired after his third defense.
15   Terry Allen
(def. Honore Pratesi)
25 April 1950 0
16   Dado Marino 1 August 1950 0
17   Yoshio Shirai 19 May 1952 1
18   Pascual Perez 26 November 1954 4
19   Pone Kingpetch 16 April 1960 9
20   Fighting Harada 10 October 1962 0
21   Pone Kingpetch (2) 12 January 1963 0
22   Hiroyuki Ebihara 18 September 1963 0
23   Pone Kingpetch (3) 23 January 1964 0
24   Salvatore Burruni 23 April 1965 – November 1965 0
Burruni was stripped of title for failing to meet the organization's number one contender, Hiroyuki Ebihara.
25   Horacio Accavallo
(def. Katsuyoshi Takayama)
1 March 1966 – 1 October 1968 3
Accavallo retired after his third defense fight, against Hiroyuki Ebihara.
27   Hiroyuki Ebihara (2)
(def. José Severino)
30 March 1969 0
28   Bernabe Villacampo 19 October 1969 0
29   Berkrerk Chartvanchai 5 April 1970 0
30   Masao Ohba 22 October 1970 – 25 January 1973 5
Ohba died in a car accident in Tokyo.
31   Chartchai Chionoi
(def. Fritz Chervet)
17 May 1973 2
32   Susumu Hanagata 18 October 1974 0
33   Erbito Salavarria 1 April 1975 1
34   Alfonso Lopez 27 February 1976 1
35   Guty Espadas 2 October 1976 4
36   Betulio González 12 August 1978 3
37   Luis Ibarra 17 November 1979 0
38   Kim Tae-Shik 17 February 1980 1
39   Peter Mathebula 13 December 1980 0
40   Santos Benigno Laciar 28 March 1981 0
41   Luis Ibarra (2) 6 June 1981 0
42   Juan Herrera 26 September 1981 1
43   Santos Benigno Laciar (2) 1 May 1982 – 19 July 1985 9
Laciar vacated in order to move up to super flyweight.
44   Hilario Zapata
(def. Alonzo González)
5 October 1985 5
45   Fidel Bassa 13 February 1987 6
46   Jesús Kiki Rojas 30 September 1989 0
47   Lee Yul-Woo 10 March 1990 0
48   Leopard Tamakuma 29 July 1990 1
49   Elvis Álvarez 14 March 1991 0
50   Kim Yong-Kang 1 June 1991 2
51   Aquiles Guzman 26 September 1992 0
52   David Griman 15 December 1992 2
53   Saen Sor Ploenchit 13 February 1994 9
54   Jose Bonilla 24 November 1996 3
55   Hugo Rafael Soto 29 May 1998 0
56   Leo Gámez 13 March 1999 0
57   Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym 3 September 1999 1
58   Eric Morel 5 August 2000 5
59   Lorenzo Parra 6 December 2003 5
60   Takefumi Sakata 19 March 2007 4
61   Denkaosan Kaovichit 31 December 2008 2
62   Daiki Kameda 7 February 2010 – 4 January 2011 2
Kameda vacated in order to move up to super flyweight.[115]
63   Luis Concepcion
(interim champion promoted)
4 January 2011 0
64   Hernán Márquez 2 April 2011 2
Marquez fought for Unified title against WBO champion Brian Viloria.
65   Brian ViloriaUnified champion
(def. Hernán Márquez)
17 November 2012 0
66   Juan Francisco Estrada 6 April 2013 – 14 September 2016 5
Estrada vacated and moved to super flyweight.[116]
67   Kazuto IokaRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
14 September 2016 – 9 November 2017 2
Ioka vacated and announced retirement later on.[117]
68   Artem DalakianRegular champion
(def. Brian Viloria);
(Primary champion vacant)
24 February 2018 – present 4

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Juan Carlos Reveco
(interim champion promoted)
17 November 2012 6
2   Kazuto Ioka 22 April 2015 – 14 September 2016 3
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.

Light flyweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Jaime Rios
(def. Rigoberto Marcano)
23 August 1975 1
2   Juan Antonio Guzman 2 July 1976 0
3   Yoko Gushiken 10 October 1976 13
4   Pedro Flores 8 March 1981 0
5   Kim Hwan-Jin 19 July 1981 1
6   Katsuo Tokashiki 16 December 1981 5
7   Lupe Madera 10 July 1983 1
8   Francisco Quiróz 19 May 1984 1
9   Joey Olivo 29 March 1985 1
10   Yuh Myung-Woo 8 December 1985 17
11   Hiroki Ioka 17 December 1991 2
12   Yuh Myung-Woo (2) 18 November 1992 – 1993 1
Yuh vacated and retired from professional boxing.
13   Leo Gámez
(def. Shiro Yahiro)
21 October 1993 3
14   Choi Hi-Yong 4 February 1995 1
15   Carlos Murillo 13 January 1996 1
16   Keiji Yamaguchi 21 May 1996 1
17   Pichitnoi Sitbangprachan 3 December 1996 – July 2000 5
Sitbangprachan was stripped of title.
18   Beibis Mendoza
(def. Rosendo Alvarez)
12 August 2000 0
19   Rosendo Alvarez 3 March 2001 – 2 October 2004 3
Alvarez was stripped of title before his fourth fight with Beibis Mendoza for being overweight.
20   Roberto Vásquez
(def. Beibis Mendoza)
29 April 2005 – 25 May 2006 3
Vásquez vacated to move up to flyweight.
21   Kōki Kameda
(def. Juan José Landaeta)
2 August 2006 – 18 January 2007 1
Kameda vacated to move up to flyweight.
22   Juan Carlos Reveco
(def. Nethra Sasiprapa)
22 June 2007 1
23   Brahim Asloum 8 December 2007 – 18 July 2008 1
Asloum was declared champion in recess.
24   Giovani Segura
(interim champion promoted)
5 June 2009 3
Segura becomes the inaugural Unified champion after unifying with WBO and The Ring champion Iván Calderón.
  Giovani Segura – Unified champion
(def. Iván Calderón)
28 August 2010 – 26 November 2010 1
(4)
Segura vacated to fight at flyweight.
25   Juan Carlos Reveco (2) – Regular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
26 November 2010 – 4 February 2011 0
Reveco vacated to move up to flyweight.[118]
26   Román GonzálezRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
4 February 2011 5
González promoted to inaugural Super champion.[119]
  Román González – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
30 November 2012 – 14 January 2014 0
(5)
González vacated to move up to flyweight.[120]
27   Kazuto IokaRegular champion
(Primary champion vacant)
14 January 2014 – 28 February 2014 0
Ioka vacated to move up to flyweight.[121]
28   Alberto RosselRegular champion
(interim champion promoted);
(Primary champion vacant)
8 July 2014 0
29   Ryoichi Taguchi 31 December 2014 6
Taguchi declared Unified champion after unifying titles with IBF champion Milan Melindo.
  Ryoichi Taguchi – Unified champion
(def. Milan Melindo)
31 December 2017 1
(7)
Taguchi fought Budler for the Super title.
30   Hekkie BudlerSuper champion
(def. Ryoichi Taguchi)
20 May 2018 0
31   Hiroto Kyoguchi 31 December 2018 – present 3

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Juan Carlos Reveco
(interim champion promoted)
28 August 2010 – 26 November 2010 0
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
2   Kazuto Ioka
(def. José Alfredo Rodríguez)
31 December 2012 – 14 January 2014 3
Moved to primary champion due to its vacancy.
3   Carlos Cañizales
(def. Reiya Konishi)
18 March 2018 2
4   Esteban Bermudez 28 May 2021 – present 0

MinimumweightEdit

Primary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Leo Gámez
(def. Kim Bong-Jun)
10 January 1988 – 1989 1
Gamez vacated after a broken arm did not allow him to defend the title.
2   Kim Bong-Jun
(def. Agustín García)
16 April 1989 5
3   Choi Hi-Yong 2 February 1991 4
4   Hideyuki Ohashi 14 October 1992 0
5   Chana Porpaoin 10 February 1993 8
6   Rosendo Álvarez 2 December 1995 – 13 November 1998 5
Álvarez stripped of title before his fight with Ricardo López for being overweight. Title was at stake only for López who managed to beat the heavier Álvarez.
7   Ricardo López
(def. Rosendo Alvarez)
13 November 1998 – July 1999 0
Lopez vacated in order to move up to light flyweight.
8   Noel Arambulet
(def. Joma Gamboa)
9 October 1999 – 19 August 2000 1
Arambulet stripped of title before his rematch fight with Joma Gamboa for being overweight. Title was at stake only for Gamboa who managed to beat the heavier Arambulet.
9   Joma Gamboa
(def. Noel Arambulet)
20 August 2000 0
10   Keitaro Hoshino 6 December 2000 0
11   Chana Porpaoin 16 April 2001 0
12   Yutaka Niida 25 August 2001 – 19 October 2001 0
Niida vacated and retired citing back problems and lack of interest in boxing.
13   Keitaro Hoshino (2)
(def. Joma Gamboa)
29 January 2002 0
14   Noel Arambulet (2) 29 July 2002 – 2 July 2004 2
Arambulet stripped of title before his rematch fight with Yutaka Niida for being overweight. Title was at stake only for Niida who managed to beat the heavier Arambulet.
15   Yutaka Niida (2)
(def. Noel Arambulet)
3 July 2004 7
16   Roman Gonzalez 15 September 2008 – 8 October 2010 3
Gonzalez vacated in order to move up to light flyweight.
17   Kwanthai Sithmorseng
(def. Pigmy Kokietgym)
5 November 2010 0
18   Muhammad Rachman 19 April 2011 0
19   Pornsawan Porpramook 30 July 2011 0
20   Akira Yaegashi 24 October 2011 0
21   Kazuto Ioka 24 June 2012 – 2 October 2012 0
Ioka vacated in order to move up to light flyweight.
22   Ryo Miyazaki
(def. Pornsawan Porpramook)
31 December 2012 – 27 December 2013 2
Miyazaki vacated in order to move up to light flyweight.[122]
23   Hekkie Budler
(def. Karluis Díaz)
1 March 2014 4
24   Byron Rojas 19 March 2016 0
25   Knockout CP Freshmart 29 June 2016 7
CP Freshmart is promoted to inaugural Super champion on WBA's February 2020 official ratings posted on 1 March.[123]
  Knockout CP Freshmart – Super champion
(Regular champion promoted)
1 March 2020 – present 2
(9)

Secondary champion lineageEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Vic Saludar
(def. Robert Paradero)
20 February 2021 – present 0

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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