World Champions

While some believe belts are no longer important in modern day boxing we respectfully disagree. They still form a part of the sport’s history. A full and comprehensive boxing world champions list of all modern day active professional male world boxing champions can be found below.

Boxing as a sport has a long history of great world champions, that much is certain and is important.

However, due to the confusion of so many belts and title holders in different weight classes they have become less important.

Not just to the casual fan but hardcore fight fans alike.

Across the board on both sides of the pond.

The solution to the quagmire is complex.

Perhaps unfixable.

Never say never, though.

The three main governing bodies on this page we focus on are the WBC, WBO and IBF.

The WBA will still be included in our articles for the time being.

Until promises of one belt per weight are reached that will be all for now.

Indeed, it is perhaps a minor symptom of route causes of issues that undermine the administration of the sport.

I would imagine world titles will always be important in some shape or form.

Whatever way they might manifest in reality in the years ahead.

It is hard to say.

We will remain hopeful and positive about some constructive changes in this area of boxing moving forward.

On a bigger scale, nowadays, it could be argued that fans just want to just see the best fight the best.

Regardless of what belt they are fighting for.

However some uniformity of communication in perception of world champions would be welcome.

Clarity is key in all sports and businesses alike.

Everyone following a sport needs to know who the best is in a given weight class.

Belts used to do this but these days it is only when a fighter unifies them or attains a majority that this concept seems to be plausible.

For now here are the current list of world champions as we see it in modern professional boxing.

WBC: World Boxing Council

Heavyweight – Tyson Fury

Cruiserweight – Ilunga Makabu

Light-Heavyweight – Artur Beterbiev

Super-Middleweight -Vacant

Middleweight – Jermall Charlo

Super-Welterweight – Jermell Charlo

Welterweight – Errol Spence

Super-Lightweight – Jose Ramirez

Lightweight – Devin Haney

Super-Featherweight – Miguel Berchelt

Featherweight – Gary Russell Jr

Super-Bantamweight – Luis Nery

Bantamweight – Nordine Oubaali

Super-Flyweight – Juan Francisco Estrada

Flyweight – Julio Cesar Martinez

Light-Flyweight – Ken Shiro

Strawweight (aka ‘Minimumweight’) – Chayaphon Moonsri

WBO: World Boxing Organization

Heavyweight – Anthony Joshua

Cruiserweight – Vacant

Light-Heavyweight – Vacant

Super-Middleweight – Billy Joe Saunders

Middleweight – Demetrius Andrade

Super-Welterweight – Patrick Teixeira

Welterweight – Terence Crawford

Super-Lightweight – Jose Carlos Ramirez

Lightweight – Teofimo Lopez

Super-Featherweight – Jamel Herring

Featherweight – Emanuel Navarrete

Super-Bantamweight – Angelo Leo

Bantamweight – John Riel Casimero

Super-Flyweight – Kazuto Ioka

Flyweight – Vacant

Light-Flyweight – Elwin Soto

Straw weight (aka ‘Minimumweight’) – Wilfredo Mendez

IBF: International Boxing Federation

Heavyweight – Anthony Joshua

Cruiserweight – Mairis Briedis

Light-Heavyweight – Artur Beterbiev

Super-Middleweight – Caleb Plant

Middleweight – Gennady Golovkin

Super-Welterweight – Jermell Charlo

Welterweight – Errol Spence Jr

Super-Lightweight – Josh Taylor

Lightweight – Teofimo Lopez

Super-Featherweight – Joseph Diaz

Featherweight – Josh Warrington

Super-Bantamweight – Murodjon Akhmadaliev

Bantamweight – Naoya Inoue

Super-Flyweight – Jerwin Ancajas

Flyweight – Moruti Mthalane

Light-Flyweight – Felix Alvarado

Strawweight (aka ‘Minimumweight’) – Pedro Taduran

Note: This list will be updated when appropriate following world title bouts or when belts become vacant.


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