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Heavy Weight Boxing Champions

Boxing has many ruling bodies, each of which has a world champion belt and title holder, so it can get quite confusing trying to follow who is the current world champion heavyweight boxer. Listed below are the past champions from 5 of the major boxing organisations since 1970. The WBA (World Boxing Association), the WBC (World Boxing Council), the IBF (International Boxing Federation), the WBO (World Boxing Organization) and the IBO (International Boxing Organization).

For clarity I've listed the champion boxers in a flowchart sort of way with the 5 boxing ruling bodies listed across the top and the consecutive boxing champs running down the columns in alternating dark and light colours.

Year WBA WBC IBF WBO IBO  
2005John Ruiz
Feb 04 - present
Vitali Klitschko
Apr 04 - present
Chris Byrd
Dec 02- present
Lamon Brewster
Apr 04 - present
Vacant
Apr 04 - present
 
 
 
 
2004 
 
 
Roy Jones Jr.
Mar 03 - Feb 04
Lennox Lewis
Nov 01 - Feb 04
Vacant
Oct 03 - Apr 04
Lennox Lewis
Nov 01 - Feb 04
 
2003 
Corrie Sanders
Mar 03 - Oct 03
 
 
John Ruiz
Mar 01 - Mar 03
Wladimir Klitschko
Oct 00 - Mar 03
 
2002Vacant 
Lennox Lewis
Nov 01 - Sep 02
 
 
 
2001 
Hasim Rahman
Apr 01 - Nov 01
Hasim Rahman
Apr 01 - Nov 01
Hasim Rahman
Apr 01 - Nov 01
 
 
Evander Holyfield
Aug 00 - Mar 01
Lennox Lewis
Feb 97 - Apr 01
Lennox Lewis
Nov 99 01 - Apr 01
Lennox Lewis
Nov 99 - Apr 01
 
2000 
Chris Byrd
Apr 00 - Oct 00
 
Vacant 
Lennox Lewis
Nov 99 - Apr 00
Vitali Klitschko
Jun 99 - Apr 00
 
1999 
Evander Holyfield
Nov 96 - Nov 99
Evander Holyfield
Nov 97 - Nov 99
Brian Nielsen
Jan 96 - Sep 99
 
Herbie Hide
Jun 97 - Jun 99
 
 
1998 
 
 
 
1997 
Michael Moorer
Jun 96 - Nov 97
 
Vacant 
Henry Akinwande
Jun 96 - Feb 97
 
1996Mike TysonVacant 
Bruce Seldon
Apr 95 - Sep 96
Mike Tyson
Mar 96 - Sep 96
 
Vacant
Jun 95 - Jun 96
Francois Botha
title revoked
- drug abuse
Riddick Bowe
Mar 95 - May 96
 
Frank Bruno
Sep 95 - Mar 96
 
1995Jimmy Thunder
Oct 94 - Nov 95
 
Oliver McCall
Sep 94 - Sep 95
 
George Foreman
Nov 94 - Jun 95
 
George Foreman
Nov 94 - Mar 95
Herbie Hide
Mar 94 - Mar 95
 
1994 
Michael Moorer
Apr 94 - Nov 94
Lennox Lewis
Dec 92 - Sep 94
Michael Moorer
Apr 94 - Nov 94
Danell Nicholson 
Vacant
Jan 93 - Aug 94
 
Evander Holyfield
Nov 93 - Apr 94
Evander Holyfield
Nov 93 - Apr 94
Michael Bentt
Oct 93 - Mar 94
 
1993 
Riddick Bowe
Nov 92 - Nov 93
Riddick Bowe
Nov 92 - Nov 93
Tommy Morrison
Jun 93 - Oct 93
 
 
Michael Moorer
May 92 - Feb 93
 
1992Riddick BowePinklon Thomas
Nov 92 - Jan 93
 
Evander Holyfield
Oct 90 - Nov 92
Evander Holyfield
Oct 90 - Nov 92
Evander Holyfield
Oct 90 - Nov 92
 
IBO founded 1991 
Vacant  
1991Ray Mercer
Jan 91 - Dec 91
 
 
 
 
1990Francesco Damiani
May 89 - Jan 91
 
James "Buster" Douglas
Feb 90 - Oct 90
James "Buster" Douglas
Feb 90 - Oct 90
James "Buster" Douglas
Feb 90 - Oct 90
 
 
Mike Tyson
Mar 87 - Feb 90
Mike Tyson
Nov 86 - Feb 90
Mike Tyson
Aug 87 - Feb 90
 
1989 
 
 
WBO founded 1988 
1988  
 
 
 
1987 
 
Tony Tucker 
James "Bonecrusher" SmithMichael Spinks
Sep 85 - Feb 87
 
1986Tim Witherspoon
Jan 86 - Dec 86
 
Trevor Berbick
Mar 86 - Nov 86
 
 
Pinklon Thomas
Aug 84 - Mar 86
 
1985Tony Tubbs
Apr 85 - Jan 86
 
Larry Holmes
Dec 83 - Sep 85
 
 
Greg Page 
1984Gerrie Coetzee
Sep 83 - Dec 84
 
Tim Witherspoon
Mar 84 - Aug 84
 
 
Vacant 
1983Larry Holmes
Jun 78 - Dec 83
IBF founded 1983 
Michael Dokes
Dec 82 - Sep 83
  
 
 
1982Mike Weaver
Mar 80 - Dec 82
 
 
 
 
1981 
 
 
 
1980 
 
 
John Tate
Oct 79 - Mar 80
 
1979 
Vacant
Apr 79 - Oct 79
 
 
Muhammad Ali
Sep 78 - Apr 79
 
1978 
Leon Spinks
Feb 78 - Sep 78
Ken Norton 
Leon Spinks 
Muhammad Ali
Oct 74 - Feb 78
Muhammad Ali
Oct 74 - Feb 78
 
1977 
 
 
 
1976 
 
 
 
1975 
 
 
 
1974 
George Foreman
Jan 73 - Oct 74
George Foreman
Jan 73 - Oct 74
 
 
 
1973 
 
 
 
1972Joe Frazier
Feb 70 - Jan 73
Joe Frazier
Feb 70 - Jan 73
 
 
 
 
1971 
 
 
 
1970 
 
 
 
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