World heavyweight boxing championship records and statistics

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At the beginnings of boxing, the heavyweight division had no weight limit and the category historically has been vaguely defined.wikipedia
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Vitali Klitschko

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In 2005, Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko retired as WBC Champion. Riddick Bowe remains the only heavyweight boxer to win all four world titles (WBA, WBC and IBF in 1992–93 and WBO in 1995), while Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are the only brothers to hold them at the same time (from 2011 to 2013).
As a boxer, Klitschko is a three-time world heavyweight champion, the second-longest-reigning WBC heavyweight champion of all time, has the fifth-longest combined world championship reign in history at 2,735 days, the third-longest individual WBC heavyweight title streak of all time at 9 consecutive defenses, and the fourth-longest combined title streak in the modern heavyweight history at 15 title bouts.

Joe Louis

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He was victorious in 25 consecutive title defenses.

Wladimir Klitschko

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Riddick Bowe remains the only heavyweight boxer to win all four world titles (WBA, WBC and IBF in 1992–93 and WBO in 1995), while Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are the only brothers to hold them at the same time (from 2011 to 2013).
Klitschko holds the record for the longest cumulative heavyweight title reign of all time, with 4,382 days as world heavyweight champion, and defeated 23 opponents for the world heavyweight championship, the most in history.

Larry Holmes

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The inaugural IBF Heavyweight Champion was Larry Holmes, who relinquished the WBC title to accept IBF's recognition, thus helping the newly formed organization to establish its legitimacy.
He also holds the record for the longest individual heavyweight title streak in the modern boxing history.

Johnny Paychek

Though considered a journeyman, he did face Joe Louis in 1940 for the lineal heavyweight title.

List of world heavyweight boxing champions

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In the 19th century, for example, many heavyweight champions weighed 170 pounds (12 st 2 lb, 77 kg) or less (although others weighed 200 pounds). The first heavyweight champion under the Marquess of Queensberry rules was John L. Sullivan, known as "The Boston Strong Boy".

List of undefeated boxing world champions

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Boxing

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At the beginnings of boxing, the heavyweight division had no weight limit and the category historically has been vaguely defined.

Heavyweight

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At the beginnings of boxing, the heavyweight division had no weight limit and the category historically has been vaguely defined.

Weight class (boxing)

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At the beginnings of boxing, the heavyweight division had no weight limit and the category historically has been vaguely defined.

Pound (mass)

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In the 19th century, for example, many heavyweight champions weighed 170 pounds (12 st 2 lb, 77 kg) or less (although others weighed 200 pounds).

John L. Sullivan

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The first heavyweight champion under the Marquess of Queensberry rules was John L. Sullivan, known as "The Boston Strong Boy".

James J. Corbett

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He was defeated by Jim Corbett on September 7, 1892, in 21 rounds.

Light heavyweight

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In 1920, the minimum weight for a heavyweight was set at 175 pounds (12 st 7 lb, 79 kg), which today is the light heavyweight division maximum.

Cruiserweight (boxing)

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Since 1980, for most boxing organizations, the maximum weight for a cruiserweight has been 200 pounds.

World Boxing Council

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In 2005, Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko retired as WBC Champion. Boxers who weigh 200 pounds and over (14 st 3 lb, 90 kg) are considered heavyweights by the major professional boxing organizations: the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council, and the World Boxing Organization. He was stripped of WBC and WBA titles but remained The Ring and lineal boxing champion, despite not having a boxing match until October 1970.

Undisputed champion

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Since the 1960s, the heavyweight title has become fractured amongst various sanctioning organizations, and so what was once known as the single "Heavyweight Champion", is now referred to as the "Undisputed Champion" as the one fighter that has defeated all the other titlists.

Muhammad Ali

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In March 1967, Muhammad Ali was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport because of his refusal to be inducted into the armed forces.

List of The Ring world champions

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He was stripped of WBC and WBA titles but remained The Ring and lineal boxing champion, despite not having a boxing match until October 1970.

List of lineal boxing world champions

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He was stripped of WBC and WBA titles but remained The Ring and lineal boxing champion, despite not having a boxing match until October 1970.

Samuel Peter

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On August 3, 2008 the WBC awarded Klitschko a chance to regain his WBC Heavyweight title against then-champion Samuel Peter.

Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight

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For an early example, see the 1896 World Heavyweight Championship.

New York State Athletic Commission

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The major governing bodies were the National Boxing Association, formed in 1921, the New York State Athletic Commission, found after the Walker Law legalized prizefighting in New York in 1920, and the International Boxing Union, created in 1911 in Paris in an attempt create a unified international governing body for professional boxing.