List of lineal boxing world champions

The Cyber Boxing Zone (CBZ) website maintains an official list of lineal champions in professional boxing, with input from Tracy Callis of the International Boxing Research Organization. These were first published in 1994, and are retrospective to the introduction of the Queensberry Rules in 1885.[1][2] The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, which promotes the concept of one world champion per weight division,[3][4] hands out the most complete version of lineal championship and is recognized by CBZ for maintaining the list of genuine lineal world champions.[5]


John L. Sullivan in his prime during the 1890s
Bob Fitzsimmons in 1891
Muhammad Ali was the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion in boxing.


David Haye in 2006

Light heavyweight

Jack Root was the first light heavyweight champion of the world
Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier boxed in the first million-dollar gate
Battling Siki

Super middleweight

Joe Calzaghe in 2007


"Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey
Harry Greb
Robinson being held aloft by Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio in 1965
"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler

Light middleweight

Kim Ki-soo was South Korea's first world boxing champion
Sugar Ray Leonard in 1984


Mysterious Billy Smith
William "Matty" Matthews
Joe Walcott
Jimmy McLarnin
Young Jack Thompson
Henry Armstrong in 1937

Light welterweight

Pinky Mitchell was the first champion in the light welterweight division
Carlos Ortiz is considered among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time


Kid Lavigne was boxing's first widely recognized World Lightweight Champion
Battling Nelson
Welsh vs Rivers, St Patricks Day 1914 in Vernon, California
Walcott vs. Joe Gans

Super featherweight

Jack Bernstein
Joseph "Sandy" Saddler


George Dixon, c. 1894. He was the first black world boxing champion in any weight class
Gabriel "Flash" Elorde
Terry McGovern

Super bantamweight

Dong-Kyun Yum in 1976 when he was crowned the WBC super bantamweight champion


Barry held the World Bantamweight Championship from 1894 to 1899 and retired undefeated
Panama Al Brown, was a bantamweight boxer from Panama who made history by becoming boxing's first Hispanic world champion
Mario D'Agata was the first, and so far only, deaf world champion in boxing

Super flyweight

Jimmy Wilde


Pancho Villa was the first Filipino/Asian world champion
Jimmy Wilde And Pancho Villa in the ring before their match, on June 18, 1923
Pascual Perez was Argentina's first world boxing champion
Miguel Canto vs Shoji Oguma, 1974. Fukushima, Japan

Light flyweight

Yoshio Shirai was crowned Japan's first world champion, 1952.


Yo-Sam Choi

See also


  1. DeLisa, Mike (August 2004). "What the CBZ Means When it Refers to "Lineal Championships"". The CBZ Journal. cyberboxingzone. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  2. Rold, Cliff (July 2007). "Boxing's Lineal Mathematics: Champion Versus Champion II". Wail!. CBZ. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  3. Paul Gibson (September 9, 2011). "Boxing loses credibility with every new champion. Can the sport be saved?". The Guardian. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. Raskin, Eric (2013-04-02). "TBRB: A viable alphabet alternative?". ESPN.
  5. "Filling the void when championship becomes vacant". Lineal Champs.
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