World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Champions

 

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Deontay Wilder is the latest fighter in a long list of heavyweights to hold the World Boxing Council (WBC) crown dating back to 1963. The Bronze Bomber retained his belt Saturday night with an eighth round TKO against Chris Arreola in Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Here is a list of others who have reigned as WBC champ.

 

1963-Present

 

Sonny Liston July 22, 1963 – February 25, 1964
Muhammad Ali February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969 (stripped)
Joe Frazier February 16, 1970 – January 22, 1973
George Foreman January 22, 1973 – October 30, 1974
Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 – February 15, 1978
Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 – March 18, 1978 (stripped)
Ken Norton
(Status elevated as #1 contender)
March 29, 1978 – June 9, 1978
Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 – December 11, 1983 (vacated)
Tim Witherspoon March 9, 1984 – August 31, 1984
Pinklon Thomas August 31, 1984 – March 22, 1986
Trevor Berbick March 22, 1986 – November 22, 1986
Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 – February 11, 1990
James “Buster” Douglas February 11, 1990 – October 25, 1990
Evander Holyfield October 25, 1990 – November 13, 1992
Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 – December 14, 1992 (stripped)
Lennox Lewis
Status elevated when
Bowe refused to face Lewis
December 14, 1992 – September 24, 1994
Oliver McCall September 24, 1994 – September 2, 1995
Frank Bruno September 2, 1995 – March 16, 1996
Mike Tyson March 16, 1996 – September 24, 1996 (vacated)
Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 – April 22, 2001
Hasim Rahman April 22, 2001 – November 17, 2001
Lennox Lewis November 17, 2001 – February 6, 2004 (retired)
Vitali Klitschko April 24, 2004 – November 9, 2005 (retired)
Hasim Rahman
(Elevated from Interim status)
November 9, 2005 – August 12, 2006
Oleg Maskaev August 12, 2006 – March 8, 2008
Samuel Peter March 8, 2008 – October 11, 2008
Vitali Klitschko October 11, 2008 – December 15, 2013 (retired)
Bermane Stiverne May 10, 2014 – January 17, 2015
Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 – Present