Knowledge Identifier: $Heavyweight



Division, or weight class, in boxingadd

Category: Boxing

Launched in 1960.

Countries: United States (42%), (14%), United Kingdom (7%)

Main connections: World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, Wladimir Klitschko

Linked to: World Boxing Association




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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 add something


Gregorio Peralta - Peralta was given his first chance at winning a belt when he fought Jose Giorgetti, on August 4, 1962, at Mar del Plata for the Argentine Heavyweight title


Gregorio Peralta - After two more wins, including another one over Thornton, Peralta was given a shot at Pastrano's world Light-Heavyweight title, on April 10, 1964 in New Orleans , Louisiana


Julius Francis - "' Julius Francis"' is a former British Heavyweight champion boxer - who participated in many noteworthy boxing matches in the 1990s and 2000s


Oliver McCall - "'Oliver "The Atomic Bull" McCall"' is an American professional Heavyweight boxer best known for winning the WBC heavyweight title in 1994 after scoring an upset knockout victory over Lennox Lewis, in Lewis' home town of London, England , followed by his infamous in-ring meltdown in the rematch


Gregorio Peralta - Peralta went on to win nine of his next ten fights, including a rematch victory over Mauro Mina, outpointed in ten rounds at Buenos Aires on September 19 of '64, before defending his Argentine Heavyweight title for the first time, and losing it, to Oscar Bonavena by a twelve round decision on September 4, 1965 in Buenos Aires


Ingemar Johansson - On April 22, 1966, he boxed a five-round exhibition with European Heavyweight Champion Karl Mildenberger for his first co-promotion


Muhammad Ali - In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War


Gregorio Peralta - These included a ten round win over perennial contender Jose Urtain on October 8, a win over Leroy Caldwell by a fourth round knockout on February 2, 1972, and a ten round decision loss to Bob Foster world Light Heavyweight title challenger Ray Anderson on June 9 of that same year


Mitch Green - Green won the 1976 Sub-Novice Heavyweight Championship and the 1977, 1979 and 1980 Heavyweight Open Championships


Greg Page (boxer) - In 1976, at the U.S.A.-U.S.S.R. Amateur Heavyweight Championships in Las Vegas, Page scored a major victory when he defeated Igor Vysotsky, the big punching Russian who twice beat the legendary Cuban and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Teofilo Stevenson


Greg Page (boxer) - Page won the National AAU Heavyweight Championship in 1977


Chuck Wepner - Wepner's last fight was on May 2, 1978 for the New Jersey State Heavyweight Championship against a new rising prospect, Scott Frank, noted for a useful heavy left hook


Marvis Frazier - He was the 1979 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion and 1980 National AAU Heavyweight Champion


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


Michael Bentt - His other amateur titles included the 1981 New York City Police Athletic League Champion, 1980 NYC Kids Gloves Champion, Empire State Games Heavyweight Champion


Greg Page (boxer) - Page won the vacant USBA Heavyweight title on February 7, 1981 with a seventh-round TKO of Stan Ward


Stan Longinidis - Stan began his career in 1983, winning two amateur titles before challenging for the World Light Heavyweight Title in 1987, a contest ending in a draw


Dennis Alexio - Before moving up in weight class, Alexio was still able to become world champion at light heavyweight, beating Rob Salazar for the PKA World Light Heavyweight Championship in his hometown of Vacaville, California on September 14, 1984


Greg Page (boxer) - He was the WBA Heavyweight Champion from December 1984 to April 1985, losing the title in his first defence


Alex Stewart (boxer) - Lost to Michael Bent in a thrilling match in the 1985 Heavyweight Golden Gloves Finals


Jesse Ferguson - This earned him a place in ESPN's 1985 Young Heavyweight tournament


Tony Tubbs - On March 15, 1985, he faced future WBA Heavyweight Champ James "Bonecrusher" Smith in a WBA title Eliminator


Michael Bentt - Bentt counts as one of the greatest moments of his amateur boxing career as avenging an earlier defeat suffered at the hands of three-time World Amateur Heavyweight Champion, Alexander Yagubkin, at the 1986 World Championships in Reno, Nevada, Nevada


Tony Tubbs - On January 17, 1986, Tubbs made his first title defense against former WBC Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon


Lou Savarese - In 1987 Savarese advanced to the finals of the Super Heavyweight Open division


Dennis Alexio - Less than a month later, he defended his KICK Heavyweight belt and won the vacant ISKA Heavyweight title against Jeff Hollins on June 20, 1987 in Denver, Colorado


Evander Holyfield - In the beginning of a trilogy of bouts with the 25-year old Riddick Bowe, who had won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics, in the Super Heavyweight division, he suffered his first defeat when Bowe won the undisputed title by a 12-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas


Saul Montana - Montana turned pro in 1988 and won the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship by knocking out an undefeated Isaias Lucero es negro


David Tua - Tua won the 1988 New Zealand Amateur Heavyweight championship, in a series of fights became internationally respected for his devastating left hook


Tony Tubbs - On March 21, 1988, Tubbs fought Mike Tyson for the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship and was knocked out in the second round


Peter Aerts - Aerts switched to "The Champs" gym in Eindhoven, with Eddy Smulders, in 1989 where he won his first world title, taking the IKBF World Heavyweight Championship in 1990


Evander Holyfield - Holyfield began 1989 meeting another former Heavyweight Champion, Michael Dokes


Francesco Damiani - He defeated Tyrell Biggs in a rematch of their Olympic meeting, stopping him on a cut, and won the newly created WBO Heavyweight title with a 3rd round KO victory over Johnny DuPlooy on May 6, 1989


Donovan Ruddock - After another KO win over Kimmuel Odum in 1990 Ruddock was now seen as the most feared and exciting heavyweight since Mike Tyson burst onto the boxing scene in 1985 with many ranking his power with that of the Heavyweight greats like George Foreman


Evander Holyfield - Holyfield is the only 4-time World Heavyweight Champion, winning the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993 and the WBA title in 1996 and 2000


Mike Hunter (boxer) - Known as "The Bounty Hunter", Hunter was a colourful and erratic Heavyweight fringe contender during the early-to-mid 1990s, and was known for his unique boxing style, boxing skills, and good defense


Stan Longinidis - In April 1990 he became the first Australian to win a World Kickboxing Title when he took the K.I.C.K Full Contact Super Heavyweight Title and added two WKA World Titles to his resume in 1991, one being a record 15 second knockout of American Melvin Cole in Queensland, Australia


Evander Holyfield - On October 25, 1990, Holyfield knocked out Heavyweight Champion James "Buster" Douglas to claim the WBC, WBA, IBF & "The Ring" Heavyweight titles


Tony Tubbs - On April 20, 1991, Tubbs lost a ten-round decision to rising prospect and future Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe


Evander Kane - Another cousin, Kirk Johnson, boxed for Canada at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and later fought John Ruiz for the 2007 World Boxing Association Heavyweight title


Larry Donald - Donald was the American representative at Super Heavyweight at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games


Greg Page (boxer) - After defeating former WBA Heavyweight Champion James "Bonecrusher" Smith by a unanimous decision, Page was matched with former WBO Heavyweight Champion Francesco Damiani in September 1992


Evander Holyfield - He retained the Heavyweight crown three times, which included victories over former champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, before suffering his first professional loss to Riddick Bowe on November 13, 1992


Dennis Alexio - One of the most highly-anticipated fights in the sport's history at the time, and a bad-blooded affair, the bout took place in Longinidis' hometown of Melbourne , Victoria on December 6, 1992 with the vacant ISKA Heavyweight Championship of the World up for grabs


Greg Page (boxer) - After winning three straight fights by knockout, Page boxed future WBA Heavyweight Champion Bruce Seldon in August 1993


Tony Tubbs - In December 1993, Tubbs took part in the one-night People's Choice Heavyweight Tournament in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi


Derrick Jefferson - Jefferson became the 1994 National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion handing Michael Grant his only amateur loss in the semifinals


Peter Aerts - Aerts knocked out Markus Fuckner of Germany on February 20, 1994 in Amsterdam to retain the WMTA Heavyweight $Muay_Thai title before heading out to Japan to take part in the "K-1 Grand Prix '94" which was held in Tokyo on April 30, 1994


Evander Holyfield - His next fight, April 1994, he met former WBO Light Heavyweight Michael Moorer, who was attempting to become the first southpaw to become the universally recognised world heavyweight champion


Peter Aerts - Aerts made the third defence of his WMTA World Heavyweight $Muay_Thai title against Ergin Solmaz in Amsterdam on November 12, 1994, before going back to Japan to fight Glen Parker at "K-1 Legend"


Wladimir Klitschko - In 1996, he captured 2nd place as a Super Heavyweight at the European Championships in Vejle, Denmark


Lou Savarese - This fight was for the NABF's vacant regional Heavyweight title, and Savarese won the title on November 1, 1996, by knocking Mathis out in round seven, at Indio, California


Vaughn Bean - Bean began his career with 27 victories over extremely limited competition, lining up a shot at IBF Heavyweight Title holder Michael Moorer in 1997


Dominick Guinn - Guinn had an amateur career, twice winning the National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Championship in 1997 and 1999 but losing in the Olympic qualification to Calvin Brock


Kevin McBride - In 1997, he defeated Paul Douglas to win the All-Ireland Heavyweight Title, and in 2002 he defeated Craig Tomlinson to add the IBC Americas Heavyweight Title


Dennis Alexio - On May 31, 1997, Alexio won the vacant IKF World Heavyweight Championship when he defeated Barrington Patterson of England by TKO at the end of the fifth round in Honolulu, Hawaii


Ike Ibeabuchi - After winning 16 straight fights against club fighters and journeymen, Ibeabuchi made a big jump in competition and fought undefeated prospect David Tua for the WBC International Heavyweight title on June 7, 1997


Andrew Golota - On October 4, 1997, he received a shot at the world's Heavyweight championship against Lennox Lewis in Atlantic City, New Jersey, NJ. Go?ota was knocked out in the first round


Calvin Brock - He was the National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion in 1998


Monte Barrett - Barrett fought Phil Jackson for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title on April 3, 1999


Stan Longinidis - On 15 May 1999 in Lowell, Massachusetts Massachusetts, USA Stan fought a challenge bout for Rick Roufus IKF International Kickboxing Federation Pro International Rules Heavyweight World Title


The record of Michael Carbajal indicates his opponent Jorge Arce as WBO "World Champion" on July 31, 1999, meanwhile his previous opponent Josue Camacho didn't receive the same recognition add something


Wladimir Klitschko - On 18 March 2000, Wladimir fought Paea Wolfgramm, whom he fought previously in the 1996 Super Heavyweight Olympic Finals


Wladimir Klitschko - On 14 October 2000, in Cologne , Germany's Kölnarena, Klitschko won the WBO Heavyweight Championship from American Chris Byrd


Evander Holyfield - Seven months later, in March 2001, it was Ruiz's turn to make history at Holyfield's expense when he surprisingly managed to knock Holyfield down and beat him by a 12 round decision to become the first Hispanic ever to win a Heavyweight title


Yoan Pablo Hernandez - He won the Heavyweight Junior World Championships in 2002 in Santiago de Cuba but lost twice to countryman Odlanier Solis and was forced to go down in weight


Mitch Green - He won the World Boxing Empire Super-Heavyweight Title with a twelve round decision over Danny Wofford on March 9, 2002, and was proclaimed the Universal Boxing Organization Heavyweight Champion on June 24, 2005


Lou Savarese - Another major win for Savarese came on September 22, 2002, when he beat former two-time world Heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon by a knockout in round five at Friant, California


Evander Holyfield - So, on December 14, 2002, Holyfield once again tried to become the first man ever to be Heavyweight Champion five times when he and Byrd met, but Byrd came out as the winner by a 12-round unanimous decision


Yoan Pablo Hernandez - At Light Heavyweight in 2003 Hernández won the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo where he lost to Ramiro Reducindo


Brian London - In 2004, the BritishBoxing website listed London at number eight in a list of the top ten post World War II British Heavyweight boxers


Lou Savarese - Attempting to win another regional Heavyweight title, Savarese fought Leo Nolan, for the IBA's vacant Americas Heavyweight title, but he lost to Nolan by a twelve round unanimous decision on May 7, 2004


DaVarryl Williamson - The high-point of Williamson's successful run culminated with a title shot against IBF Heavyweight champion Chris Byrd in 2005


Owen Beck - This streak and a contract with Don King set up a WBC & IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout against heavyweight contender Monte Barrett in 2005, and Beck was TKO'd in the 9th


Tomasz Adamek - Adamek won the vacant WBC Light Heavyweight title defeating Paul "Firepower" Briggs by majority decision on 21 May 2005


Wladimir Klitschko - On 22 April 2006, in Mannheim, Klitschko defeated Chris Byrd for a second time, this time by technical knockout, in a contest for the IBF & IBO Heavyweight Championships


Scott Gammer - On 16 June 2006, after 16 professional fights undefeated, he earned the right to challenge Mark Krence for the British Heavyweight Title


Duncan Dokiwari - In December 2006 Dokiwari won the WBC USNBC Heavyweight title with an impressive 4th round knockout of strong and durable Wllie Palms in Laughlin, Nevada


Ray Sefo - In 2007, he was thought to be a legitimate challenger to dethrone four-time World Grand Prix Champion Semmy Schilt for the new Super Heavyweight title


Oliver McCall - On 16 June 2007, McCall defeated Sinan Samil Sam for the WBC International Heavyweight Championship by unanimous decision in Ankara , Turkey


Lou Savarese - On June 30, 2007, Savarese fought former Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield


Tervel Pulev - His older Brother Kubrat Pulev was the 2008 European Super Heavyweight champion


Matt Skelton - Matt Skelton faced WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev on 19 January 2008 in Düsseldorf


Wladimir Klitschko - Klitschko defeated WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 23 February 2008 to unify the IBF, IBO & WBO Heavyweight titles


Scott Gammer - The retirement did not last that long however as Gammer returned to action in August 2008 when he challenged Francesco Pianeta for the EU Heavyweight championship in Germany


Matt Skelton - Skelton fought Paolo Vidoz for the vacant European Heavyweight Title on 19 December 2008


David Haye - WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko confirmed he would defend his title in a fight with Haye to take place on 20 June 2009, at Stamford Bridge in London


Solomon Haumono - He defeated Michael Kirby by tenth round TKO for the OPBF Heavyweight Title on September 18, 2009, And currently is the Australian Heavyweight Champion after a tenth round TKO of Frankin Egobi in Melbourne on September 7, 2012


David Tua - Tua fought fellow New Zealander Shane Cameron at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, New Zealand on October 3, 2009 with Tua knocking Cameron out seven seconds into the second round to pick up the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Heavyweight titles


Tomasz Adamek - On October 24, 2009 in ?ód?, Poland, Adamek defeated Andrew Golota by TKO in the fifth round to win the IBF "International" Heavyweight Title


Wladimir Klitschko - Peter fought Klitschko on 11 September 2010, for the Ukrainian's IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight titles


Ray Sefo - In mid February 2011 he had his third MMA fight in a reserve fight for the Strikeforce Heavyweight tournament


Kevin McBride - On April 9, 2011 McBride fought former cruiserweight and light heavyweight world champion Tomasz Adamek for the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Championship belts at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey


Fres Oquendo - As of June 2011 Fres has more rounds boxed as a Heavyweight than any of the 3 Heavyweight Champions and all of the top 10 Heavyweights in all 4 major governing bodies and is the only heavyweight in history to hold the USBA, NABA, NABF, WBC, WBA & WBO Latino belts


Monte Barrett - On August 13, 2011, Barrett defeated Tua via unanimous decision and successfully won the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles


Jean-Marc Mormeck - In October 2011, Mormeck was signed to fight unified Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on 10 December 2011 at Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf until Klitschko pulled out after having a kidney stone removed on 2 December 2011


Timur Ibragimov - Ibragimov won the WBA Pan-African Heavyweight title in June, 2012, by outpointing South Africa's Wiseman Dlomo in a bout held in Uzbekistan


Chuck Wepner - On October 12, 2012, Wepner appeared ringside with former World Light Heavyweight champion Mike Rossman in Atlantic City, New Jersey, New Jersey at a Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey fight card featuring a WBA NABA Lightweight title bout in the main event


Wladimir Klitschko - His older brother Vitali Klitschko is the WBC Heavyweight Champion as of 2013


Wladimir Klitschko - Dan Rafael for ESPN.com reported on 3 February 2014 that "Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will make his 16th title defense when he faces Alex Leapai, one of his mandatory challengers, on April 26 in at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, as K2 Promotions announced Monday


Tomasz Adamek - On March 15, 2014 Adamek faced and was defeated by Vyacheslav Glazkov and lost his IBF North America Heavyweight title by unanimous decision after 12 rounds


Wladimir Klitschko - The WBO installed Alex Leapai as Klitschko's mandatory challenger, and the bout is expected to take place on 26 April 2014 at Oberhausen in Germany, with Klitschko defending the WBA , IBF, WBO, IBO & "The Ring" Heavyweight titles