Who has held the most titles in boxing history?


By Ken Hissner: Two boxers who held titles in the most divisions for one was Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya39-6 (30), of East LA, CA, with six, who won the WBO Super Featherweight title by stopping Jimmi Bredahl, 16-0, of Denmark in 10 rounds in March 1994.

He won the WBO lightweight title, knocking out Jorge “El Maromero” Paez, 53-6-4, of Mexico, in July 1994. He won the WBC Super Lightweight title by defeating Julio “JC” Cesar Chavez, 96- 1-1, from Mexico, in June 1996.

He won the WBC welterweight title beating Pernell Whitaker, 40-1-1, of Norfolk, VA, in April 1997. He won the WBC Super welterweight title beating Javier Castillejo, 51-4, of Spain, in June 2001. He won the WBO middleweight title by defeating Felix Sturm, 20-0, of Germany in June 2004.

The other who held titles in six divisions was Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, 62-8-2 (39), from General Santos City, Philippines. He won the WBC Flyweight title by knocking out Chatchai Sasakul, 32-1-1, of Thailand in December 1998. He won the IBF Super Bantamweight title, stopping Lehlo Ledwaba, 33-1-1, of South Africa. in June of 2001.

He won the WBC Super featherweight title, stopping Hector Velazquez, 42-10-2, of Mexico, in September 2005. He won the WBC Lightweight title, stopping David Diaz, 34-1-1, of Chicago, Illinois, in June. of 2008. He won the WBO welterweight title beating Miguel Cotto, 34-1, of Puerto Rico, in November 2009. He won the WBC Super welterweight title, beating Antonio Margarito, 38-6, of Mexico, in November 2010 .

Two who held titles in five divisions were Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, 61-5-1 (48), from Detroit. MI, who won the WBA welterweight title by stopping Pipino Cuevas, 27-6, of Mexico, in August 1990. He won the WBC Super welterweight title by defeating Wilfred Benitez, 44-1-1, of Puerto Rico, in December 1982 He won the WBC light heavyweight title, stopping Dennis “The Hackney Rock” Andries, 28-6-2, of the United Kingdom, in March 1987. He won the WBC middleweight title by knocking out Juan Roldan, 65-3-2, of Argentina, in October 1987. He won the WBO super middleweight title by defeating James Kinchen, 44-4-2, of San Diego, CA, in November 1988.

The other was “Sugar” Ray Leonard36-3-1 (25), of Palmer Park, MD, who won the WBC Welterweight title by defeating Wilfred Benitez, 38-0-1, of Puerto Rico, in November 1979. He won the WBA Super welterweight title, stopping Ayub Kalule, 36-0, of Denmark, in June 1981. He won the WBC middleweight title by defeating Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 62-2-2, Brockton, MASS, in April 1987. He won the WBC title super middleweight and light heavyweight. titles stopping Donny Lalonde, 31-2, Canada, in November 1988.

The winning titles in four divisions were Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran103-16 (70), of Panama, who won the WBA Lightweight title by stopping Ken Buchanan of Scotland in June 1972. He won the WBC Welterweight title by beating “Sugar” Ray Leonard, 27-0, Palmer Park, MD, in June 1980. He won the WBA Super Welterweight title, stopping Davey Moore, 12-0, of Bronx, NY, in June 1983. He won the WBC Middleweight title by defeating Iran Barkley, 25-4, Bronx, NY, in February 1989.

Also winning in four divisions was Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker40-4-1 (17), of Norfolk, NY, who won the IBF Lightweight title beating Greg Haugen, 23-1, Seattle, WA, in February 1989. He won the IBF Super Lightweight title beating Rafael Pineda , 28 years old. -1, of Colombia, in July 1982. He won the WBC Welterweight title by defeating Buddy McGirt, 59-2-1, of Brentwood, NY, in March 1993. He won the WBA Super Welterweight title by defeating Julio Cesar Vasquez , 53 years. -1, from Argentina, in March 1995.

Another victory in four divisions was Roy Jones, Jr.., 66-9 (47), of Pensacola, FL, who won the IBF middleweight title, beating Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, 22-1, of Hockessin, DE, in May 1993. He won the title IBF super middleweight beating James “Lights Out” Toney, 44-0-2, of Sherman Oaks, CA, in November 1994. He won the WBC Light Heavyweight title, stopping Montell “Ice” Griffin, 27-0, of Chicago, Ill. He won the WBA Heavyweight title beating John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz, 38-4-1, of Chelsea, MASS.

Also winning in four divisions is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 57-1-2 (39), of Guadalajara, Mexico, who won the WBC Super Welterweight title, beating Matthew “Majic” Hilton of the United Kingdom. He won the WBC middleweight title beating Miguel Cotto, 40-4, of Puerto Rico in November 2015. He won the WBC again adding the WBA and IBO titles beating Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, 38- 0-1, Kazakhstan. He won the WBA Super Middleweight title, stopping Rocky Fielding, 27-1, of the United Arab Emirates, in December 2018. He won the WBO Light Heavyweight title, stopping Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 34-3-1, of Russia. , in November of 2019.

To win in three divisions is Wilfred “El Radar” Benitez, 53-8-1 (31), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who won the WBA Super Lightweight title, defeating Antonio “Kid Pambale” Cervantes, 50-9-1, of Colombia. He won the WBC Welterweight title by defeating Carlos “King” Palomino, of LA, CA, in January 1979. He won the Super Welterweight title, stopping Maurice Hope, 30-2-1, of the United Kingdom.

Also win three are Alexis “The Thin Man” Arguello, 77-8, from Managua, Nicaragua. He won the WBA featherweight title, stopping Ruben “El Puas” Olivares, 78-4-1, of Mexico. He won the WBC Super Featherweight title, stopping Alfredo “Petro” Escalera, 40-7-2, of Puerto Rico. He won the WBC Lightweight title beating Jim Watt, 38-7, of the United Kingdom.

Also winning three was Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, 44-3-1 (42), from Las Monjas, Puerto Rico. He won the WBC super bantamweight title, stopping Dong Kyun Yum, 50-2-6, of South Korea. He won the WBC Featherweight title by beating Juan Laporte, 24-4, of Puerto Rico, in March 1984. He won the WBA Super Featherweight title by beating Rocky Lockridge, 36-3, of Tacoma, WA.

Also winning three was Jeff “Marrickville Mauler” Fenech, from Marrickville, South Wales, Australia, 29-3-1 (21). He won the IBF bantamweight title, stopping Satoshi Shingaki, 8-2-1, of Japan, in August 1985. He won the super bantamweight title, stopping Samart “Tiptamai” Payakroon, 14-0, of Thailand , in May 1987. He won the WBC featherweight title, stopping Puerto Rico’s Victor “Luvi” Callejas, 25-1, in March 1988.

Also winning three was Julio “JC” Cesar Chavez, 107-6-2 (85), from Culiacan, Mexico. He won the WBC Super Featherweight title, stopping Mario “Azabache” Martinez, 33-1-2, of Mexico, in September 1984. He won the WBA Lightweight title, stopping Edwin “Chapo” Rosario, 31-2, of Porto Rico. . He won the WBC Lightweight title by defeating Jose “El Zurdo” Ramirez, 101-6, of Mexico in October 1988. He won the WBC Light Welterweight title, stopping Roger “Black Mamba” Mayweather, 34-5, of Las Vegas, NV, in May 1989.

Also winning three was Mike “Bodysnatcher” McCallum49-5-1, of New York, NY, who won the WBA Super Welterweight title by defeating Sean Mannion, 29-5-1, in October 1984. He won the WBA Middleweight title Herol “Bomber” Graham, 41- 1, from the United Kingdom, in May 1989. He won the WBC Light Heavyweight title by defeating Jeff “Hit Man” Harding, 23-1, from Australia, in July 1994.

Only the undisputed champions were three, holding the heavyweight, middleweight and light heavyweight titles. Bob “Ruby” Fitzsimmons61-8-4 (57), from Tamaru, New Zealand.

Also holding the featherweight, welterweight and lightweight titles was Henry “Homicide Hank” Armstrong149-21-10 (99), of LA, CA.

Also holding the featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight titles were Tony Canzoneri137-24-10, from New York, NY.

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