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Reigns

# Boxer Reign Date Days held Defenses Location Notes
1 Larry Holmes 1 December 11, 1983 650 3 Las Vegas, NV
2 Michael Spinks 1 September 21, 1985 516 2 Las Vegas, NV
Vacated February 19, 1987 Spinks was stripped of the title.
3 Tony Tucker 1 May 30, 1987 63 0 Las Vegas, NV Defeated James Douglas for the vacant title.
4 Mike Tyson 1 August 1, 1987 925 6 Las Vegas, NV
5 James Douglas 1 February 11, 1990 256 0 Tokyo, Japan
6 Evander Holyfield 1 October 25, 1990 750 3 Las Vegas, NV
7 Riddick Bowe 1 November 13, 1992 358 1 Las Vegas, NV
8 Evander Holyfield 2 November 6, 1993 167 0 Las Vegas, NV
9 Michael Moorer 1 April 22, 1994 197 0 Las Vegas, NV
10 George Foreman 1 November 5, 1994 235 1 Las Vegas, NV
Vacated June 28, 1995 Foreman was stripped of the title after refusing Axel Schulz a match.
11 Michael Moorer 2 June 22, 1996 504 2 Dortmund, Germany Defeated Axel Schulz for the vacant title.
12 Evander Holyfield 3 November 8, 1997 735 2 Las Vegas, NV
13 Lennox Lewis 1 November 13, 1999 526 3 Las Vegas, NV
14 Hasim Rahman 1 April 22, 2001 209 0 Brakpan, South Africa
15 Lennox Lewis 2 November 17, 2001 292 1 Las Vegas, NV
Vacated September 5, 2002 Promoter Don King paid Lewis $1 million to vacate the belt.
16 James Harrison 1 December 14, 2002 1,225 4 Atlantic City, NJ Defeated Chris Byrd for the vacant title.
Vacated April 22, 2006 Harrison vacated the title after retiring from boxing.
17 Wladimir Klitschko 1 April 22, 2006 3,507 18 Mannaheim, Germany Defeated Hasim Rahman for the vacant title.
18 Tyson Fury 1 November 28, 2015 10 0 Düsseldorf, Germany
Vacated December 8, 2015 Fury was stripped of the belt after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.
19 Charles Martin 1 January 16, 2016 84 0 Brooklyn, NY Defeated Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant title.
20 Anthony Joshua 1 April 9, 2016 562+ 3 London, England

Combined reigns

+ Indicates the current champion
Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days Combined days
1 Wladimir Klitschko 1 18 3,507
2 Evander Holyfield 3 5 1,652
3 James Harrison 1 4 1,225
4 Mike Tyson 1 6 925
5 Lennox Lewis 2 4 818
6 Michael Moorer 2 2 701
7 Larry Holmes 1 3 650
8 Michael Spinks 1 2 516
9 Anthony Joshua 1 3 562+
10 Riddick Bowe 1 1 358
11 James Douglas 1 0 256
12 George Foreman 1 1 235
13 Hasim Rahman 1 0 209
14 Charles Martin 1 0 84
15 Tony Tucker 1 0 63
16 Tyson Fury 1 0 10

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