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Top ten longest-reigning world champions in boxing revealed, featuring Deontay Wilder and Vasyl Lomachenko

It is every boxer’s dream to win a world title as a professional.

However, not all who do so are able to create a legacy by retaining their championships for an extended period of time.

The Klitschko brothers dominated heavyweight boxing for close to a decade

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The Klitschko brothers dominated heavyweight boxing for close to a decade

Wladimir Klitschko is the most recent example of this as he held the heavyweight belts for nine years starting in 2006 and ending at the hands of Tyson Fury in 2015.

Nowadays there is nobody who has reigned for that long, though some champions have kept held of their status for around five years, which is still impressive.

You can view the full top ten longest-reigning world champions in boxing list below.


10. Rey Vargas – 2 years, 8 months, 6 days

Held WBC super-bantamweight title since February 25, 2017

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Held WBC super-bantamweight title since February 25, 2017

=8. Miguel Berchelt – 2 years, 9 months, 3 days

Held WBC super-featherweight title since January 28, 2017

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Held WBC super-featherweight title since January 28, 2017

=8. Leo Santa Cruz – 2 years, 9 months, 3 days

Held WBA featherweight title since January 28, 2017

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Held WBA featherweight title since January 28, 2017

7. Kal Yafai – 2 years, 10 months, 21 days

Held WBA super-flyweight title since December 10, 2016

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Held WBA super-flyweight title since December 10, 2016

6. Jerwin Ancajas – 3 years, 1 months, 28 days

Held IBF super-flyweight title since September 3, 2016

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Held IBF super-flyweight title since September 3, 2016

5. Knockout CP Freshmart – 3 years, 4 months, 2 days

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4. Gary Russell Jr – 4 years, 7 months, 3 days

Held WBC featherweight title since March 28, 2015

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Held WBC featherweight title since March 28, 2015

3. Deontay Wilder – 4 years, 9 months, 14 days

Held WBC heavyweight title since January 17, 2015

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Held WBC heavyweight title since January 17, 2015

2. Wanheng Menayothin – 4 years, 11 months, 25 days

Held WBC minimumweight title since November 6, 2014

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Held WBC minimumweight title since November 6, 2014

1. Vasyl Lomachenko – 5 years, 4 months, 9 days

Held WBO featherweight title from June 21, 2014 – July 21, 2016. Held WBO super-featherweight title from June 11, 2016 – May 25, 2018. Held WBA lightweight title since May 12, 2018, held WBO lightweight title since December 8, 2018, and held WBC lightweight title since August 31, 2019.

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Held WBO featherweight title from June 21, 2014 – July 21, 2016. Held WBO super-featherweight title from June 11, 2016 – May 25, 2018. Held WBA lightweight title since May 12, 2018, held WBO lightweight title since December 8, 2018, and held WBC lightweight title since August 31, 2019.

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