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.
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.
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10. Rey Vargas – 2 years, 8 months, 6 days
=8. Miguel Berchelt – 2 years, 9 months, 3 days
=8. Leo Santa Cruz – 2 years, 9 months, 3 days
7. Kal Yafai – 2 years, 10 months, 21 days
6. Jerwin Ancajas – 3 years, 1 months, 28 days
5. Knockout CP Freshmart – 3 years, 4 months, 2 days
4. Gary Russell Jr – 4 years, 7 months, 3 days
3. Deontay Wilder – 4 years, 9 months, 14 days
2. Wanheng Menayothin – 4 years, 11 months, 25 days
1. Vasyl Lomachenko – 5 years, 4 months, 9 days