Welterweight Champions of the World

147 Pound Boxing Champions Combine Power and Speed

 

Paddy Duffy (1888-1890; died 7/10/1890, not 7/19/1890)

“Mysterious” Billy Smith (1892-1894)

Tommy Ryan (1894-1898; Vacated title)

“Mysterious” Billy Smith (1898-1900)

William “Matty” Matthews(1900)

Eddie Connolly (1900)

James “Rube” Ferns (1900)

William “Matty” Matthews (1900-1901)

James “Rube” Ferns (1901)

Joe Walcott (1901-1904)

Dixie Kid (1904; Outgrew division)

Billy “Honey” Mellody (1906-1907)

Mike “Twin” Sullivan (1907-1908; Vacated title)


1908-1914 — A mad scramble for the welterweight boxing title followed Sullivan’s reign. Among the claimants were Frank Mantell, Harry Lewis, Jimmy Gardner, Jimmy Clabby, Perry “Kid” Graves and future boxing champs Jack Britton and Ted “Kid” Lewis.

Waldemar Holberg (1914)

Tom McCormick (1914)

Matt Wells (1914-1915)

Mike Glover (1915)

Jack Britton (1915)

Ted “Kid” Lewis (1915-1916)

Jack Britton (1916-1917)

Ted “Kid’ Lewis (1917-1919)

Jack Britton (1919-1922)

Mickey Walker (1922-1926)

Pete Latzo (1926-1927)

Joe Dundee (1927-1929)

Jackie Fields (1929-1930)

“Young” Jack Thompson (1930)

Tommy Freeman (1930-1931)

“Young” Jack Thompson (1931)

Lou Brouillard (1931-1932)

Jackie Fields (1932-1933)

Young Corbett III (1933)

Jimmy McLarnin (1933-1934)

Barney Ross (1934)

Jimmy McLarnin (1934-1935)

Barney Ross (1935-1938)

Henry Armstrong (1938-1940)

Fritzie Zivic (1940-1941)

Freddie “Red” Cochrane (1941-1946)

Marty Servo (1946; Vacated title)

“Sugar” Ray Robinson (1946; Vacated crown 1950)

Kid Gavilan (1951-1954)

Johnny Saxton (1954-1955)

Tony DeMarco (1955)

Carmen Basilio (1955-1956)

Johnny Saxton (1956)

Carmen Basilio (1956-1957; Relinquished crown)

Virgil Akins (1958)

Don Jordan (1958-1960)

Benny “Kid” Paret (1960-1961)

Emile Griffith (1961)

Benny “Kid” Paret (1961-1962)

Emile Griffith (1962-1963)

Luis Manuel Rodriguez (1963)

Emile Griffith (1963-1966; Vacated title)

Curtis Cokes (1966-1969)

Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles (1969-1970)

Billy Backus (1970-1971)

Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles (1971-1975)

John H. Stracey(1975-1976)

Carlos Palomino (1976-1979)

Wilfred Benitez(1979)

“Sugar” Ray Leonard(1979-1980)

Roberto Duran (1980)

“Sugar” Ray Leonard (1980-1982; Vacated title )

Donald Curry (1985-1986)

Lloyd Honeyghan (1986-1987)

Jorge Vaca (1987-1988)

Lloyd Honeyghan (1988-1989)

Marlon Starling (1989-1990)

Maurice Blocker (1990-1991)

Simon Brown (1991)

James “Buddy” McGirt (1991-1993)

Pernell Whitaker (1993-1997)

Oscar De La Hoya (1997-1999)

Felix Trinidad, Jr. (1999-2000; Vacated title)

“Sugar” Shane Mosley (2000-2002)

Vernon Forrest (2002-2003)

Ricardo Mayorga (2003)

Cory Spinks (2003-2005)

Zab Judah (2005-2006)

Carlos Baldomir (2006)

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2006-2008; Retired from weight class)

“Sugar” Shane Mosley (2009-2010)

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2010-Present)