World Featherweight Champions Cumulative
Nat. Date Champion Defeated Result W Days Years Notes W Days Years Rank
CAN 6/27/1890 George Dixon Nunc Wallace KO-18 17 2656 7.28
USA 10/4/1897 Solly Smith George Dixon W-20 3 357 0.98
IRE 9/26/1898 Dave Sullivan Solly Smith KO-5 1 46 0.13
CAN 11/11/1898 George Dixon Dave Sullivan DQ-10 9 424 1.16 26 3080 8.44 2
USA 1/9/1900 Terry McGovern George Dixon KO-9 7 688 1.88
USA 11/28/1901 Young Corbett II Terry McGovern KO-2 5 644 1.76 (1)
USA 9/3/1903 Abe Attell Johnny Reagan W-20 3 406 1.11
USA 10/13/1904 Tommy Sullivan Abe Attell KO-5 1 497 1.36 (2)
USA 2/22/1906 Abe Attell Jimmy Walsh W-15 23 2191 6.00 26 2597 7.12 5
USA 2/22/1912 Johnny Kilbane Abe Attell W-20 10 4118 11.28 1
FRA 6/2/1923 Eugene Criqui Johnny Kilbane KO-6 1 54 0.15
ITA 7/26/1923 Johnny Dundee Eugene Criqui W-15 1 144 0.39
12/17/1923 Vacant 382 1.05
RUS 1/2/1925 Louis 'Kid' Kaplan Danny Kramer KO-9 4 550 1.51
7/6/1926 Vacant 475 1.30
USA 10/24/1927 Tony Canzoneri Johnny Dundee W-15 2 340 0.93
FRA 9/28/1928 Andre Routis Tony Canzoneri W-15 2 360 0.99
USA 9/23/1929 Battling Battalino Andre Routis W-15 7 856 2.35
1/27/1932 Vacant 120 0.33 (3)
USA 5/26/1932 Tommy Paul Johnny Pena W-15 1 113 0.31 (4)
MEX 9/16/1932 Baby Arizmendi Tommy Paul W-10 4 165 0.45 (5)
USA 2/28/1933 Freddie Miller Baby Arizmendi W-10 12 1168 3.20 11
USA 5/11/1936 Petey Sarron Freddie Miller W-15 3 536 1.47
USA 10/29/1937 Henry Armstrong Petery Sarron KO-6 21 0.06
11/19/1937 Vacant 332 0.91
USA 10/17/1938 Joey Archibald Mike Belloise W-15 3 581 1.59
USA 5/20/1940 Harry Jeffra Joey Archibald W-15 2 357 0.98
USA 5/12/1941 Joey Archibald Harry Jeffra W-15 1 122 0.33 4 703 1.93
USA 9/11/1941 Chalky Wright Joey Archibald KO-11 3 435 1.19
USA 11/20/1942 Willie Pep Chalky Wright W-15 7 2170 5.95
USA 10/29/1948 Sandy Saddler Willie Pep KO-4 1 105 0.29
USA 2/11/1949 Willie Pep Sandy Saddler W-15 4 574 1.57 11 2744 7.52 4
USA 9/8/1950 Sandy Saddler Willie Pep KO-8 4 2327 6.38 5 2432 6.66 6
1/21/1957 Vacant 154 0.42
NIG 6/24/1957 Hogan 'Kid' Bassey Cherif Hamia KO-10 2 632 1.73
USA 3/18/1959 Davey Moore Hogan 'Kid' Bassey KO-13 6 1464 4.01 8
CUB 3/21/1963 Sugar Ramos Davey Moore KO-10 4 555 1.52
MEX 9/26/1964 Vicente Saldivar Sugar Ramos KO-12 9 1113 3.05
10/14/1967 Vacant 101 0.28
WAL 1/23/1968 Howard Winstone Mitsunori Seki KO-9 1 183 0.50
CUB 7/24/1968 Jose Legra Howard Winstone KO-5 1 181 0.50
FRA 1/21/1969 Johnny Famechon Jose Legra W-15 3 473 1.30
MEX 5/9/1970 Vicente Saldivar Johnny Famechon W-15 1 216 0.59 10 1329 3.64 9
JPN 12/11/1970 Kuniaki Shibata Vicente Saldivar KO-13 3 525 1.44
MEX 5/19/1972 Clemente Sanchez Kuniaki Shibata KO-3 1 211 0.58
CUB 12/16/1972 Jose Legra Clemente Sanchez KO-10 1 140 0.38 2 321 0.88
BRA 5/5/1973 Eder Jofre Jose Legra W-15 2 409 1.12
6/18/1974 Vacant 21 0.06 (6)
MEX 7/9/1974 Ruben Olivares Zensuke Utagawa KO-7 1 137 0.38
NIC 11/23/1974 Alexis Arguello Ruben Olivares KO-13 5 714 1.96
USA 11/6/1976 Danny Lopez David Kotey W-15 9 1183 3.24 10
MEX 2/2/1980 Salvador Sanchez Danny Lopez KO-13 10 922 2.53 15
8/12/1982 Vacant 255 0.70
PAN 4/24/1983 Eusebio Pedroza Rocky Lockridge W-15 4 776 2.13
IRE 6/8/1985 Barry McGuigan Eusebio Pedroza W-15 3 380 1.04
USA 6/23/1986 Steve Cruz Barry McGuigan W-15 1 256 0.70
VEN 3/6/1987 Antonio Esparragoza Steve Cruz KO-12 8 1485 4.07 7
KOR 3/30/1991 Yong Kyun Park Antonio Esparragoza W-12 9 980 2.68 14
VEN 12/4/1993 Eloy Rojas Yong Kyun Park W-12 6 896 2.45
PUR 5/18/1996 Wilfredo Vasquez Eloy Rojas KO-11 5 700 1.92
ENG 4/18/1998 Naseem Hamed Wilfredo Vasquez KO-7 6 1085 2.97 12
MEX 4/7/2001 Marco Antonio Barrera Naseem Hamed W-12 5 952 2.61 13
PHP 11/15/2003 Manny Pacquiao Marco Antonio Barrera KO-11 2 490 1.34
3/19/2005 Vacant 350 0.96
INO 3/4/2006 Chris John Juan Manuel Marquez W-12 14 2834 7.76 3
SA 12/6/2013 Simpiwe Vetyeka Chris John KO-6 1 176 0.48
PHP 5/31/2014 Nonito Donaire Simpiwe Vetyeka W-5 1 140 0.38
JAM 10/18/2014 Nicholas Walters Nonito Donaire KO-6 2 570 1.56
5/10/2016
(1) Corbett moved up to 130 lbs; featherweight was then considered 122 lbs.
(2) Fought at 126 lbs, featherweight by modern standards, but not considered such at the time.
(3) Battalino failed to make weight for fight against Freddie Miller that was ruled no contest.
(4) Final of NYSAC tournament for vacant title.
(5) Arizmendi fought at featherweight, so he was recognized as champion by California.
(6) Jofre stripped for failure to defend since Oct. 1973. He never fought another top contender.