World Lightweight Champions Cumulative
Nat. Date Champion Defeated Result W Days Years Notes W Days Years Rank
IRE 1/14/1887 Jack McAuliffe Harry Gilmore KO-28 8 2779 7.61 2
8/27/1894 Vacant 647 1.77 (1)
USA 6/1/1896 Kid Lavigne Dick Burge KO-17 8 1127 3.09 (2) 12
SWI 7/3/1899 Frank Erne Kid Lavigne W-20 3 1043 2.86 14
USA 5/12/1902 Joe Gans Frank Erne KO-1 11 953 2.61
USA 12/20/1904 Jimmy Britt Battling Nelson W-20 3 263 0.72
DEN 9/9/1905 Battling Nelson Jimmy Britt KO-18 1 359 0.98
USA 9/3/1906 Joe Gans Battling Nelson DQ-42 6 670 1.84 17 1623 4.45 6
DEN 7/4/1908 Battling Nelson Joe Gans KO-17 4 598 1.64 5 957 2.62
USA 2/22/1910 Ad Wolgast Battling Nelson KO-40 7 1010 2.77
USA 11/28/1912 Willie Ritchie Ad Wolgast DQ-16 5 544 1.49
5/26/1914 Vacant 42 0.12 (3)
WAL 7/7/1914 Freddie Welsh Willie Ritchie W-20 13 1056 2.89 13
USA 5/28/1917 Benny Leonard Freddie Welsh KO-9 9 2789 7.64 1
1/15/1925 Vacant 179 0.49
USA 7/13/1925 Jimmy Goodrich Stanislaus Loayza KO-2 1 147 0.40 (4)
USA 12/7/1925 Rocky Kansas Jimmy Goodrich W-15 1 208 0.57
USA 7/3/1926 Sammy Mandell Rocky Kansas W-10 5 1475 4.04 7
USA 7/17/1930 Al Singer Sammy Mandell KO-1 1 120 0.33
USA 11/14/1930 Tony Canzoneri Al Singer KO-1 5 952 2.61
USA 6/23/1933 Barney Ross Tony Canzoneri W-10 2 647 1.77
4/1/1935 Vacant 39 0.11
USA 5/10/1935 Tony Canzoneri Lou Ambers W-15 2 482 1.32 7 1434 3.93 8
USA 9/3/1936 Lou Ambers Tony Canzoneri W-15 3 713 1.95
USA 8/17/1938 Henry Armstrong Lou Ambers W-15 1 370 1.01
USA 8/22/1939 Lou Ambers Henry Armstrong W-15 1 262 0.72 4 975 2.67
USA 5/10/1940 Lew Jenkins Lou Ambers KO-3 2 578 1.58
USA 12/9/1941 Sammy Angott Lew Jenkins W-15 2 210 0.58
7/7/1942 Vacant 164 0.45
USA 12/18/1942 Beau Jack Tippy Larkin KO-3 1 154 0.42
USA 5/21/1943 Bob Montgomery Beau Jack W-15 1 182 0.50
USA 11/19/1943 Beau Jack Bob Montgomery W-15 1 105 0.29 2 259 0.71
USA 3/3/1944 Bob Montgomery Beau Jack W-15 3 1249 3.42 4 1431 3.92 9
USA 8/4/1947 Ike Williams Bob Montgomery KO-6 6 1390 3.81 10
USA 5/25/1951 Jimmy Carter Ike Williams KO-14 3 355 0.97
MEX 5/14/1952 Lauro Salas Jimmy Carter W-15 1 154 0.42
USA 10/15/1952 Jimmy Carter Lauro Salas W-15 4 506 1.39
USA 3/5/1954 Paddy DeMarco Jimmy Carter W-15 1 257 0.70
USA 11/17/1954 Jimmy Carter Paddy DeMarco KO-15 1 224 0.61 8 1085 2.97
USA 6/29/1955 Wallace 'Bud' Smith Jimmy Carter W-15 2 422 1.16
USA 8/24/1956 Joe Brown Wallace 'Bud' Smith W-15 12 2066 5.66 4
PUR 4/21/1962 Carlos Ortiz Joe Brown W-15 5 1085 2.97
PAN 4/10/1965 Ismael Laguna Carlos Ortiz W-15 1 217 0.59
PUR 11/13/1965 Carlos Ortiz Ismael Laguna W-15 6 959 2.63 11 2044 5.60 5
DOM 6/29/1968 Carlos Teo Cruz Carlos Ortiz W-15 2 234 0.64
USA 2/18/1969 Mando Ramos Carlos Teo Cruz KO-11 2 378 1.04
PAN 3/3/1970 Ismael Laguna Mando Ramos KO-9 2 207 0.57 3 424 1.16
SCO 9/26/1970 Ken Buchanan Ismael Laguna W-15 3 847 2.32
PAN 1/20/1973 Roberto Duran Ken Buchanan KO-13 13 2172 5.95 3
1/1/1979 Vacant 1006 2.76
NIC 10/3/1981 Alexis Arguello Ray Mancini KO-14 4 294 0.81 (5)
USA 7/24/1982 Ray Mancini Ernesto Espana KO-6 4 678 1.86
VI 6/1/1984 Livingstone Bramble Ray Mancini KO-14 2 847 2.32
PUR 9/26/1986 Edwin Rosario Livingstone Bramble KO-2 2 421 1.15
MEX 11/21/1987 Julio Cesar Chavez Edwin Rosario KO-11 5 455 1.25
USA 2/18/1989 Pernell Whitaker Greg Haugen W-12 10 1288 3.53 11
8/29/1992 Vacant 134 0.37
USA 1/10/1993 Freddie Pendleton Tracy Spann W-12 3 405 1.11
MEX 2/19/1994 Rafael Ruelas Freddie Pendleton W-12 3 441 1.21
USA 5/6/1995 Oscar De La Hoya Rafael Ruelas KO-2 3 279 0.76
2/9/1996 Vacant 750 2.05
USA 2/28/1998 Stevie Johnston George Scott W-12 1 105 0.29 (6)
MEX 6/13/1998 Cesar Bazan Stevie Johnston W-12 3 259 0.71
USA 2/27/1999 Stevie Johnston Cesar Bazan W-12 5 476 1.30 6 581 1.59
MEX 6/17/2000 Jose Luis Castillo Stevie Johnston W-12 4 672 1.84
USA 4/20/2002 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Jose Luis Castillo W-12 4 777 2.13
MEX 6/5/2004 Jose Luis Castillo Juan Lazcano W-12 3 336 0.92 7 1008 2.76
USA 5/7/2005 Diego Corrales Jose Luis Castillo KO-10 1 518 1.42
CUB 10/7/2006 Joel Casamayor Diego Corrales W-12 3 707 1.94
MEX 9/13/2008 Juan Manuel Marquez Joel Casamayor KO-11 4 1036 2.84 15
7/16/2011 Vacant 490 1.34
USA 11/17/2012 Adrien Broner Antonio DeMarco KO-8 3 217 0.59
6/22/2013 Vacant 35 0.10
USA 7/27/2013 Omar Figueroa Nihito Arakawa W-12 3 388 1.06
8/19/2014 Vacant 630 1.73
5/10/2016
(1) McAuliffe was awarded a corrupt decision over Young Griffo; McAuliffe retired Dec. 1894.
(2) Lavigne was McAuliffe's chosen successor; and Burge had beaten Jem Carney, who drew with McAuliffe (1/14/87) in a fight stopped by the crowd, on account of Carney's foul tactics.
(3) Ritchie was badly beaten by Charley White over 10 rounds, but the title could only be lost on a stoppage.
(4) This was the final of an elimination tournament held by the NYSAC after Leonard's retirement. Goodrich had beaten top lightweight Sammy Mandell (DQ-6) in the quarterfinal on 5/18/25.
(5) After Duran left the division, the WBC and WBA had mediocre titlists until Arguello took the WBC title from Jim Watt and solidified his claim by beating Mancini.
(6) After De La Hoya moved up, the title was split. This was the first meeting of top contenders.