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What Boxer Holds the Record for the Most Successful Title Defenses?

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By Ken Hissner:  When U.S Heavyweight champion Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis successfully defended his title some 25 times that was in the heavyweight division only, but most felt in all of boxing.

There are boxers like Germany’s Flyweight, Super Flyweight, and Light Flyweight champion Regina Halmich who defended her title some 44 times but 13 against boxers with no wins. Sound like Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s 50th fight?

Some of the other champions defenses are as follows:

Mexico’s Super Featherweight, Lightweight and Super Lightweight champion Julio “J.C.” Cesar Chavez, Sr., 29, Argentina’s Flyweight and Super Flyweight champion Omar El Hurican” Narvaez 27, Colombia and Norway’s Welterweight champion Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus 25.

Mini and Light Flyweight champion Ricardo “Finito” Lopez 24, Ukraine’s Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko 23, Poland’s Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Darius “Tiger” Michalczewski 23, US Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Virgil “Quick Silver Hill 22.

Germany’s Super Middleweight champion Sven “Phantom” Ottke, Wales Super Middleweight Joe “Pride of Wales” Calzaghe, US Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Super Lightweight, Welterweight and Light Middleweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr., US’s Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, Thailand’s Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Kazakhstan’s Middleweight champion Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin 21.

US’s Featherweight, Welterweight and Lightweight champion Henry “Homicide” Hank” Armstrong 20. US’s Heavyweight champion Larry “Easton Assasin” Holmes, US’s Heavyweight champion Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali, Panama’s Featherweight champion Eusebio “El Alacran” Pedroza, and Thailand’s Super Flyweight champion Khaosai Galaxy 19.

Puerto Rico’s Bantamweight champion, Featherweight and Super Featherweight champion Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, US’s Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight and Middleweight champion Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya, and South Korea’s Light Flyweight champion Myung-Woo “Sonagi” Yuh 18.

Indonesia’s Featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John, Middleweight, US’s Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion Roy Jones, Jr., Ghana’s Azuma Featherweight and Super Featherweight champion “The Professor” Nelson, and Uzbekistan and Germany’s Lightweight champion Artur “King Arthur” Grigorian 17.

Nicaragua’s Featherweight, Super Featherweight and Lightweight champion Alexis “The Thin Man” Arguello, US’s Bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales, US’s Lightweight, Super Lightweight, Welterweight and Light Middleweight champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker and US’s Light Middleweight champion “Terrible” Terry Norris 16 and Argentina’s Middleweight Carlos “Escopeta“ Monzon 14.
This has been a list of boxer’s successful title defenses taken from

Current active boxers Mexico’s Light Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and US’s Lightweight, Light Welterweight and Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford have 12 each.

Any viewers who have corrections as far as additions to record defenses or boxer’s not on the list that should be included please email me at [email protected]

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