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World Heavyweight Championship timeline:

Before the films

  • 1922-1926: Jack Dempsey (lost to Gene Tunney)
  • 1926-1928: Gene Tunney (title vacated)
  • 1930-1932: Max Schmeling (lost to Jack Sharkey)
  • 1932-1933: Jack Sharkey (lost to Primo Carnera)
  • 1933-1934: Primo Carnera (lost to Max Baer)
  • 1934-1935: Max Baer (lost to James J. Braddock)
  • 1935-1937: James J. Braddock (lost to Joe Louis)
  • 1937-1949: Joe Louis (title vacated)
  • 1950-1951: Ezzard Charles (lost to Jersey Joe Walcott)
  • 1951-1952: Jersey Joe Walcott (lost to Rocky Marciano)
  • 1952-1956: Rocky Marciano (title vacated)
  • 1956-1959: Floyd Patterson (lost to Ingemar Johansson)
  • 1959-1960: Ingemar Johansson (lost to Floyd Patterson)
  • 1960-1962: Floyd Patterson (lost to Sonny Liston)
  • 1962-1964: Sonny Liston (lost to Cassius Clay)
  • 1964-1970: Cassius Clay (title vacated)
  • 1971-1973: Joe Frazier (lost to George Foreman)
  • 1973-1974: George Foreman (lost to Apollo Creed in alternate "Rumble in the Jungle")

During the films

  • 1974-1976: Apollo Creed (lost to Rocky Balboa)
  • 1976-1982: Rocky Balboa (lost to Clubber Lang)
  • 1982-1983: Clubber Lang (lost to Rocky Balboa)
  • 1983-1984: Rocky Balboa (title vacated)
  • 1986-1990: Union Cane (lost to Tommy Gunn)
  • 1990-1991: Tommy Gunn (lost to Union Cane)
  • 1991-1995: Union Cane (WBC, The Ring & Lineal titles vacated; WBA title stripped)
  • 1993-1997: Ivan Drago (WBA title stripped)
  • 1996-2002: Mike Tyson (undisputed title vacated)
  • 2003-2011: Mason Dixon (undisputed title vacated)
  • 2012-2017: Danny Wheeler (lost WBC title to Adonis Creed; WBA and The Ring titles stripped)
  • 2017-NOW: Adonis Creed (Current WBC champion)
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