28
Sep
2020

Mike Tyson rated above Lennox Lewis on all-time WBC champions list

Mike Tyson Lennox Lewis HBO

HBO

Ahead of his return to the ring on November 28, WBN takes a look at where Mike Tyson is rated in the all-time World Boxing Council heavyweight champions list.

Tyson, who is set to fight again at 54 years old, takes the number three spot following his reign during the 1980s.

During the mid-1990s, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ regained the strap in a rematch with Frank Bruno.

MIKE TYSON in WBC ALL-TIME TOP 10

1. Muhammad Ali (US)
2. Mike Tyson (US)
3. Lennox Lewis (GB)
4. Larry Holmes (US)
5. Evander Holyfield (US)
6. George Foreman (US)
7. Joe Frazier (US)
8. Vitaly Klitschko (Ukraine)
9. Sonny Liston (US)
10. Ken Norton (US)

EVERY WBC HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION

1. Sonny Liston (US) 1963 – 1964
2. Muhammad Ali (US) 1964 – 1967
3. Joe Frazier (US) 1968 – 1973
4. George Foreman (US) 1973 – 1974
5. Muhammad Ali (US) * 1974 – 1978
6. Leon Spinks (US) 1978
7. Ken Norton (US) 1977 – 1978
8. Larry Holmes (US) 1978 – 1983
9. Tim Witherspoon (US) 1984
10. Pinklon Thomas (US) 1984 – 1985
11. Trevor Berbick (Can) 1986

POST-1990s

12. Mike Tyson (US) 1986 – 1990
13. James Douglas (US) 1990
14. Evander Holyfield (US) 1990 – 1992
15. Riddick Bowe (US) 1992
16. Lennox Lewis (GB) 1993 – 1994
17. Oliver McCall (US) 1994 – 1995
18. Frank Bruno (GB) 1995 – 1996
19. Mike Tyson (US) * 1996
20. Lennox Lewis (GB) * 1997 – 2001
21. Hasim Rahman (US) 2001
22. Lennox Lewis (GB) * 2001 – 2003
23. Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine) 2004
24. Hasim Rahman (US) * 2005 – 2006
25. Oleg Maskaev (Kazakhstan) 2006 – 2008
26. Samuel Peter (Nigeria) Interim 2007 – 2008
27. Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine)* 2008 – 2014
28. Bermane Stiverne (Haiti-US) 2014 – 2015
29. Deontay Wilder (US) 2015 – 2020
30. Dillian Whyte (GB) Interim 2019 –
31. Tyson Fury (GB) 2020 –
* Regained title

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION IN WBC HISTORY

25 heavyweight world champions have been recognized by the WBC, five of whom have regained the title: Muhammad Ali (US), Mike Tyson (US), Lennox Lewis two times (GB), Hasim Rahman (US), Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine).

119 heavyweight world championship fights have been held in WBC history.

MEMORABLE WBC HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Feb. 22, 2020 Tyson Fury TKO7 Deontay Wilder – Las Vegas
Nov. 23, 2019 Deontay Wilder KO7 Luis Ortiz – Las Vegas
Jul. 20, 2019 Dillian Whyte W12 Oscar Rivas (Interim) – London
Dec. 1, 2018 Deontay Wilder D12 Tyson Fury – Los Angeles
Mar. 3, 2018 Deontay Wilder TKO10 Luis Ortiz – Brooklyn
Jan. 17, 2015 Deontay Wilder W12 Bermane Stiverne – Las Vegas
Oct. 11, 2008 Vitali Klitschko TKO9 Samuel Peter – Berlin
Mar. 8, 2008 Samuel Peter TKO6 Oleg Maskaev – Cancun
Apr. 24, 2004 Vitali Klitschko KO8 Corrie Sanders – Los Angeles
Jun. 21, 2003 Lennox Lewis TKO6 Vitali Klitschko – Los Angeles
Jun. 8, 2002 Lennox Lewis KO8 Mike Tyson – Memphis
Nov. 17, 2001 Lennox Lewis KO4 Hasim Rahman – Las Vegas
Apr. 22, 2001 Hasim Rahman KO5 Lennox Lewis – Brakpan

PRE-2000

Mar. 19, 1999 Lennox Lewis D12 Evander Holyfield – New York
Sep. 2, 1995 Frank Bruno W12 Oliver McCall – London
May 8, 1993 Lennox Lewis W12 Tony Tucker – Las Vegas
Apr. 19, 1001 Evander Holyfield W12 George Foreman – Atlantic City
Mar. 18, 1991 Mike Tyson TKO7 Donovan Ruddock (Eliminator) – Las Vegas
Oct. 25, 1990 Evander Holyfield KO3 James Douglas – Las Vegas
Feb. 11, 1990 James Douglas KO10 Mike Tyson – Tokyo


PRE-1990s

Jul. 21, 1989 Mike Tyson TKO1 Carl Williams – Atlantic City
June 27, 1988, Mike Tyson KO1 Michael Spinks – Atlantic City
Nov. 22, 1986, Mike Tyson TKO2 Trevor Berbick – Las Vegas
Mar. 22, 1986 Trevor Berbick W12 Pinklon Thomas – Las Vegas
Apr. 11, 1981 Larry Holmes W15 Trevor Berbick – Las Vegas
Oct. 2, 1980, Larry Holmes TKO11 Muhammad Ali – Las Vegas
Sep. 28, 1979, Larry Homes TKO11 Earnie Shavers – Las Vegas
Jun. 9, 1978 Larry Holmes W15 Ken Norton – Las Vegas
Oct. 1, 1975, Muhammad Ali TKO15 Joe Frazier – Manila
Oct. 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali KO8 George Foreman – Kinshasa
Mar. 8, 1971 Joe Frazier W15 Muhammad Ali – New York
Dec. 10, 1968, Joe Frazier W15 Oscar Bonavena – Philadelphia
May 21, 1966, Muhammad Ali TKO6 Henry Cooper – London

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.