If there’s an ultimate dream in boxing, it’s to become the world’s undisputed champion. One may argue about securing titles in multiple weight classes, but holding the undisputed gold is putting your name among the very few in the record books.
The definition of undisputed champion has also changed over the years. From 1983 until 2007, holding three belts meant you were the undisputed champion. Presently, he or she is a unified champion. To become an undisputed champion today, a boxer must hold four or more titles, including WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF titles.
In the history of boxing, only nine boxers have held four or more titles to earn the tag of undisputed champion. However, in different eras, the sport of boxing has celebrated various undisputed champions across different weight divisions.
Who are the undisputed champions in boxing right now?
Currently, there are three undisputed boxing champions. Devin Haney, Canelo Alvarez, and Jermell Charlo.
Devin Haney became the undisputed lightweight champion after he defeated George Kambosos Jr. in June 2022 to become the youngest undisputed champion of this era. Haney successfully defended the undisputed titles in the rematch against Kambosos Jr. and is fresh off a win over Vasily Lomachenko.
Canelo Alvarez wrote history after becoming the first boxer in the sport’s history to hold undisputed titles in the super-middleweight division. Alvarez stopped Caleb Plant back in November 2021 in the eleventh round of their boxing showdown to unify the four golds in the super-middleweight division. Since then, he has defended his undisputed titles twice.
Jermell Charlo‘s triumphant win over Brian Castano in May 2022 saw him become the undisputed champion of the light middleweight division. At the time of writing, Charlo has yet to defend his undisputed titles. He is rumored to fight Canelo Alvarez next. However, there’s no official confirmation.
The boxing world could witness another undisputed champion, with Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford set to share the boxing ring this weekend inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The undefeated duo will go 12 rounds for the undisputed welterweight title.
Terence Crawford is a former light-welterweight undisputed champion of the world. A victory here could catapult Terence Crawford to global stardom, making him a rarity in the world of boxing.