World's Undisputed Flyweight, Super Flyweight, Featherweight and Super Featherweight Boxing Champions Ever
A world professional boxing champion is entirely different from a world undisputed professional champion. A world professional boxing champion simply won a belt from any of the four recognized professional boxing associations in the world while an undisputed professional world boxing champion unified all the existing belts from all the recognized professional boxing associations in the world.
The first ever recognized professional boxing association is the New York Athletic Commission or NYSAC which was founded in 1920. Currently, there are four recognized boxing associations in the world, namely: World Boxing Association or WBA which was founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA); World Boxing Council or WBC which was founded in 1963; IBF or International Boxing Federation which was founded in 1983, and; WBO or World Boxing Organization, the youngest recognized association in professional boxing.
A boxer is declared as the “undisputed champion of the world”, firstly, if he held both the NYSAC and NBA titles simultaneously within the period from 1920-1963; secondly, if he held both the WBA and WBC titles simultaneously within the period from 1963–1983; thirdly, if he held the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles simultaneously within the period from 1983–2007; and lastly, if he held the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles simultaneously from 2007–Present.
1.) Francisco “Pancho Villa” Gilledo – Flyweight
Pancho Villa of the Philippines was the flyweight undisputed NYSAC & WBA champion of the world from June 6, 1923 to July 4, 1925 for a period of 2 years and 28 days. He was only 5 ft 1 inch tall and weighed 51 kg. He is regarded as "the greatest Asian fighter in boxing history". Gilledo was never knocked out in his entire boxing career. He died at the age of 23 from complications following a tooth extraction. Pancho Villa had 92 wins, 24 of which by way of knock-out.
*Fidel LaBarba succeeded Pancho Villa as the Undisputed Flyweight Champion of the World.
2.) Vakhtang "Vic" Darchinyan – Super Flyweight
Vic Darchinyan was the undisputed WBA, WBC & IBF super flyweight champion of the world for 1 year, 1 month and 11 days from November 1, 2008 to December 12, 2009. This Armenian professional boxer is a 3-division world champion having won 8 titles in 3 different weight classes. Darchinyan had 37 wins, 27 wins by way of knockout.
3.) Jiro Watanabe – Super Flyweight
Jiro Watanabe of Japan was the undisputed WBA & WBC super flyrweight champion of the world for more than 20 months from July 5, 1984 to March 30, 1986.
4.) Enrique Pinder – Featherweight
Enrique Pinder was the undisputed WBA & WBC featherweight champion of the world from July 29, 1972 to April 14, 1973 for less than 9 months.
5.) Sugar Ramos – Featherweight
Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos was the undisputed WBA & WBC featherweight champion of the world from March 21, 1963 to September 26, 1964 for a period of 1 year and 6 months. This World Boxing Hall of Fame awardee had a record of 55 wins, 40 wins by way of knockout. Two of his opponents died due to injuries sustained in the fight.
6.) Vicente Saldivar – Featherweight
Vicente Saldivar was the world’s undisputed WBA & WBC featherweight champion from September 26, 1964 to October 14, 1967 for a period of 3 years and 18 days. Vicente Samuel Saldivar García is a Mexican professional boxer who has been cited as one of the finest left-handed fighters of all time. His professional boxing record is 37 (W) and 3 (L) with 26 wins by way of knockout.
7.) Rafael Herrera – Bantamweight/Featherweight
Rafael Herrera of Mexico was the undisputed WBA & WBC bantamweight champion of the world for a period of 4 months and 10 days from March 19, 1972 to July 29, 1972.
8.) Hiroshi Kobayashi – Super Featherweight
Hiroshi Kobayashi of Japan is the world’s undisputed WBA & WBC super featherweight champion from December 14, 1967 to January 19, 1969. Kobayashi held the distinction for 1 year, 1 month and 4 days. He was stripped of his WBA title after failing to fight Rene Barrientos. Kobayashi was defeated by Roberto Duran.
9.) Yoshiaki Numata – Junior Lightweight/ Super Featherweight
Yoshiaki Numata of Japan was the undisputed WBA & WBC junior lightweight champion of the world from June 15, 1967 to December 14, 1967 for a period of 6 months. Numata won the WBC and WBA super featherweight world titles by defeating Flash Elorde by decision in 1967, although Numata was knocked down in the 3rd round. He lost the title in his first defense to Hiroshi Kobayashi by KO in the 12th round.
10.) Grabriel “Flash” Elorde - Super Featherweight
The Filipino professional boxer Gabriel “Flash” Elorde was the undisputed WBA & WBC super featherweight champion of the world from February 16, 1963 to June 15, 1967. Flash Elorde held the undisputed title for 4 years and 4 months. He still holds the junior lightweight division record for longest title reign. It spanned for seven years making him one of the greatest Filipino and Asian fighters of all-time along with Pancho Villa and Manny Pacquiao