Via Ken Hissner: Last month, the term “Triple Crown Champion” was heard again referring to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont horse races.
There was a time when the world boxing champion wore a crown, now only wears the belts of the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Association, the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Organization and the World Boxing Organization. international boxing.
The first person I knew of the three crowns was none other than “Ruby”. Bob Fitzsimmonswho won the world middleweight title in 1891, the heavyweight title in 1897 and the light heavyweight title in 1903.
Probably the most famous person to hold three titles and the only one to hold them simultaneously is Henry “kills” Armstrongwho in 1937 won the title of world featherweight champion and in 1938 won both world light and lightweight titles.
The two people who hold the most “belts” at the age of six are Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiaowon the WBC flyweight title in 1998, the IBF super bantamweight title in 2001, both the WBC superlightweight title and the WBC lightweight title in 2008, the WBO lightweight title in 2009, and the WBC lightweight middleweight title in 2009. 2010.
The other is Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoyawho won both the WBO ultralightweight and WBO lightweight titles in 1994, the WBC middleweight title in 1997, the WBC light welterweight title in 2001, and the WBO middleweight title in 2004.
Three, who have held titles in five divisions with “belts”, a creature Thomas “Hit Man” listen won the WBA welterweight title in 1980, the WBC light welterweight title in 1982, both the WBC light and middleweight title in 1987, and the WBO super middleweight title in 1988.
That one is “Sugar” Ray Leonard won the WBC middleweight title in 1979, the WBA light welterweight title in 1981, the WBC middleweight title in 1987, and both the 1988 WBC light heavyweight and super middleweight titles.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. won the WBC lightweight title in 1998, the WBC lightweight title in 2002, the WBC lightweight title in 2005, the IBF middleweight title in 2006 and the WBC lightweight middleweight title in 2007.
Four people holding four “belts” are Roberto “Hand of Stone” Duran won the WBA lightweight title in 1972, the WBC middleweight title in 1980, the WBA light welterweight title in 1983, and the WBC middleweight title in 1989.
The other is Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker won the IBF lightweight title in 1989, the IBF lightweight title in 1992, the WBC lightweight title in 1993 and the WBA light middleweight title in 1995.
The other is Roy Jones, Jr., IBF middleweight champion in 1993, IBF super middleweight title in 1994, WBC light heavyweight title in 1997 and WBA heavyweight title in 2003.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won the WBA light welterweight title in 2013, the WBC middleweight title in 2015, the WBA super middleweight title in 2018, and the WBO light heavyweight title in 2019.
There have been many boxers who have won titles in three weight classes. A woman is from Germany Regina Halmich won the WIBF flyweight title in 1995, the WIBF super flyweight title in 1998 and the WIBF lightweight flyweight title in 1996.