some new zealanders claim bob fitzsimmons as their own, even though he's considered british by most (his family relocated to new zealand when he was nine).
transplanted Australian joe bugner won the very lightly regarded 'WBF' version of the heavyweight crown in 1998, by defeating james "bonecrusher" smith at the age of 49 years and a 110 days, it made him the oldest ever boxer to hold a "world championship" belt
No One he retired and is still the oldest world heavyweight boxing champ
Jersey Joe Walcott
george foreman. Won the title at age 45
Michael spinks was the first reigning light heavyweight champion to move up and claim the world heavyweight title. bob fitzsimmons won the heavyweight title before winning the lt heavy crown.
pete rademacher fought Floyd Patterson for the title in his pro debut.
3 times, '64, '74, '78.
The heavyweight boxing champ of the world at present is Bermane Stiverne .
The boxing world was shaken in 1908 as Jack Johnson knocked out heavyweight champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round. It is considered a major boxing event because Johnson was the first Black man to win the heavyweight title.
Muhammed Ali was the first person to hold the heavyweight title three times. Ali first won the world heavyweight championship title in 1964 but was stripped of it three years later after he refused induction into the army. He regained the title in 1974 and in 1978.
In the boxing context Tommy Burns was a world heavyweight champion who was the first white boxer to agree to fight a black boxer for the world title. On Boxing Day 1908 he lost his title to Jack Johnson who became the first ever black heavyweight champion of the world. Johnson was not the first black champion as many books say. tHAT HONOUR GOES TO First Black man to win a world boxing title; held three world boxing titles: paperweight, bantamweight and featherweight; invented shadow boxing and the suspended punching bag; fought in the world's longest fight.