It’s definitely easier to win a world boxing championship these days since there are so many governing bodies in the sport. These include the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, WBF, and IBO. There are literally dozens of champions out there with some organizations even having more than one in the same weight class. Things were a bit different years ago with fewer organizations and world titles were harder to come by.
It still takes a lot of skill and hard work to win a world championship belt though and it’s somewhat unique when brothers manage to pull off the feat. There have been numerous brother acts to win world titles over the year and this list features the 20 best of them. In addition, six sets of these brothers managed to hold world championships at the same time and two pairs of brothers are twins.
20. Anthony and Andre Dirrell
Anthony and Andre Dirrell of Flint, Michigan are a recent example of brothers who have won world titles, albeit, Andre’s is an interim championship. Thirty-two-year-old Anthony is 30-1-1 with 24 Kos and won the WBC Super Middleweight Championship with a unanimous decision over Sakio Bika in August of 2014. Dirrell and Bika had gone at it eight months earlier and battled to a draw. Anthony lost the crown in his first defense though when Badou Jack upended him by majority decision. He’s won three straights bouts since and is scheduled to face Callum Smith of England for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Title on September 9th. Anthony’s 33-year-old southpaw brother Andre is 26-2 with 16 Kos and won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He’s currently the interim IBF Super Middleweight Champ. He was given the vacant belt when José Uzcátegui was disqualified in the eighth round for hitting him after the bell on May 20th. Andre had previously fought for the WBC and IBF titles, but was beaten by decision by Carl Froch and James DeGale respectively.
19. Jermell and Jermall Charlo
The Charlo brothers of Lafayette, Louisiana are 27-year-old identical twins with Jermall being older by just one minute. Both of them held world titles in 2016. Jermall stopped Cornelius Bundrage in the third round for the IBF Jr. Middleweight Championship in September, 2015 and Jermell knocked out John Jackson in the eighth round in May, 2016 for the vacant WBC Jr. Middleweight Title. Jermall owns a perfect record of 25-0 with 19 Kos while Jermell is 29-0 with 14 Kos. Jermell has defended his title just once by stopping Charles Hatley in the sixth round this April. Jermall defended his belt three times then vacated it in February to move up to middleweight. He’s scheduled to fight Jorge Sebastian Heiland (28-4-2, 15 Kos) on July 29th with the winner supposedly getting a shot at the winner of the September 16th tilt between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez.
18. Dave and Matthew Hilton
The Hiltons are Canada’s most famous pro boxing family with five members lacing up the gloves. Dave Hilton Sr. was a three-division national champ and two of his sons went on to win world titles. Dave Jr. won the WBC Super Middleweight Crown in 2000 with a split decision over Dingaan Thobela. Hilton went 41-2-2 with 26 Kos in his career, but was stripped of the title when he was found guilty of sexually abusing his two daughters. Dave Jr., who was the brother-in-law of Arturo Gatti, served six years and finished his career with one more pro bout in 2007. His brother Matthew took home the IBF Jr. Middleweight title in 1987 with a unanimous 15-round win over Buster Drayton. He successfully defended the belt once and lost it to Robert Hines by 12-round unanimous decision in his second defense. He challenged Doug DeWitt for the WBO Title in 1990, but was stopped after the 11th round. Matthew also had big career knockout wins over former world champs Wilfredo Benitez and Vito Antuofermo. Brothers Alex and Stewart Hilton also boxed professionally.
17. Carlos and Leo Cruz
The Dominican Republic also had a pair of brothers win world titles. Carlos Cruz won the WBA and WBC Lightweight Championships with a 15-round split decision over Carlos Ortiz in September, 1968. He defended the titles just once against Mando Ramos by 15-round unanimous decision and then lost the belts to Ramos by an 11th-round TKO in their rematch in February, 1969. Cruz then won his next four fights before losing his life in a plane crash in 1970 at the age of 32. Carlos’ didn’t have the greatest record at 43-13-2 with 14 Kos, but he lost only four of his last 30 bouts. Hs brother Leo moved to Puerto Rico as a youngster and won the WBA Super Bantamweight Title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Sergio Palma in 1981. He had challenged Palma for the belt a year earlier, but dropped a unanimous decision. Leo defended the title three times, including once against Palma, and then lost it to Loris Stecca by 12th-round TKO in February, 1984. He retired in 1989 with a record of 41-8-2 with 18 Kos.
16. Ratanapol and Ratanachai Sor Vorapin
Thailand is well known for their excellent lighter weight boxers and southpaws Ratanapol and Ratanachai Sor Vorapin have both won a world belt. Ratanapol, who was also known as Anucha Pothang, won the IBF Minimumweight Crown in 1992 with a split decision win over Manny Melchor. He defended it 20 times in the following five years before getting stopped in the fifth round by Zolani Petelo in 1997. Younger brother Ratanachai, also known as Chaiya Pothang, took the WBO Bantamweight Championship home in his third world title shot when he beat Cruz Carbajal by unanimous decision in 2004. However, he was stopped in his second defense in the seventh round by Jhonny Gonzalez a year later. Ratanachai was then halted in the eighth round by Gerry Penalosa when he tried to regain the title. Ratanapol had a 59-8-1 record with 48 Kos while Ratanachai went 75-13 with 50 Kos.
15. Christophe and Fabrice Tiozzo
Representing France are the Tiozzo brothers, Christophe and Fabrice. Christophe won a bronze medal as a junior middleweight at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He then went on to win the WBA Super Middleweight and Linear Titles in 1990 with a sixth-round TKO over In-Chul Baek. Chrstophe defended the titles twice before losing to Victor Cordoba by ninth-round TKO in April, 1991. He fought Jeff Harding for the WBC Light Heavyweight Crown the same year and was stopped in the eighth round. He retired in 1996 with a mark of 33-2 with 23 Kos. His brother Fabrice was a three-time world champion as he won the WBA and WBC Light Heavyweight Titles as well as the WBA Cruiserweight Championship. He retired with a record of 48-2 with 32 Kos in 2006 as the reigning WBA Light Heavyweight Champ. Both of his losses were to Virgil Hill with his biggest wins being against Eric Lucas, Noel Magee, Mike McCallum, Leslie Stewart, Nate Miller and Dariusz Michalczewski. Fabrice lost just two of 11 world title fights.
14. Ralf and Graciano Rocchigiani
The Rocchigiani brothers hail from Germany, with Ralf winning the WBO Cruiserweight Title and younger brother Graciano becoming an IBF Super Middleweight and WBC Light Heavyweight Champ. Ralf was the German champion in 1985, but failed to win the European crown in two attempts. He also lost a WBO Cruiserweight Title fight to Tyrone Booze by 12-round unanimous decision in 1992. He won the vacant belt in June, 1995 though via an 11th-round TKO over Carl Thompson. Ralf defended the crown six times, but lost it to Thompson by split decision in 1997. He retired two years later with a record of 42-9-7 with 17 Kos. Graciano was a southpaw who went 41-6-1 with 19 Kos from 1983 to 2003 with all six defeats coming in his last 13 fights and all in world title bouts. He was also a European and German champ who had wins over Mustafa Hamsho and Michael Nunn.
13. Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda
The three Kameda brothers Koki, Daiki and Tomoki of Osaka, Japan, have all won world titles. Thirty-year-old Koki has captured the WBA Jr. Flyweight and Bantamweight Titles as well as the WBC Flyweight Championship. Twenty-eight-year-old Daiki has taken the WBA Flyweight and IBF Jr. Bantamweight Crowns while 25-year-old Tomoki has won the WBO Bantamweight Belt. Koki is a southpaw with a record of 33-2 with 18 Kos while Daiki is 29-5 with 18 Kos. Meanwhile, Tomoki is 33-2 with 20 Kos. None of the three brothers is currently a world champion and Tomoki has spent much of his pro career fighting out of Mexico. The Kamedas are a controversial bunch in Japan and have lost nine fights between them, but they’re the only three brothers to have been world champions at one point in their pro careers.
12. Ricardo and Rene Arredondo
Ricardo, Rene and Roberto Arredondo were three Mexican brothers with 12 years separating the oldest Ricardo from the youngest Rene. Both Rene and Ricardo managed to win world titles while Roberto actually became the featherweight champion of Japan. Rene won the WBC Jr. Welterweight Title by stopping Lonnie Smith in the fifth round in 1986. However, he lost the belt in his first defense when Tsuyoshi Hamada stopped him in the first round. He regained the belt via a sixth-round TKO over Hamada in a 1987 rematch, but once again lost his first defense when Roger Mayweather halted him in the sixth round. Rene retired in 1997 with a record of 46-12 with 40 Kos after losing 10 of his last 18 fights. Ricardo won the WBC Super Featherweight Title in 1971 by stopping Yoshiaki Numata in the 10th round in his second title shot. He defended it five times before Kuniaki Shibata beat him on points in 1974. Ricardo fought 100 times and went 77-22-1 with 57 Kos. He retired in 1979 after losing 12 of his last 17 contests.
11. Joe and Vince Dundee
Joe and Vince Dundee were the first brothers to become world boxing champions after moving to America from their homeland of Italy. Vince beat Lou Brouillard by a 15-round unanimous decision to win the New York State World Middleweight Championship and the National Boxing Association World Middleweight Title. He defended the belts twice while fighting several non-title bouts while champion. Dundee was just 41 when he died in 1949 a decade after retiring with a record of 118-19-14 and 29 Kos. His older brother Joe went 85-22-11 with 25 Kos between 1919 and 1931. He captured the World Welterweight Title by beating Pete Latzo via 15-round majority decision in 1927 and lost it two years later when he was disqualified after two rounds against Jackie Fields.
10. Robert and Mikey Garcia
There are six members of the Garcia family of California involved in boxing with Mikey and Robert becoming world champions. Older brother Robert fought from 1992 to 2001 and won the IBF Jr. Lightweight Title in 1998. He’s now a respected trainer and retired with a record of 34-3 with 25 Kos. He won the vacant IBF title via unanimous decision over Harold Warren and defended it twice before the late Diego Corrales stopped him in the seventh round in 1999. He also lost a world title shot against Joel Casamayor via ninth-round TKO on 1991. His 29-year-old brother Mikey (Miguel) has won world titles in three divisions as he’s captured the WBO Featherweight and Super Featherweight Belts as well as the WBC Lightweight Crown. Mikey is perfect at 36-0 with 30 Kos and is trained by Robert. He had an excellent amateur career and is set to meet four weight-division champ Adrien Broner in a junior welterweight bout on July 29th.
9. Khaosai and Khaokor Galaxy
Another fine pair of boxing brothers from Thailand were super flyweight twins Khaosai and Khaokor Galaxy. Khaosai went on to won the WBA Super Flyweight Championship and Khaokor captured the WBA Bantamweight Title. Khaosai won his title in 1984 and defended it 19 times with 16 of those wins coming by knockout. He retired in 1991 with an exceptional record of 47-1 with 41 Kos for a knockout percentage of 85 per cent. Khaosai’s lone loss was to Sakda Saksuree by points over four rounds in his seventh pro fight. His brother Khaokor went 24-2 with 18 Kos and won his title in 1988 over Wilfredo Vasquez by split decision. He was cut by a head butt and lost the crown in his first defense though. Khaokor regained the title a year later with a unanimous win over Sung Kil Moon. He lost it by first-round Ko to Luisito Espinoza in his first defense and promptly retired.
8. Gaby and Orlando Canizales
The Canizales brothers, Gaby and Orlando, were popular boxers in the 1980s and 90s and hailed from Laredo, Texas. Gaby went 48-8-1 with 36 Kos while younger brother Orlando was 50-5-1 with 37 Kos. Gaby won the WBA and WBO Bantamweight Championships while Orlando captured the IBF Bantamweight Title. Gaby lost his first title challenge against Jeff Chandler by decision in 1983, but won the belt three years later by halting Richie Sandoval in seven rounds for the WBA and Lineal Titles. However, he lost on points in his very first defense against Bernardo Pinango. He then lost a WBC Bantamweight Title challenge against Raul Perez by decision in 1990. Gaby stopped Miguel Lora in the second round in 1991 to win vacant WBO Bantamweight Crown, but once again lost in his first defense when Duke McKenzie decisioned him. Orlando was the same age as Gaby when he won his title by stopping Kelvin Seabrooks in the 15th round in 1988. He defended the title 16 times for a bantamweight record before moving up to challenge WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Wilfredo Vasquez in 1995. Vasquez won a split decision and Orlando won a couple of fringe titles at super bantamweight and featherweight before retiring in 1999.
7. Erik and Diego Morales
Mexico’s Erik and Diego Morales are the sons of former pro boxer Jose Morales and their brother Ivan also competed in the sport. Both Erik and Diego won world titles and Erik is considered to be one of his homeland’s greatest aver fighters. Erik fought from 1993 to 2012 with a record of 52-9 with 36 Kos. He won the WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight Titles as well as the WBC Featherweight, WBC and IBF Super Featherweight and WBC Jr. Welterweight Championships. He became the first boxer from Mexico to win titles in four weight divisions and fought two exciting trilogies against Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera, going 1-2 against both of them. He also managed to beat 15 world champions, but lost eight of his last 13 career outings. Younger brother Diego, a southpaw, won the WBO Super Flyweight Title in June, 1999 against Victor Godoi, but lost it in his second defense against Adonis Rivas just five months later. Diego retired in 2007 with a record of 37-2 with 27 Kos.
6. Bruce and Donald Curry
The fighting Curry brothers Bruce, Donald and Graylin of Texas were quite good with Donald and Bruce claiming world titles. Bruce, who was five years older than Donald, won the WBC Super Lightweight Title in 1983 after a fine amateur career and pro losses to Wilfredo Benitez and Thomas Hearns. He took the crown by unanimous decision over Leroy Haley just a few months after Donald won the WBA Welterweight Title. This made the Curry’s the first brothers to hold world championship belts at the same time. Bruce defended his title twice, but was stopped in the 10th round by Billy Costello in January, 1984. He blamed his trainer Jesse Reid for the loss and was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and assault with a deadly weapon after taking a shot at him. Curry was found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent a year in a mental hospital. He retired in 1986 with a 35-8 mark with 17 kos. Donald fought between 1980 and 1991 and made a comeback in 1997. He was the undisputed Welterweight Champ between 1985 and 1986 after winning the WBA, IBF and WBC Titles and would also win the WBC belt again in 1988. However, he failed in his attempt at the Lineal and IBF Middleweight Crowns in 1990. Donald went 36-6 with 25 Kos.
5. Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas
Gabe and Rafael Ruelas also hailed from Mexico with Gabe capturing the WBC Super Featherweight Title and Rafael taking the IBF Lightweight Championship. Gabriel went 49-7 with 24 Kos from 1988 to 2003 while Rafael, who was a year younger, was 53-4 with 41 Kos between 1989 and 1999. Gabe lost a WBC Super Featherweight fight to Azumah Nelson by majority decision in his first title shot, but beat Jesse James Leija on points for his belt in 1994. He defended the crown twice and unfortunately Colombia’s Jimmy Garcia passed away after their bout. Gabe was never the same fighter after that tragic incident and was stopped by Nelson in a 1995 rematch. He was also stopped by Arturo Gatti in a 1997 contest for the IBF Super Featherweight Championship in the fight of the year. Rafael won his title by unanimous decision over Freddie Pendleton in 1994, defended it twice, and lost it to Oscar De La Hoya by second round TKO the next year.
4. Orlin and Terry Norris
Orlin and Terry Norris of Lubbock, Texas were also successful as a brother act with Orlin taking the WBA Cruiserweight Title and Terry winning the WBC and IBF Jr. Middleweight Belts. Terry was the better boxer, but Orlin also had fine skills. Orlin started out as a heavyweight and racked up big wins against Renaldo Snipes, Jesse Ferguson, Greg Page, Oliver McCall and Tony Tucker. He won his belt at cruiserweight though by stopping Marcelo Victor Figueroa in the sixth round in 1993 and defended it four times. His record was 57-10-1 with 30 Kos and two no contests. His losses or no contests came against some of the best around though including Tucker, Bert Cooper, Andrew Golota, Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko. Younger brother Terry was a three-time world champ who was also a great baseball player and an excellent amateur boxer. He had a record of 47-9 with 31 Kos and lost his last three fights before retiring in 1998. Terry had huge wins over Luis Santana, Simon Brown, Maurice Blocker, Meldrick Taylor, Carl Daniels, Sugar Ray Leonard, Donald Curry and John Mugabi and went 20-6 in title fights.
3. Michael and Leon Spinks
Mike and Leon Spinks both won gold medals at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and went on to win world titles. ‘Neon’ Leon shocked the world in 1978 when he beat WBA, WBC and Lineal Heavyweight Champ Muhammad Ali on points in his eighth pro fight. He lost the rematch by 15-round unanimous decision seventh months later though. Leon fought from 1977 to 1995 with a record of just 26-17-3 and 14 Kos, but was quite a character. He moved down to cruiserweight after losing a heavyweight title shot to Larry Holmes by third-round TKO in 1981. His younger brother Mike was one of the best ever light heavyweights as he won the WBA, WBC and IBF Titles. He then moved up to heavyweight and beat the undefeated Holmes for the IBF and Lineal Titles in 1985 and beat him by points again in their rematch seven months later. Mike beat the best around and went 15-1 in title fights. His career record was 31-1 with 21 Kos. His lone loss came in his final fight when Mike Tyson stopped him in the first round in 1988.
2. Rafael and Juan Manuel Marquez
Many fans believe Rafael and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico are the best brothers ever in boxing and it’s definitely debatable. Forty-three-year-old Juan Manuel made a name for himself with his four fights against Manny Pacquiao by winning one, drawing one and losing the other two. This includes a spectacular sixth-round Ko in his victory in 2012. Marquez has been a world champ in four different divisions by winning the IBF and WBO Featherweight, WBC Super Featherweight, WBA and WBO Lightweight and WBO Jr. Welterweight Titles. He’s beaten the likes of Pacquiao, Mike Alvarado, Manuel Medina, Orlando Salido, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz. He’s currently 56-7 with 40 Kos with losses to Timothy Bradley, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Chris John and Freddie Norwood. Juan Manuel lost his pro debut in 1993 and then went unbeaten in his next 29 bouts. His younger brother Rafael won the IBF and IBO Bantamweight Championships and fought a tremendous trilogy with Israel Vazquez gong 2-1. He compiled a record of 41-9 with 37 kos between 1995 and 2013 with six of his losses coming in his last 10 contests.
1. Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko
Ukraine’s Klitschko brothers reigned over the heavyweight division for about a decade as they held all the world titles between them for quite some time. Older brother Vitali was the WBO and WBC Champ and until recently Wladimir held the WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA versions. Vitali, who is now the mayor of Kiev, fought from 1996 to 2012 with a record of 45-2 with 41 Kos and was a two-time champ. His two losses were to Chris Byrd and Lennox Lewis. Forty one-year-old Wladimir has a record of 64-5 with 53 Kos and is still fighting. He won a super heavyweight gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and is also a two-time world champ. Wladimir’s the second-longest reigning champ of all time in the heavyweight division and his 23 title defenses rank second all time in any division. His 29 heavyweight title fights are also a record, but he lost his titles to Tyson Fury of England in a terrible fight in 2015. However, he rebounded with an excellent effort against WBA Champ Anthony Joshua in April even though he was stopped in the 11th round. Fans are now hoping for a rematch before the end of 2017.