Youngest Boxing Champions in History: Mike Tyson, Wilfred Benitez, and More

A boxer needs to pile up at least 10 to 20 bodies or even more to get a title shot, which can take a lot of time to achieve while being unsure of winning the title fight. However, some boxers achieved it in less time frame and became the champion. Here, we take a look at some of the best youngest boxing champions in history.

Wilfred Benitez - 17 years,
five months, and 24 days

Benitez outboxed then-future Hall of Famer Antonio Cervantes by a 15-round split decision to claim the WBA junior welterweight title back in March 1976, when he was 17 years old. He is the youngest boxing world champion in the history of boxing to this day.

Pipino Cuevas - 18 years,
six months, and 21 days

Cuevas stopped Angel Espada in two rounds to become the WBA welterweight champion back in July 1976, when he was only 18 years old.

Tony Canzoneri - 18 years,
11 months, and 19 days

At the age of 18, Canzoneri won the vacant NYSAC featherweight title by unanimous decision against Johnny Dundee in October 1927.

Mike Tyson - 20 years,
four months, and 22 days

Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion by defeating Trevor Berbick via TKO in the second round to claim the WBC heavyweight title. 

David Benavidez - 20 years
and nine months

20-year-old Benavidez claimed the WBC super-middleweight title by defeating Ronald Gavril via split decision back in September 2017 to become the youngest super middleweight champion. 

Devin Haney -
20 Years

In October 2019, Haney became the youngest active world champion in boxing when he was elevated as the WBC lightweight champion after previous WBC lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko was promoted to "Franchise Champion" by the WBC.

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