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WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

Adon Butler 1888/12  
American Lightweight champion, starts claiming the world title sometime between 88/12/08 and 88/12/20; still champion as of 90/01/06; most likely retires as champion.



Max Luttbeg 1895/03/25<  
Recognized in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, and possible other states; scheduled to wrestle another claimant George Bother on 1902/01/17 in New York, NY, but Bother refuses to complete unless the strangle hold is barred; also defeats title claimants John Billiter on 07/04/29 in Kansas City, KS (see below) and George Bothner on 07/09/09 in Kansas City, MO.
Johnny Billiter 1912/03/03 St. Louis, MO, USA
Also defeats Al Wasem on 12/04/04 in St. Louis, MO; Wasem continues to claim the title as late as 13/07/05.
Henry Wirth 1912/11/18<
Johnny Billiter [2] 1913/03/28 Battle Creek, MI, USA
Owen Daily 1914/06/04 Lincoln, NE, USA
Blliter still/again continues to claim the title as late as 19/03/20, even after losing to Milton Harnden on 14/06/12 in Bellingham, WA.
John Makie 1914/12/22 Lincoln, NE, USA
Owen Daily [2] 1915/01/27 Lincoln, NE, USA
Loses to another claimant Milton Harnden on 17/02/13 in Bellingham, WA but continues to defend the title in Nebraska (see below); defeats another claimant Jack Fisher on 17/04/19 in Minden, NE when Fisher leaves the town before the match; Daily no longer billed as champion in Lincoln as of 19/02/19.
Milton Harnden 1917/02/13 Bellingham, WA, USA
Has claimed the title in northwestern states including Washington and Utah as early a 13/08/14; also has defeated title claimant Johnny Billiter on 14/06/12 in Bellingham, WA; also defeats title claimant Eugene Tremblay on 17/11/15 in Bellingham, WA; still/again champioin as of 20/12 and 25/10/21; former champion as of 25/12/03.



Max Wiley 1902/06/27 Spokane, WA, USA
Defeats Ernest Maxwell to be recognized as North American champion; later claims the world title; also recognized in Toledo, OH; still/again champion as of 05/12/19.



George Bothner 1903/04/02 New York, NY, USA
Reigning American Lightweight champion, defeats English champion Tom Riley to become the World Lightweight champion; has been presented Police Gazette title belt in 1899; also holds World Welterweight Title after 11; loses to Eugene Tremblay on 07/04/06 in Montreal, QC and to Max Luttbeg on 07/09/09 in Kansas City, MO but continues to defend the Lighweight title until 15.
Eugene Tremblay 1908/11/27 Brooklyn, NY, USA
Again defeats Bothner on 09/04/03 in Chicago, IL.
Jean Paradis 1913/02/28 Montreal, QC, CAN
Eugene Tremblay [2] 1913/09<
Walter Miller 1914/01/25 Ft. William, ON, CAN
Eugene Tremblay [3] 1914/03/28<
Jean Paradis defeats Tremblay on 14/04/01 in Montreal, QC, but the decision is later over-turned when Paradis is proven three pounds overweight; loses to another claimant Milton Harnden on 17/11/15 in Bellingham, WA but continues to defend the title (see above).
Peter Plourde 1920/09/22 Lowell, MA, USA



Johnny Billiter 1907/03/08 Toledo, OH, USA
United States champion defeats William Morrison, billed as English champion; also defeats Walter Morrison on 07/03/19 to be recognized in Kansas City, KS; loses to Max Luttebeg on 07/04/29 in Kansas City, KS but continues to claim the title (see above).
Al Wasem 1911/12/03 St. Louis, MO, USA
Johnny Billiter [2] 1912/04/04 St. Louis, MO, USA
Has also defeated Max Luttbeg on 12/03/03 in St. Louis, MO (see above).
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Jack Fisher 1917/02/25 St. Louis, MO, USA
Defeats Al Wasem.



Young Miller 1909/01/25 St. Paul, MN, USA
Defeats Fred Bartle and claims the title.



Bert Kincaid 1912/11/15<
Recognized in Nevada; still champion as of 13/08/26.



Walter Keegan 1918<



Johnny Meyers 1919/01/22<
Recognized in Wisconsin.



Roy Hughes 1921/07/15<
Recognized in Iowa.
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Vernon Breedlove 1921/11/14<
Jack Gorman 1924/04
Forced to vacate in 28 (sometime before 28/06/26) when Gorman can no longer maintain the weight limit.
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Vernon Breedlove [2] 1930/02/05<
Still/again champion as of 33/05/26; still/again claims lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight titles as of 35/04/01.
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Earl Conrad 1937/12/12<
Billed as champion in Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Oregon, and possibly other states; still champion as of 40/02/01; former champion as of 42/12/12.



Johnny Billiter 1919/01<  
Claims the title in Detroit, MI.
Steve Graf 1919/01/11 Detroit, MI
Still/again champion as of 24/04.



Charlie Heard * 1933<



Leroy Ferguson 1935/09/24< Liverpool, ENG *
Reporeted in Paris, TX to have won the title from "Terrible Jap".



George Karavas 1937/01/14<


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