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World Negro Heavyweight Title

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Reginald Siki 1925/10/30<  
Billed as champion in Salt Lake City, UT; still champion in Dunkirk, NY as of 32/02/20; not Sweet Daddy Siki, who is born in 1940
George Godfrey 1935/01/09 Brussels, BEL
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Jack Nelson 1936/03/08<  
Billed as champion in Utah; still champion as of 36/04/03.

Rufus Jones 1938/08/12<  
Billed as champion in Louisville, KY; still champion as of 39/09/26.
Jack Claybourne 1941/07/18< NY, USA*
Reported by a Louisville, KY paper in 43 as having defeated Jones in New York; billed as champion in Lowell, MA as of 43/12/03.
Haille Samara (Ras Samara) 1941/08/07 Louisville, KY, USA
Has been recognized in Iowa as early as 41/07/08 (see below).
Jack Claybourne [2] 1941/09/02 Louisville, KY, USA
Haille Samara [2] 1942/04/02<  
King Kong Clayton 1942/05/01 Louisville, KY, USA
Haille Samara [3] 1942/11/10 Louisville, KY, USA
Jack Claybourne [3] 1944/02/08<  
Still champion in Massachusetts as of 44/05/15; also billed as champion in Oakland, CA on 44/11/14, Honolulu, HI on 49/01/09, Blytheville, AR as of 52/04/19, and Tuscon, AZ as of 52/05/14.

Ras Samara (Seelie Samara) 1941/07/08<  
Billed as champion in Iowa sometime after 41/05/26 for being the "only negro wrestler known"; billed as Haille/Seelie Samara in some states; recognized in Iowa throughout the 40s; also recognized in the mid-40s in other states including Arizona, Montana, Missouri, and Washington as well as Alberta; billed as champion in Lincoln, NE as of 51/02/18; "former" champion in Iowa as of 54/12/10.
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Ras Samara [2] 1955/03/18<  
Again billed as champion in Iowa, sometime after 54/12/10; still champion as of 55/04/05.

Alex Kaeffner 1941/10/01<  
Claims the title in Milwaukee, WI.

Don Kindred 1946/10/01<  
Claims the title in Akron, OH.

Jim Mitchell 1949/04/27<  
Recognized in Texas.
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Don Blackman 1950/05/05<  
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Woody Strode 1952/12/28<  
Still champion as of 53/01/06.
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Jack Claybourne 1953/06/16<  
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Luther Lindsay 1955/12/11<  
Recognized in Texas, Arizona, and possibly other states; still champion in Texas as of 58/12/18 and in Springfield, MA as of 59/11/30.
Dory Dixon 1960/12/06<  
On 60/12/09, Galveston Daily News reports that Dixon has recently defeated Lindsay for the title; still champion as of 61/08/08; Lindsay continues to be billed as champion in Arizona as late as 61/03/27.
Art Thomas 1962/07/25 San Antonio, TX, USA

Johnny Cobb 1950/04/15<  
Billed as champion in Janesville, WI.

Jack Claybourne 1954/04/08<  
Claims the title in Springfield, MA.
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Frankie James 1954/11/24<  
Billed as champion in Springfield, MA; still champion as of 55/01/17.

Sweet Daddy Siki 1959/11/26<  
Billed as champion in Indianapolis, IN.

Luther Lindsay 1961/09/12 Seattle, WA, USA
Defeats Shag Thomas; still/again recognized in Salinas, KS as of 63/03/17 and Hawaii as of 66/02/27.

Bearcat Wright 1962/11/24<  
Billed as champion in Michigan.
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Bobo Brazil 1963/10/18<  
Recognized in Georgia and Florida; still/again billed as champion in Lansing, MI and Bridgeport, CT as of 65/03.
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Art Thomas 1967/07/09<  
Billed as champion in Orlando, FL.