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Last updated on 2014/02/17

World Negro Heavyweight Title

  • Listed only to provide a historical information from the segregation era in the United States of America. This website has no intention of racial discrimination whatsoever.
  • Recognized in Texas unless otherwise noted.

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.
King Kong Clayton 1942/05/01 Louisville, KY, USA
Ras Samara [2] 1942/11/10 Louisville, KY, USA
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.
Ras Samara [3] 1955/03/21<  
Again billed as champion in Iowa, sometime after 54/12/10; still champion as of 55/04/05.

Jack Claybourne 1943 NY, USA*
Defeats Rufus Jones, according to a Louisville, KY paper; billed as champion in Lowell, MA as of 43/12/03.
Seelie Samara (Ras Samara) 1944/01/04<  
Billed as champion in Louisville, KY as having defeated Claybourne; also recognized in other territories in the mid-40s (see above).
Jack Claybourne [2] 1944/02/08<  
Still champion in Massachusetts as of 44/05/15; also billed as champion in Oakland, CA on 44/11/14 and Honolulu, HI on 49/01/09.
Jim Mitchell 1949/04/27<  
Johnny Cobb 1950/04/17<  
Billed as champion in Janesville, WI.
Don Blackman 1950/05/05<  
Woody Strode 1952/12/28<  
Still champion as of 53/01/06.
Jack Claybourne [3] 1953/06/16<  
Luther Lindsay 1955/12/11<  
Also recognized in Arizona and possibly other states; still champion as of 58/12/18.
Dory Dixon 1960/12/06<  
On 60/12/09, Galveston Daily News reports that Dixon has recently defeated Lindsay for the title; Lindsay continues to be billed as champion in Arizona as late as 61/03/27.
Art Thomas 1962/07/25 San Antonio, TX, USA
Bearcat Wright 1962/11/24<  
Billed as champion in Michigan.
Bobo Brazil 1963/10/18<  
Recognized in Georgia and Florida.