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.