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National Boxing/Wrestling Association
World Heavyweight Championship
(January 4, 1929 - November 27, 1949)
Won By: Won From:     Date: Event: Location: Length of         
Title Reign:         
Gus Sonnenberg Ed Lewis Jan. 04, 1929        -- Boston, MA, USA 209 days     
The National Boxing Association begins recognizing Sonnenberg as champion after his win over Lewis for the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship.
** Title Vacated ** Gus Sonnenberg ???. ??, 1929        -- -- 22 days     
Sonnenberg is stripped of the title for failing to defend the title against "real" contenders, date unknown.
Dick Shikat Jim Londos Aug. 23, 1929        -- Philadelphia, PA, USA 287 days     
Shikat is recognized as champion after defeating Jim Londos.
Jim Londos Dick Shikat Jun. 06, 1930        -- Philadelphia, PA, USA 5 yrs, 22 days     
Danno O'Mahoney Jim Londos Jun. 27, 1935        -- Boston, MA, USA 248 days     
Dick Shikat Danno O'Mahoney Mar. 02, 1936        -- New York, NY, USA 54 days     
Ali Baba Dick Shikat Apr. 25, 1936        -- Detroit, MI, USA 62 days     
Everett Marshall Ali Baba Jun. 26, 1936        -- Columbus, OH, USA 81 days     
** Title Vacated ** Everett Marshall Sep. 15, 1936        -- -- 23 days     
In September of 1936, at a annual meeting, the National Boxing/Wrestling Association recommends that a tournament be held to crown a new champion, thus vacating the title.
Dean Detton Awarded Oct. 08, 1936        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 340 days     
Detton is awarded the title after records show he has defeated 2 of the top contenders for the title, Ed "The Strangler" Lewis and Ali Baba. The N.B/W.A at first recognizes Detton as their first champion since Danno O'Mahoney, but they soon withdraw that recognition.
John Pesek Dean Detton Sep. 13, 1937        -- -- 78 days     
Pesek is awarded the title after being the only contender able or willing to post the $1000 bond for the title.
** Title Vacated ** John Pesek ???. ??, 1937        -- -- 73 days     
The N.B/W.A withdraws it's recognition of Pesek as champion and vacates the title, date unknown.
Steve Casey Lou Thesz Feb. 11, 1938        -- Boston, MA, USA 202 days     
Casey is recognized as champion by the N.B/W.A. after he defeats Lou Thesz for the A.W.A. Boston version of the World Heavyweight Championship
** Title Vacated ** Steve Casey Sep. 01, 1938        -- -- 13 days     
Casey is stripped of the title after he is unable to make a scheduled title defence because he was out of the country.
Everett Marshall (2) Awarded Sep. 14, 1938        -- -- 162 days     
Marshall is awarded the title at the annual meeting of the N.B/W.A
Lou Thesz Everett Marshall Feb. 23, 1939        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 120 days     
Bronko Nagurski Lou Thesz Jun. 23, 1939        -- Houston, TX, USA 257 days     
Ray Steele Bronko Nagurski Mar. 07, 1940        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 1 yr, 4 days     
Bronko Nagurski (2) Ray Steele Mar. 11, 1941        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 86 days     
Sandor Szabo Bronko Nagurski Jun. 05, 1941        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 259 days     
Bill Longson Sandor Szabo Feb. 19, 1942        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 230 days     
Yvon Robert Bill Longson Oct. 07, 1942        -- Montreal, PQ, Canada 51 days     
Bobby Managoff Yvon Robert Nov. 27, 1942        -- Houston, TX, USA 84 days     
Bill Longson (2) Bobby Managoff Feb. 19, 1943        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 4 yrs, 3 days     
Whipper Bill Watson Bill Longson Feb. 21, 1947        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 63 days     
Lou Thesz (2) Whipper Bill Watson Apr. 25, 1947        -- St. Louis, MO, USA 210 days     
Bill Longson (3) Lou Thesz Nov. 21, 1947        -- Houston, TX, USA 241 days     
Lou Thesz (3) Bill Longson Jul. 20, 1948        -- Indianapolis, IN, USA 1 yr, 130 days     
Thesz is awarded the N.W.A. World Heavyweight Championship and unifies the title. The N.B/W.A. title recognition is abandoned.