I am a big believer in to be the many you have to beat the man. ie a title can be earned only when the champion is defeated. When Lennox Lewis retired in June 2003, there was no consensus champion. Looking at boxrec, there were abour 20 or so different title claimants, most of which were given no credence but all of which are claimants. So, from this date, i have traced the lineage of each and every claimant, with no residence rules. Hopefully this will eventually give us an undisputed champion. Without any politics, it shows that Since 2003, there are currently still 13 fighters around who can trace a lineage to someone who claimed a title in 2003. This does not include those who claimed secondary titles (eg the WBC fecacal title or international title or whatever it is called) i have limited (as far as possible) the search to every national title or regional title, or dodgy World governing body. I know you are all asking why i did this, but it started off as an interesting boxrec search of the lineage of the Australian Heavyweight title (which incidentally was pretty similar to that of the world title for much of its existence) and eventually i just extended it, through boredom and sheer willpower (ie looking for an excuse not to work). Anyway, the results were reasonably interesting. It is quite clear from the search that there are still 3 decent title claimaints. The surprising thing, is that of Russian Chageav, who actually holds the most lineal titles. He holds the following titles: Wba, Commonwealth, British, WBF, WBU, WBFoundation, EU, South American, Russian, Hungarian, Argentinian, Croation, Fijian, German titles. That actually covers a reasonably large amount of nations, and clearly he has a far better credential to be considered the world champion than i ever thought. Next in line with no of titles is Vladimir Klitchsko. Vlad holds the IBF, WBO, IBO, IBU, NABF, NABA, EBU and Canadian titles. Vitali, holds the third most titles. His reign currently includes the WBC, Australian, IBA, Brazillian and OPBF. Surprisingly, the person with the 4th number of title claimants is actually David Haye. Haye has the USBA, Mexican and IBC titles as well as the Undisputed cruiserweight title. Strangely enough, his clash with Vlad will see the winner walking away with quite a few more lineal titles and will actually help find an undisputed heavyweight champion. Outside of these 4 fighters there are no real title claimants (ok i know there are only 3 anyway). But, it is worth noting the others as they do still have lineal titles: Plato has the PABO and South AFrican Lineal titles - The SA lineal title is a decent claim to fame as he has beaten the fighter who at one time was considered the best fighter in South Africa (even if technically Sanders and Botha were probably both better than the SA Champion). Dimitrenko is the reigning lineal US mid west and Mid atlantic champion, although i am not sure how this title sits politically. Areola is the lineal African champion. Zuri Lawrence is the French Champion, Malik Scott, the Nigerian Champion, Cedric Boswell is the GBU Champion, Chincangu owns the Zimbabwe and Zambian championship. Platov holds the championship of South Africa, as well as the PABA titles. Fimpong holds the Nigerian Championship and last but not least, Friday Ahunya holds the Lineal New Zealand Championship. Incidentally, the only other title which possibly could have any type of historical significance is the Lineal World Lightheavyweight title. Roy Jones was the accepted champ at this weight (i know about Michaeljewski but he was never any chance of stepping up to heavy). Jones had actually won a regional Heavy title against Ruiz just months before Lewis retired, so technically his Light heavy title may give him a claim. However, this claim was extinguished just recently when the reigning lineal title holder, Joe Calzaghe elected to retire.