International Boxing Federation

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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
Abbreviation IBF
Type Non-profit Institution
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Springfield, New Jersey, USA
Region served Worldwide
Website www.ibf-usba-boxing.com

The International Boxing Federation or IBF is one of four major organizations recognized by the IBHOF which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC and WBO.

History[edit]

The IBF is preceded by the United States Boxing Association (USBA), a regional championships organization like the North American Boxing Federation (NABF), North American Boxing Council (NABC) and the North American Boxing Association (NABA). In 1983, at the WBA's annual convention, held in Puerto Rico that year, Bob Lee, president of the USBA, lost in his bid to become WBA president against Gilberto Mendoza. Lee and others withdrew from the convention after the election, and decided to organize a new world-level organization. At first, the new group was named the USBA-International. They decided to base the new organization in New Jersey, where its main offices are still located.

The IBF's first world champion was Marvin Camel, a former WBC world Cruiserweight champion who won the IBF's belt in the same division. During its first year of existence, however, the IBF remained largely obscure. But by 1984, the IBF decided to recognize Larry Holmes, Aaron Pryor, Marvin Hagler and Donald Curry, already established champions from other organizations, as IBF world champions. In Holmes' case, he relinquished his WBC title to accept the IBF's recognition. It established the IBF as the "third" sanctioning body, and a legitimate organization.

Ever since then, the IBF has been the sanctioning body of many important fights and world champions. For example, Félix Trinidad was the IBF's world Welterweight champion from 1993 to 2000, and is one of a long list of world champions who have been recognized by the IBF. The current IBF Heavyweight champion is Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko.

The organization's reputation was seriously damaged in 1999, however, as Lee resigned as the IBF's president upon conviction on racketeering and other violations for taking bribes in exchange for high boxer rankings. Hiawatha Knight then became the first woman president of any of the world's governing boxing bodies. In 2001, Marian Muhammad followed her as president. The organization was under federal observation from Lee's conviction through September 2004. After Marian Muhammad the next IBF president was Daryl J. Peoples, who is still the organization's president as of April 2014.

Current IBF world title holders[edit]

Male[edit]

Weight class: Champion: Reign began:
Mini flyweight Mexico Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. August 9, 2014
Junior flyweight Vacant
Flyweight Thailand Amnat Ruenroeng January 22, 2014
Junior bantamweight South Africa Zolani Tete July 18, 2014
Bantamweight Vacant
Junior featherweight Spain Kiko Martínez August 17, 2013
Featherweight Russia Evgeny Gradovich March 1, 2013
Junior lightweight Cuba Rances Barthelemy July 10, 2014
Lightweight Mexico Miguel Vazquez August 14, 2010
Junior welterweight United States Lamont Peterson December 10, 2011
Welterweight United Kingdom Kell Brook August 16, 2014
Junior middleweight Mexico Carlos Amado Molina September 14, 2013
Middleweight Australia Sam Soliman May 31, 2014
Super middleweight United Kingdom Carl Froch May 26, 2012
Light heavyweight United States Bernard Hopkins March 9, 2013
Cruiserweight Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernandez October 1, 2011
Heavyweight Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006

Female[edit]

Weight class: Champion: Date won:
Mini flyweight (105 lbs) Mexico Victoria Argueta 10 May 2014
Junior flyweight (108 lbs) Japan Naoko Shibata 14 November 2013
Flyweight (112 lbs) Uruguay Gabriela Bouvier 25 October 2013
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs) Argentina Debora Dionicius 24 November 2012
Bantamweight (118 lbs) Chile Carolina Rodríguez 10 May 2014
Junior featherweight (122 lbs) Dominican Republic Katy Wilson-Castillo 24 March 2012
Featherweight (126 lbs) vacant
Junior lightweight (130 lbs) Argentina Claudia Lopez 16 August 2013
Lightweight (135 lbs) Argentina Victoria Bustos 21 September 2013
Junior welterweight (140 lbs) vacant
Welterweight (147 lbs) Croatia Ivana Habazin 22 March 2014
Junior middleweight (154 lbs) Argentina Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo 12 April 2014
Middleweight (160 lbs) vacant
Super middleweight (168 lbs) vacant
Light heavyweight (175 lbs) vacant
Heavyweight (175+ lbs) vacant

See also[edit]

Transition of IBF titles[edit]

Other world organizations[edit]

International Boxing Hall of Fame recognized
Other organizations

References[edit]

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