European Boxing Union

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The European Boxing Union (or EBU) is a pan-European governing body that sanctions championship bouts in professional boxing. The EBU governs the most-prestigious continental title in Europe, the EBU European Championship, in addition to their EBU EU Championship for competitors from within the European Union and the EBU EE Championship for those outside the European Union.


The EBU started life as the (IBU) International Boxing Union in Paris in 1910. The IBU became the EBU in 1946.

During most of the 20th century, and, specially, during that era's first decades, the EBU recognized many world title fights. The European Boxing Union competed against the American based National Boxing Association (NBA), which staged the more widely recognized world title fights.

The European Boxing Union went through a period of economical difficulties during World War II. Because one of the organization's most important rules is that every fighter that fights for an EBU title must be a national and a resident of a European country, and all fights must be held in Europe, it became very hard for the European Boxing Union to stage fights. As a consequence, the European Boxing Union suffered financial difficulties during this period.

In 1963 the WBC was formed when the president of Mexico, Adolfo López Mateos, invited the New York State Athletic Commission, the EBU, the BBBofC, and national sanctioning organizations of dozens of other countries, to form the WBC. The NBA (formed as a rival to the NYSAC) became the WBA in response to NYSAC and all the other major sanctioning bodies (USA-NYSAC, Argentina, England, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil) forming the WBC. The EBU's personnel ultimately decided to recognize regional title bouts instead.

During the 1990s, the EBU had some important developments, such as beginning to recognize women's boxing regional championship bouts, and welcoming former Yugoslavian country Bosnia and Herzegovina as a member country.

Currently, winning an EBU title is considered important, but not necessary, by many European boxers in order to go on and fight for a world title of the four most widely recognized world championship boxing organizations, the IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC. Following the formation of the European Economic Union, the EBU issued subtitles for the Union countries (EBU-EU title) and "External" countries (EBU-EE title), below their main EBU title which would cover all 50 countries on the continent and 3/4 billion residents.


The EBU follows certain rules, but most rules in EBU bouts obey the rules set by the independent boxing commission of the country where an EBU fight will be held at. Some of the EBU rules are that a fighter must not be younger than 20 years of age when fighting for an EBU championship, and that hotel accommodation for boxers, referees and European Boxing Union officials visiting a country for an EBU fight must be paid by the fight's promoter. The EBU does, however, pay for the air or train tickets of referees and officials that travel away from home for an EBU fight. Other rules are also imposed on EBU recognized events, but not many of the EBU rules interfere with the fighting rules to be followed during the fight itself.

The EBU recognizes world titles sanctioned by the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO. A boxer holding a world title is rendered ineligible for EBU, including EU and EE, rankings.[1][2]

A male boxer must have competed in at least eight bouts to be eligible for rankings. For female boxers, it is four bouts. At least five of a boxer's last ten bouts must have taken place in Europe and sanctioned by an EBU affiliate association, two of which in the last 24 months, to be eligible for rankings.[1]

A boxer challenging for a European title from another sanctioning body is disqualified from rankings for nine months. A boxer holding such a title will only be eligible for rankings after twelve months from the time of having relinquished it.[1]

EBU members[edit]

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta provisional member
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Republic of Srpska provisional member
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine



Weight class: Champion: Reign began:
Flyweight France Vincent Legrand April 28, 2018
Bantamweight vacant
Super-bantamweight Spain Abigail Medina December 2, 2016
Featherweight Spain Marc Vidal July 21, 2017
Super-featherweight United Kingdom James Tennyson May 5th, 2018
Lightweight Finland Edis Tatli December 12, 2017
Super-lightweight Sweden Anthony Yigit February 11, 2017
Welterweight Spain Kerman Lejarraga April 28, 2018
Super-welterweight France Zakaria Attou December 22, 2017
Middleweight Poland Kamil Szeremeta February 23, 2018
Super-middleweight Germany Robin Krasniqi June 2, 2018
Light-heavyweight Germany Dominic Boesel March 3, 2018
Cruiserweight Belgium Yves Ngabu June 4, 2017
Heavyweight Germany Agit Kabayel February 4, 2017


Weight class: Champion: Reign began:
Minimumweight vacant
Light-flyweight France Laetitia Arzalier November 28, 2015
Flyweight Italy Simona Galassi January 9, 2007
Super-flyweight Wales Ashley Brace April 14, 2018
Bantamweight vacant
Super-bantamweight Denmark Dina Thorslund March 18, 2017
Featherweight Belgium Djemilla Gontaruk June 13, 2015
Super-featherweight France Angelique Duchemin December 4, 2015
Lightweight Poland Ewa Brodnicka December 19, 2015
Super-lightweight France Farida El Hadrati December 05, 2014
Welterweight Poland Ewa Piątkowska November 27, 2015
Super-welterweight vacant
Middleweight vacant
Super-middleweight vacant
Light-heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight vacant
Heavyweight vacant

Other regional WBC federations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "EBU Ratings Standard". European Boxing Union. 12 June 2011. 
  2. ^ See ineligible section on division rankings:
    "EBU Ratings". 
    "EU Ratings". 
    "EE Ratings". 

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