International Boxing Federation

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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
Abbreviation IBF
Formation 1983[1]
Type Non-profit institution
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Springfield, New Jersey, USA
Region served
Daryl Peoples
Main organ
General Assembly

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) is one of four major organizations recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).


The IBF was preceded by the United States Boxing Association (USBA), a regional championship 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 World Boxing Council 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.

The organization's reputation was seriously damaged in 1999; 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 2017.

IBF had "1st Annual Convention of IBF Muaythai" in Bangkok, Thailand on 20-21, December 2017[2]. Daryl Peoples, IBF president, attended the convention. The new champions of IBF Muay Thai were born at 3 weight divisions.

IBF Championships (December 20, 2017/Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand)
Weight Round Time Note
Welterweight Thailand Pinklao Bangkoknoivillage def. Thailand Pinngern Sithchefbuntam Decision 5 3:00 Welterweight is 147lbs / 66.7kg .
72nd Anniversary of Rajadamnern Stadium Memorial Event (December 21, 2017/Rajadumnern Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand)
Lightweight Thailand Seksan Aor.Kwanmuang def. Thailand Phanpayak Sitchefboonthum Decision 5 3:00 Lightweight is 135lbs/ 61.2kg.
Junior lightweight Thailand Petchaouthong Aor. Kwanmaung def. Thailand Gaonar PK.Saenchaimuaythai Decision 5 3:00 Junior lightweight is 130lbs /58.9kg.
Petchaouthong retained his Rajadamnern Stadium lightweight title.

Current IBF world title holders[edit]

As of March 20, 2018.

Muay Thai World champions[edit]

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: days Record
Junior lightweight  Petchaouthong Aor. Kwanmaung (THA) December 21, 2017 89 ?
Lightweight  Seksan Aor.Kwanmuang (THA) December 21, 2017 89 ?
Welterweight  Pinklao Bangkoknoivillage (THA) December 20, 2017 90 ?

See also[edit]

Transition of IBF titles[edit]


  1. ^ Gerald R. Gems (2014-03-13). "Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science". p. 42. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ IBF MUAYTHAI convention 2017 at Bangkok, Thailand

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