International Boxing Federation

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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
Abbreviation IBF
Formation 1983
Type Non-profit Institution
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Springfield, New Jersey, USA
Region served

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


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 Tyson Fury.

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 2014.

Current IBF world title holders[edit]


Weight class: Champion: Reign began:
Mini flyweight Japan Katsunari Takayama December 31, 2014
Junior flyweight Mexico Javier Mendoza September 20, 2014
Flyweight Thailand Amnat Ruenroeng January 22, 2014
Junior bantamweight Puerto Rico McJoe Arroyo July 18, 2015
Bantamweight United Kingdom Lee Haskins November 20, 2015
Junior featherweight United Kingdom Carl Frampton September 6, 2014
Featherweight United Kingdom Lee Selby May 30, 2015
Junior lightweight Puerto Rico José Pedraza June 13, 2015
Lightweight Vacant
Junior welterweight Russia Eduard Troyanovsky November 4, 2015
Welterweight United Kingdom Kell Brook August 16, 2014
Junior middleweight United States Jermall Charlo September 12, 2015
Middleweight Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin October 17, 2015
Super middleweight United Kingdom James DeGale May 23, 2015
Light heavyweight Russia Sergey Kovalev November 8, 2014
Cruiserweight Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez September 19, 2015
Heavyweight United Kingdom Tyson Fury November 28, 2015


Weight class: Champion: Date won:
Mini flyweight (105 lbs) Mexico Nancy Franco 21 Feb 2015
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) Norway Cecilia Brækhus 14 September 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]


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