International Boxing Association (professional)
Official logo of the International Boxing Association (IBA)
|Purpose||Boxing sanctioning organization|
The International Boxing Association (IBA) is an organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and inter-continental championships.
The IBA's world championship is widely considered to be a "stepping stone" title, one which boxers win on their way to fight for a more prestigious world title. It has gained acclaim with its titles having been held by a number of notable boxers.
Notable IBA champions
Some notable IBA champions include:
- Eric Esch - Former Super Heavyweight Champion, more commonly known as Butterbean
- Oscar De La Hoya - Former Welterweight and Light Middleweight Champion
- Alejandro Martín González - Former Lightweight Champion
- Roy Jones Jr. - Former Light Heavyweight Champion
- James Toney - Former two time Heavyweight Champion and former Super Cruiserweight Champion
- George Foreman - Former Heavyweight Champion
- Mikkel Kessler - Former Super Middleweight Champion
- Glen Johnson - Former Light Heavyweight Champion
- Joel Casamayor - Former Super Featherweight Champion
- Erik Morales - Former Super Featherweight Champion
- Arturo Gatti - Former Welterweight Champion
- Diego Corrales - Former Super Featherweight Champion
- Shane Mosley - Former Welterweight Champion
- Antonio Tarver - Former Light Heavyweight Champion
- José Luis Castillo - Former Super Featherweight Champion
- Orlando Canizales - Former Featherweight Champion
- Fernando Vargas - Former Junior Middleweight Champion
- Robert Daniels - Former Cruiserwight Champion
- Orlando Cruz - Former Featherweight Champion
Men's and Women's titles
The IBA became a pioneer among sanctioning organizations in the early 2000s when it began recognizing women's champions at the world level.
Current world champions
As of May 21, 2019:
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:||Days|
|Light flyweight (108 lbs)||vacant|
|Flyweight (112 lbs)||Nico Hernandez (USA)||19 May 2018||367|
|Junior bantamweight (115 lbs)||vacant|
|Bantamweight (118 lbs)||Otto “El Tractor” Gamez 🇻🇪||27 Nov 2018|
|Junior featherweight (122 lbs)||vacant|
|Featherweight (126 lbs)||vacant|
|Junior lightweight (130 lbs)||vacant|
|Lightweight (135 lbs)||vacant|
|Junior welterweight (140 lbs)||vacant|
|Welterweight (147 lbs)||vacant|
|Junior middleweight (154 lbs)||Mark Deluca (USA)||20 October 2018||213|
|Middleweight (160 lbs)||vacant|
|Super middleweight (168 lbs)||vacant|
|Light heavyweight (175 lbs)||Eleider Álvarez (COL)||4 August 2018||290|
|Cruiserweight (190 lbs)||vacant|
|Super cruiserweight (210 lbs)||vacant|
|Heavyweight (210+ lbs)||Vacant|
Fighters losing 2 straight bouts, losing against another title holder from any sanctioning body and fighters not having defended their belt within 18 months are excluded.
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