International Boxing Association (professional body)

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For the organization which runs amateur (Olympic-style) boxing, see International Boxing Association (amateur).

The International Boxing Association (IBA) is a for-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships.


The IBA was founded in the 1990s by Dean Chance, a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

"Stepping Stone"[edit]

While successful since its formation, the IBA's World championship is widely considered to be a "stepping stone" title - one which up and coming boxers win on their way to gaining the opportunity to fight for a more prestigious organization's championship title, but has gained some acclaim by its titles being held by many notable boxers.

Notable Title Holders[edit]

Some notable Champions are:

Men's and Women's Titles[edit]

The IBA became a pioneer among sanctioning organizations in the early 2000s when it began recognizing women's champions at the world level.

Current IBA World Title Holders[edit]

As of May 7, 2016. Updated June 09, 2014 (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.)

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Light flyweight (108 lbs) vacant
Flyweight (112 lbs) vacant
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs)  Bruno Escalante (PHI) 07 December, 2013 1098
Bantamweight (118 lbs) vacant
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) vacant
Middleweight (160 lbs) vacant
Super middleweight (168 lbs) vacant
Light heavyweight (175 lbs)  Bernard Hopkins (USA) 19 April 2014 965
Cruiserweight (190 lbs)  Mairis Briedis (LAT) 22 November 2013 1113
Super-cruiserweight (210 lbs) vacant
Heavyweight (210+ lbs)

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