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 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  Jose Argumedo (MEX) December 31, 2015
Junior flyweight  Akira Yaegashi (JPN) December 29, 2015
Flyweight  Amnat Ruenroeng (THA) January 22, 2014
Junior bantamweight  McJoe Arroyo (PUR) July 18, 2015
Bantamweight  Lee Haskins (UK) November 20, 2015
Junior featherweight  Carl Frampton (UK) September 6, 2014
Featherweight  Lee Selby (UK) May 30, 2015
Junior lightweight  José Pedraza (PUR) June 13, 2015
Lightweight  Rances Barthelemy (CUB) December 18, 2015
Junior welterweight  Eduard Troyanovsky (RUS) November 4, 2015
Welterweight  Kell Brook (UK) August 16, 2014
Junior middleweight  Jermall Charlo (USA) September 12, 2015
Middleweight  Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) October 17, 2015
Super middleweight  James DeGale (UK) May 23, 2015
Light heavyweight  Sergey Kovalev (RUS) November 8, 2014
Cruiserweight  Victor Emilio Ramírez (ARG) September 19, 2015
Heavyweight  Charles Martin (USA) January 16, 2016


Weight class: Champion: Date won:
Mini flyweight (105 lbs)  Nancy Franco (MEX) 21 Feb 2015
Junior flyweight (108 lbs)  Naoko Shibata (JPN) 14 November 2013
Flyweight (112 lbs)  Gabriela Bouvier (URU) 25 October 2013
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs)  Debora Dionicius (ARG) 24 November 2012
Bantamweight (118 lbs)  Carolina Rodríguez (CHI) 10 May 2014
Junior featherweight (122 lbs)  Katy Wilson-Castillo (DOM) 24 March 2012
Featherweight (126 lbs) vacant
Junior lightweight (130 lbs)  Claudia Lopez (ARG) 16 August 2013
Lightweight (135 lbs)  Victoria Bustos (ARG) 21 September 2013
Junior welterweight (140 lbs) vacant
Welterweight (147 lbs)  Cecilia Brækhus (NOR) 14 September 2014
Junior middleweight (154 lbs)  Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo (ARG) 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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