International Boxing Organization

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International Boxing Organization
Logo of IBO.jpg
Formation1988; 32 years ago (1988)
TypeNon-profit institution
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersCoral Gables, Florida, United States
Region served
Ed Levine
Main organ
General Assembly

The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships.[1]

It is often considered a "minor" world championship as it is not recognized as a major world title by any of the "big four" governing bodies (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO), who all recognize each other in their rankings and title unification rules.

It is recognized as a legitimate world championship by the European Boxing Union[2] and BoxRec[3] but is unrecognized as such by The Ring magazine.[4]


The IBO was founded in 1988 and incorporated in Illinois in 1992 by John W. Daddono. The organization was later moved to Florida in 1996 and incorporated in Florida at that time. Ed Levine, who continues to serve as the organization's President became a partner and President of the IBO in 1999.

The organization received acclaim by implementing a computerized system 'The Independent World Boxing Rankings' in the late 1990s that removed subjective elements from the ratings in an effort to bring more credibility to the sport. From 2014 the organization now uses Boxrec, the independent boxing records keeping and computerized rankings website for IBO's rankings.[5] Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title.[6]

If a fighter tests positive for banned substances after a bout, he is barred from a rematch.[7]

The IBO permits only one champion per weight division. "We have never had more than one champion per weight division nor will we", according to its president Ed Levine.[8]

If an IBO Inter-Continental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title.[9]

Notable past IBO champions[edit]

Current IBO world title holders[edit]

As of August 7, 2020


Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Minimumweight  Nkosinathi Joyi (RSA) December 16, 2019 344
Light flyweight vacant
Flyweight  Maximino Flores (MEX) August 25, 2019 457
Super flyweight  Gideon Buthelezi (RSA) December 12, 2015 1803
Bantamweight  Michell Banquez (VEN) July 12, 2019 501
Super bantamweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Super featherweight vacant
Lightweight vacant
Super lightweight  Jeremias Nicolas Ponce (ARG) September 14, 2019 437
Welterweight vacant
Super welterweight  Erislandy Lara (US) August 29, 2020 87
Middleweight  Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) October 05, 2019 416
Super middleweight vacant
Light heavyweight  Robin Krasniqi (GER) October 10, 2020 45
Cruiserweight  Kevin Lerena (RSA) September 9, 2017 1172
Heavyweight  Anthony Joshua (GBR) December 07, 2019 353


Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Minimumweight vacant
Light flyweight vacant
Flyweight  Gloria Gallardo (MEX) November 22, 2019 368
Super flyweight vacant
Bantamweight vacant
Super bantamweight vacant
Featherweight  Licia Boudersa (FRA) September 28, 2019 423
Super featherweight  Terri Harper (UK) July 19, 2019 484
Lightweight  Estelle Mossely (FRA) June 14, 2019 529
Super lightweight vacant
Welterweight  Jessica McCaskill (USA) August 15, 2020 101
Super welterweight  Patricia Berghult (SWE) November 27, 2019 363
Middleweight vacant
Super middleweight vacant
Light heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight vacant
Heavyweight vacant

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official website - International Boxing Organization".
  2. ^ "EBU Ratings".
  3. ^ "Boxrec Champions".
  4. ^ "The Ring Ratings".
  5. ^ "IBO Top 100 - Computerized Rankings - International Boxing Organization". Saddoboxing.
  6. ^ "International Boxing Organization - Boxrec".
  7. ^ "Ed Levine "A Man of Conviction"". December 25, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 16 August 2016". August 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 15 May 2014". May 15, 2014.

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