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International Boxing Organization

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International Boxing Organization
Formation1988; 36 years ago (1988)
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersCoral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Region served
Ed Levine
Main organ
Board of Directors

The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a US based corporation that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships.[1]

It is an independent organization not recognized by the "big four" governing bodies (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO), who only recognize each other in their rankings and title unification rules. Despite this, as of 2023, the IBO title is unified with three of the four, including the WBA, IBF, and WBO, in several weight divisions.


The IBO was founded in 1988 and incorporated in Illinois in 1992 by John W. Daddono. The organization was later moved to Florida in 1997 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 at that time.

The organization implemented 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 employs Boxrec, the independent boxing records keeper and computerized rankings website to produce IBO's rankings.[2]

The IBO permits only one world champion per weight division.[3] "We have never had more than one champion per weight division nor will we", according to its president Ed Levine.[4]

In addition to world champions, IBO recognizes regional champions, including the Inter-Continental champion.[3] If an IBO Inter-Continental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title.[5]

Notable past IBO champions[edit]

Current IBO world title holders[edit]

As of March 16, 2024


Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Minimumweight vacant
Light flyweight vacant
Flyweight Jackson Chauke January 27, 2024 138
Super flyweight Ricardo Malajika September 2, 2023 284
Bantamweight vacant
Super bantamweight Liam Davies March 16, 2024 88
Featherweight Hector Andres Sosa July 22, 2023 326
Super featherweight Anthony Cacace September 24, 2022 627
Lightweight vacant
Super lightweight Zhankosh Turarov March 21, 2023 449
Welterweight vacant
Super welterweight vacant
Middleweight vacant
Super middleweight Osleys Iglesias December 09, 2022 551
Light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol December 23, 2023 172
Cruiserweight Yves Ngabu September 09, 2023 277
Heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk September 25, 2021 991


Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Minimumweight Sarah Bormann May 21, 2022 753
Light flyweight Nina Radovanović 23 March, 2024 81
Flyweight Marie Connan 27 April, 2024 46
Super flyweight vacant
Bantamweight Amanda Galle December 10, 2023 185
Super bantamweight Mea Motu April 27, 2023 412
Featherweight Amanda Serrano March 25, 2021 1175
Super featherweight Alycia Baumgardner November 13, 2021 942
Lightweight Caroline Dubois September 30, 2023 256
Super lightweight Katie Taylor May 20, 2023 389
Welterweight Lauren Price May 11, 2024 32
Super welterweight Femke Hermans December 12, 2022 544
Middleweight vacant
Super middleweight vacant
Light heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight vacant
Heavyweight vacant

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official website - International Boxing Organization". iboboxing.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  2. ^ "IBO Top 100 - Computerized Rankings - International Boxing Organization". Saddoboxing. Archived from the original on 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  3. ^ a b "Ibo Rules & Regulations". Archived from the original on 2021-10-20. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  4. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 16 August 2016". OnTheRopesBoxing.com. August 16, 2016. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 15 May 2014". OnTheRopesBoxing.com. May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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