International Boxing Organization
|Purpose||Boxing sanctioning organization|
|Headquarters||Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.|
|Board of Directors|
The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a US based corporation that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships.
It is an independent and well-known 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.
It is recognized as a legitimate world championship by the British Boxing Board of Control, the European Boxing Union, BoxRec, and BoxingScene but is unrecognized as such by The Ring magazine.
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 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 employs Boxrec, the independent boxing records keeper and computerized rankings website to produce IBO's rankings. Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title.
The IBO permits only one world champion per weight division. "We have never had more than one champion per weight division nor will we", according to its president Ed Levine.
In addition to world champions, IBO recognizes regional champions, including the Inter-Continental champion. If an IBO Inter-Continental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title.
Notable past IBO champions
- Thomas Hearns, former Cruiserweight champion
- Lennox Lewis, former Heavyweight champion
- James Toney, former Cruiserweight champion
- Wladimir Klitschko, former Heavyweight champion
- Roy Jones Jr., former Light Heavyweight champion
- Marco Antonio Barrera, former Featherweight champion
- Naseem Hamed, former Featherweight champion
- Floyd Mayweather Jr., former Welterweight champion
- Ricky Hatton, former Light Welterweight champion
- Manny Pacquiao, former Light Welterweight champion
- Bernard Hopkins, former Light Heavyweight champion
- Nonito Donaire, former Flyweight champion
- Sergio Martínez, former Super Welterweight champion
- Andy Ruiz Jr., former Heavyweight champion
- Tyson Fury, former Heavyweight champion
- Anthony Joshua, former Heavyweight champion
Current IBO world title holders
As of June 2022
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:||Days|
|Minimumweight||Ayanda Ndulani||May 21, 2021||670|
|Flyweight||Dave Apolinario||July 29, 2022||236|
|Super flyweight||Georges Ory||June 30, 2022||265|
|Featherweight||Jazza Dickens||October 15, 2022||158|
|Super featherweight||Anto Cacace||September 24, 2022||179|
|Lightweight||Maxi Hughes||September 4, 2021||564|
|Super lightweight||Zhankosh Turarov||March 21, 2023||1|
|Welterweight||Daniyar Yeleussinov||December 18, 2021||459|
|Super welterweight||Dennis Hogan||October 8, 2022||270|
|Middleweight||Gennadiy Golovkin||October 05, 2019||1264|
|Super middleweight||Lerrone Richards||December 18, 2021||459|
|Light heavyweight||Padraig McCrory||October 22, 2022||151|
|Cruiserweight||Jack Massey||November 26, 2021||481|
|Heavyweight||Oleksandr Usyk||September 25, 2021||543|
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:||Days|
|Minimumweight||Sarah Bormann||May 21, 2022||305|
|Bantamweight||Melissa Oddessa Parker||June 19, 2021||641|
|Featherweight||Amanda Serrano||March 25, 2021||727|
|Super featherweight||Alycia Baumgardner||November 13, 2021||494|
|Lightweight||Estelle Mossely||June 14, 2019||1377|
|Super lightweight||Kali Reis||August 20, 2021||579|
|Welterweight||Jessica McCaskill||August 15, 2020||949|
|Super welterweight||Hannah Rankin||November 5, 2021||502|
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