International Boxing Federation

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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
Abbreviation IBF
Formation 1983[1]
Type Non-profit institution
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Springfield, New Jersey, USA
Region served
Daryl Peoples
Main organ
General Assembly

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) is one of four major organizations recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).


The IBF was preceded by the United States Boxing Association (USBA), a regional championship 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 World Boxing Council 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.

The organization's reputation was seriously damaged in 1999; 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 2017.

Current IBF world title holders[edit]

As of May 30, 2017.


Weight class: Champion: Reign began: days Record
Mini flyweight  Jose Argumedo (MEX) December 31, 2015 516 19-3-1
Junior flyweight  Milan Melindo (PHI) November 26, 2016 185 35-2
Flyweight  Donnie Nietes (PHI) April 29, 2017 31 40-1-4
Junior bantamweight  Jerwin Ancajas (PHI) September 3, 2016 269 26-1-1
Bantamweight  Lee Haskins (GBR) November 20, 2015 557 34-3
Junior featherweight  Yukinori Oguni (JPN) December 31, 2016 150 19-1-1
Featherweight  Lee Selby (GBR) May 30, 2015 731 23-1
Junior lightweight  Gervonta Davis (USA) January 14, 2017 136 17-0
Lightweight  Robert Easter Jr. (USA) September 9, 2016 263 19-0
Junior welterweight  Julius Indongo (NAM) December 3, 2016 178 21-0
Welterweight  Errol Spence (USA) May 27, 2017 3 22-0
Junior middleweight  Jarrett Hurd (USA) February 25, 2017 94 20-0
Middleweight  Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) October 17, 2015 591 36-0
Super middleweight  James DeGale (GBR) May 23, 2015 738 23-1-1
 Andre Dirrell (USA) (interim Champion) May 20, 2017 10 26-2
Light heavyweight  Andre Ward (USA) November 19, 2016 192 31-0
Cruiserweight  Murat Gassiev (RUS) December 3, 2016 178 24-0
Heavyweight  Anthony Joshua (GBR) April 09, 2016 416 19-0


Weight class: Champion: Date won: Days Record
Junior Mini Flyweight (102 lbs)  Yokasta Valle (CRC) December 16, 2016 165 12-0
Mini Flyweight (105 lbs)  Zong Ju Cai (CHN) January 30, 2017 120 9-1
Junior Flyweight (108 lbs)  Naoko Shibata (JPN) November 14, 2013 1293 16-3-1
Flyweight (112 lbs)  Leonela Yudica (ARG) December 19, 2014 893 11-0-3
Junior Bantamweight (115 lbs)  Debora Dionicius (ARG) November 24, 2012 1648 24-0
Bantamweight (118 lbs)  Carolina Rodriguez (CHI) May 10, 2014 1116
Junior Featherweight (122 lbs)  Marcela Acuña (ARG) December 16, 2016 165 45-6-1
Featherweight (126 lbs)  Jennifer Han (USA) September 9, 2015 629 16-3-1
Junior Lightweight (130 lbs)  Maiva Hamadouche (FRA) November 10, 2016 201 15-1
Lightweight (135 lbs)  Victoria Bustos (ARG) 21 September 2013 1347 16-4
Junior Welterweight (140 lbs)  Ana Laura Esteche (ARG) 4 November 2016 207 12-4-3
Welterweight (147 lbs)  Cecilia Brækhus (NOR) 14 September 2014 989 30-0
Junior Middleweight (154 lbs) Vacant
Middleweight (160 lbs) Uninaugurated
Super Middleweight (168 lbs) Uninaugurated
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) Uninaugurated
Heavyweight (175+ lbs) Uninaugurated

See also[edit]

Transition of IBF titles[edit]


  1. ^ Gerald R. Gems (2014-03-13). "Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science". p. 42. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 

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