International Boxing Federation

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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
AbbreviationIBF
TypeNon-profit Institution
Purpose/focusBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersSpringfield, New Jersey, USA
Region servedWorldwide
Websitewww.ibf-usba-boxing.com
 
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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
AbbreviationIBF
TypeNon-profit Institution
Purpose/focusBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersSpringfield, New Jersey, USA
Region servedWorldwide
Websitewww.ibf-usba-boxing.com

The International Boxing Federation or IBF is one of four major organizations recognized by the IBHOF which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC and WBO.

History[edit]

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 current IBF Heavyweight champion is Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko.

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, though remaining recognized as one of boxing's "big four" sanctioning organizations.

Current IBF world title holders[edit]

Male[edit]

Weight class:Champion:Reign began:
MinimumweightJapan Katsunari TakayamaMarch 30, 2013
Junior FlyweightPhilippines John Riel CasimeroJuly 19, 2012
FlyweightSouth Africa Moruti MthalaneNovember 20, 2009
Super FlyweightJapan Daiki KamedaSeptember 3, 2013
BantamweightVacant
Super BantamweightSpain Kiko MartínezAugust 17, 2013
FeatherweightRussia Evgeny GradovichMarch 1, 2013
Junior LightweightDominican Republic Argenis MendezMarch 9, 2013
LightweightMexico Miguel VazquezAugust 14, 2010
Junior WelterweightUnited States Lamont PetersonDecember 10, 2011
WelterweightUnited States Devon AlexanderOctober 20, 2012
Junior middleweightMexico Carlos Amado MolinaSeptember 14, 2013
MiddleweightUnited Kingdom Darren BarkerAugust 17, 2013
Super MiddleweightUnited Kingdom Carl FrochMay 26, 2012
Light HeavyweightUnited States Bernard HopkinsMarch 9, 2013
CruiserweightCuba Yoan Pablo HernandezOctober 1, 2011
HeavyweightUkraine Wladimir KlitschkoApril 22, 2006

Female[edit]

Weight class:Champion:Date won:
Strawweight (105 lbs)VACANT
Junior flyweight (108 lbs)VACANT
Flyweight (112 lbs)United States Ava Knight31 March 2012
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs)Argentina Debora Dionicius
Bantamweight (118 lbs)Mexico Yazmin Rivas15 October 2011
Junior featherweight (122 lbs)Dominican Republic Katy Wilson-Castillo24 March 2012
Featherweight (126 lbs)Dominican Republic Dahianna Santana20 November 2011
Junior lightweight (130 lbs)Argentina Claudia Lopez
Lightweight (135 lbs)Belgium Delfine Persoon21 September 2012
Junior welterweight (140 lbs)VACANT
Welterweight (147 lbs)VACANT
Junior middleweight (154 lbs)VACANT
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]

Other world organizations[edit]

International Boxing Hall of Fame recognized
Other organizations

References[edit]

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