International Boxing Federation

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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
TypeNon-profit Institution
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersSpringfield, New Jersey, USA
Region servedWorldwide
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"IBF" redirects here. For other uses, see IBF (disambiguation).
International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
TypeNon-profit Institution
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersSpringfield, New Jersey, USA
Region servedWorldwide

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.


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. After Marian Muhammad the next IBF president was Daryl J. Peoples, who is still the organization's president as of 2014.

Current IBF world title holders[edit]


Weight class:Champion:Reign began:
Mini flyweightMexico Francisco Rodríguez, Jr.August 9, 2014
Junior flyweightMexico Javier MendozaSeptember 20, 2014
FlyweightThailand Amnat RuenroengJanuary 22, 2014
Junior bantamweightSouth Africa Zolani TeteJuly 18, 2014
Junior featherweightUnited Kingdom Carl FramptonSeptember 6, 2014
FeatherweightRussia Evgeny GradovichMarch 1, 2013
Junior lightweightCuba Rances BarthelemyJuly 10, 2014
LightweightUnited States Mickey BeySeptember 13, 2014
Junior welterweightUnited States Lamont PetersonDecember 10, 2011
WelterweightUnited Kingdom Kell BrookAugust 16, 2014
Junior middleweightUnited States Cornelius BundrageOctober 11, 2014
MiddleweightUnited States Jermain TaylorOctober 8, 2014
Super middleweightUnited Kingdom Carl FrochMay 26, 2012
Light heavyweightUnited States Bernard HopkinsMarch 9, 2013
CruiserweightCuba Yoan Pablo HernándezOctober 1, 2011
HeavyweightUkraine Wladimir KlitschkoApril 22, 2006


Weight class:Champion:Date won:
Mini flyweight (105 lbs)Mexico Victoria Argueta10 May 2014
Junior flyweight (108 lbs)Japan Naoko Shibata14 November 2013
Flyweight (112 lbs)Uruguay Gabriela Bouvier25 October 2013
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs)Argentina Debora Dionicius24 November 2012
Bantamweight (118 lbs)Chile Carolina Rodríguez10 May 2014
Junior featherweight (122 lbs)Dominican Republic Katy Wilson-Castillo24 March 2012
Featherweight (126 lbs)vacant
Junior lightweight (130 lbs)Argentina Claudia Lopez16 August 2013
Lightweight (135 lbs)Argentina Victoria Bustos21 September 2013
Junior welterweight (140 lbs)vacant
Welterweight (147 lbs)Norway Cecilia Brækhus14 September 2014
Junior middleweight (154 lbs)Argentina Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo12 April 2014
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]


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