International Boxing Organization

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

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

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. 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.

It is recognized as a legitimate world championship by the British Boxing Board of Control, the European Boxing Union,[2] BoxRec,[3] and BoxingScene but is unrecognized as such by The Ring magazine.[4]

History edit

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.[5] Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title.[6]

The IBO permits only one world champion per weight division.[7] "We have never had more than one champion per weight division nor will we", according to its president Ed Levine.[8]

In addition to world champions, IBO recognizes regional champions, including the Inter-Continental champion.[7] If an IBO Inter-Continental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title.[9]

Notable past IBO champions edit

Current IBO world title holders edit

As of March 16, 2024

Male edit

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Minimumweight vacant
Light flyweight vacant
Flyweight Jackson Chauke January 27, 2024 80
Super flyweight vacant
Bantamweight Prince Patel December 19, 2023 118
Super bantamweight Liam Davies March 16, 2024 30
Featherweight Hector Andres Sosa July 22, 2023 268
Super featherweight Anthony Cacace September 24, 2022 569
Lightweight George Kambosos Jr. July 22, 2023 268
Super lightweight Zhankosh Turarov March 21, 2023 391
Welterweight vacant
Super welterweight JJ Metcalf May 20, 2023 331
Middleweight Etinosa Oliha July 01, 2023 289
Super middleweight Osleys Iglesias December 09, 2022 493
Light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol December 23, 2023 114
Cruiserweight Yves Ngabu September 09, 2023 219
Heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk September 25, 2021 933

Female edit

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Minimumweight Sarah Bormann May 21, 2022 695
Light flyweight vacant
Flyweight vacant
Super flyweight Daniela Asenjo June 7, 2022 678
Bantamweight Melissa Oddessa Parker June 19, 2021 1031
Super bantamweight Mea Motu April 27, 2023 354
Featherweight Amanda Serrano March 25, 2021 1117
Super featherweight Alycia Baumgardner November 13, 2021 884
Lightweight Estelle Mossely June 14, 2019 1767
Super lightweight Chantelle Cameron November 05, 2022 969
Welterweight Jessica McCaskill August 15, 2020 1339
Super welterweight Hannah Rankin November 5, 2021 892
Middleweight vacant
Super middleweight vacant
Light heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight vacant
Heavyweight vacant

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Official website - International Boxing Organization". Archived from the original on 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  2. ^ "EBU Ratings". Archived from the original on 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  3. ^ "Boxrec Champions". Archived from the original on 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  4. ^ "The Ring Ratings". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  5. ^ "IBO Top 100 - Computerized Rankings - International Boxing Organization". Saddoboxing. Archived from the original on 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  6. ^ "International Boxing Organization - Boxrec". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  7. ^ a b "Ibo Rules & Regulations". Archived from the original on 2021-10-20. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  8. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 16 August 2016". August 16, 2016. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 15 May 2014". May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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