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The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships.[1]

International Boxing Organization
Logo of IBO.jpg
Formation1988; 31 years ago (1988)
TypeNon-profit institution
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersCoral Gables, Florida, United States
Region served
Ed Levine
Main organ
General Assembly

It is often considered a "minor" world championship as it is not recognized as a major world title by any of the "big four" governing bodies (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO), who all recognize each other in their rankings and title unification rules.

It is recognized as a legitimate world championship by the European Boxing Union[2] and Boxrec[3] but is unrecognized as such by The Ring magazine.[4]



The IBO was founded in 1988 and incorporated in Illinois in 1992 by John W. Daddono. The organization was later moved to Florida in 1996 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 in 1999.

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 uses Boxrec, the independent boxing records keeping and computerized rankings website for IBO's rankings.[5] Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title.[6]

If a fighter tests positive for banned substances after a bout, he is barred from a rematch.[7]

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

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 and current IBO championsEdit

welterweight champion

Current IBO world title holdersEdit

As of August 19, 2019.

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Strawweight   Simphiwe Khonco (RSA) June 11, 2016 1164
Light Flyweight   Tibo Monabesa (INA) July 7, 2019 43
Flyweight vacant
Super Flyweight   Gideon Buthelezi (RSA) December 12, 2015 1340
Bantamweight   Michell Banquez (VEN) July 12, 2019 38
Super Bantamweight   Stephen Fulton (USA) May 11, 2019 100
Featherweight   Tugstsogt Nyambayar (MGL) January 26, 2019 205
Super Featherweight   Shavkat Rakhimov (TJK) September 9, 2017 709
Lightweight vacant
Light Welterweight vacant
Welterweight   Sebastian Formella (GER) July 6, 2019 44
Super Welterweight   Julian Williams  (USA) May 11, 2019 100
Middleweight vacant
Super Middleweight   Chris Eubank Jr. (UK) February 23, 2019 177
Light Heavyweight   Sven Fornling (SWE)
  Igor Mikhalkin (RUS)(Interim champion)
December 14, 2018
July 6, 2019
Cruiserweight   Kevin Lerena (RSA) September 9, 2017 709
Heavyweight   Andy Ruiz Jr. (USA) June 01, 2019 79

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Official website - International Boxing Organization".
  2. ^ "EBU Ratings".
  3. ^ "Boxrec Champions".
  4. ^ "The Ring Ratings".
  5. ^ "IBO Top 100 - Computerized Rankings - International Boxing Organization". Saddoboxing.
  6. ^ "International Boxing Organization - Boxrec".
  7. ^ "Ed Levine "A Man of Conviction"". December 25, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 16 August 2016". August 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 15 May 2014". May 15, 2014.

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