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International Boxing Organization

The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships.[1] IBO-sanctioned titles are often considered "minor" world championships.[2][3]

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



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

If a fighter tests positive for banned substances after a bout, he is barred from a rematch.[6]

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.[7]

If an IBO Inter-Continental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title.[8]

Notable past and current IBO championsEdit

Current IBO world title holdersEdit

As of February 24, 2019.

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Strawweight   Simphiwe Khonco (RSA) June 11, 2016 988
Super Flyweight vacant
Flyweight vacant
Super Flyweight   Gideon Buthelezi (RSA) December 12, 2015 1164
Bantamweight   Michael Dasmarinas (PHI) April 20, 2018 310
Super Bantamweight   Paulus Ambunda (NAM) September 29, 2018 148
Featherweight   Tugstsogt Nyambayar (MGL) January 26, 2019 29
Super Featherweight   Shavkat Rakhimov (TJK) September 9, 2017 533
Lightweight vacant
Light Welterweight   Mohamed Mimoune (FRA) January 20, 2018 400
Welterweight   Thulani Mbenge (RSA) June 23, 2018 246
Super Welterweight   Jarrett Hurd (USA) April 7, 2018 323
Middleweight vacant
Super Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr.
Light Heavyweight   Sven Fornling (SWE) December 14, 2018
Cruiserweight   Kevin Lerena (RSA) September 9, 2017 533
Heavyweight   Anthony Joshua (GBR) April 29, 2017 666

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Official website - International Boxing Organization".
  2. ^ "A guide to boxing's 'legitimate' world titles and which ones should fans actually take seriously?". 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ "The Truth About Titles - Understanding Boxing Belt Madness -". 4 June 2017.
  4. ^ "IBO Top 100 - Computerized Rankings - International Boxing Organization". Saddoboxing.
  5. ^ "International Boxing Organization - Boxrec".
  6. ^ "Ed Levine "A Man of Conviction"". December 25, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 16 August 2016". August 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ed Levine Interview 15 May 2014". May 15, 2014.

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