Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation

The Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) is a professional boxing organization that sanctions title fights in the Asian and Pacific region.

Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation
TypeFederation of national professional boxing commissions
Region served
Asia and Oceania
15 national commissions and 3 regional commissions
Official language
AffiliationsWorld Boxing Council
Formerly called
Oriental Boxing Federation

History edit

Oriental boxing started in the Philippines in 1946 after the Spanish-American War. While America was stationed in the Philippines, boxing began to build up in popularity due to American influence. Many Filipinos who were inspired by boxing, moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to continue their careers.[1]

Yujiro Watanabe of Japan laid important groundwork in developing the sport in Japan and bridging language and cultural barriers with neighboring countries. Watanabe came to America in 1911 to box and returned to Japan in 1921 to form one of the first boxing groups in Asia, known as the Japan Club. This club allowed boxing to gain more popularity in Japan during the post-war years.

The OPBF was later formed in 1954 by the Japanese, Korean, and Filipino boxing commissions. It was originally named the Orient Boxing Federation but changed to the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation when the Australian National Boxing Federation joined in 1977.[2] In 1963, Australia, New Zealand and the Oceania countries were approved for membership. In November 1977, the organization was officially renamed to Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation. The organization headquarters were moved from Australia to Japan in 2018.[3]

The OPBF helped form the World Boxing Council in 1963 and is currently affiliated with that organization.[4]

In January 2009, women's championships were established, across eleven weight classes (from atomweight to welterweight). Initially, women's title fights were contested in ten-round bouts, which was reduced to eight rounds in 2012.[5][6]

On 30 March 2016, the OPBF Silver Championship was established, following a dispute between the Japanese and Philippines boxing commissions on whether an interim title should be established. WBC chairman Mauricio Suleiman suggested naming the title "Silver" to avoid detracting any prestige from the full title. Despite this, the JBC announced a policy of not allowing OPBF Silver matches to be contested in Japan.[7]

In November 2018, the OPBF announced the establishment of domestic OPBF titles, which would certify national champions. The first OPBF national champion was crowned on 9 December 2018, when Dao Nguyen Anh Tuan won the OPBF Vietnam super lightweight title.[8]

Members edit

15 national commissions and 3 regional commissions (Hong Kong, Guam and Hawaii).

Controversies edit

The OPBF ratings have been criticized numerous times. The ratings released in January 2005 had the undefeated #1 super flyweight Z Gorres passed up by three fighters, including a previously-unranked Prosper Matsuura jumping to #3, after an impressive win. Additionally, the undefeated Reynaldo Bautista dropped from #4 to #5 after a defense of his WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title. The previously-unranked Japanese fighter Jun Toriumi catapulted to the #1 spot and won the title soon after.[9]

The following year, a new batch of ratings drew further criticism. WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight champion Czar Amonsot, who was previously ranked #3, dropped out of the top 10 after knocking out Victor Mausul for the title and defeating Cristian Favela. Unranked Jimrex Jaca was moved to #1. Apart from this, former OPBF super featherweight champion Randy Suico had relinquished his title to move up to lightweight, and was immediately ranked at #1 in his new weight class in the new rankings. The previous #1, Shunsuke Ito, had just won the Japanese lightweight title by stopping his opponent in the second round and was in line for a OPBF title shot against reigning champion Chikashi Inada.[10]

In September 2017, undefeated Filipino prospect Edward Heno won the vacant OPBF light flyweight title on his second attempt. However, he was stripped of the belt and dropped to number four in the rankings after he was unable to defend it at that year's OPBF convention in Puerto Princesa in November, even though the winner of a vacant belt normally gets 90 days to defend it.[11]

Current OPBF title holders edit

Male edit

Weight class: Champion: Reign began:
Minimumweight   Vacant
Light-flyweight   Miel Fajardo 15 August 2023
Flyweight   Taku Kuwahara 25 October 2022
Super-flyweight   Kevin Jake Cataraja 11 February 2023
Bantamweight   Froilan Saludar 12 October 2023
Super-bantamweight   Vacant
Featherweight   Hayato Tsutsumi 31 May 2023
Super-featherweight   Vacant
Lightweight   Vacant
Super-lightweight   Koki Inoue December 2023
Welterweight   Vacant
Super-welterweight   Takeshi Inoue 5 November 2022
Middleweight   Kazuto Takesako 7 Oct 2023
Super-middleweight   Vacant
Light-heavyweight   Vacant
Cruiserweight   Vacant
Heavyweight   Justis Huni June 15, 2022

Female edit

Weight class: Champion: Reign began:
Atomweight   Eri Matsuda 1 December 2018
Minimumweight   Sana Hazuki 17 November 2019
Light-flyweight   Shione Ogata 14 April 2019
Flyweight   Chaoz Minowa 13 December 2016
Super-flyweight   Terumi Nuki 22 April 2017
Bantamweight vacant
Super-bantamweight vacant
Featherweight   Wakako Fujiwara 23 July 2018
Super-featherweight vacant
Lightweight vacant
Super-lightweight not inaugurated
Welterweight not inaugurated
Super-welterweight not inaugurated
Middleweight not inaugurated
Super-middleweight not inaugurated
Light-heavyweight not inaugurated
Cruiserweight not inaugurated
Heavyweight not inaugurated

Other regional WBC federations edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation | HISTORY". www.opbf.info. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Boxing Bodies: A Brief Chronology and Rundown", International Boxing Digest, 40 (1): 58, January 1998
  3. ^ "【ジョー小泉コラム】Vol.89 フィリピンへの旅支度". wowow.co.jp. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  4. ^ Caluag, Randy (2 August 2017). "Mitra wants to expand membership in OPBF". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  5. ^ "第50回OPBF会議議事録". jbc.or.jp. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  6. ^ "地域タイトル認定団体 東洋太平洋ボクシング連盟(OPBF)". homemate-research-gym.com. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  7. ^ "OPBFがシルバー王座新設、JBCは日本開催認めず". boxingnews.jp. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  8. ^ ""日越ボクシング交流戦、ベトナム人初のOPBFナショナル王者が誕生"". vietnam-football.com. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  9. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (4 January 2005). "OPBF Ratings Under Fire". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  10. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (13 March 2006). "OPBF Ratings Under Question". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  11. ^ Songalia, Ryan (13 October 2017). "Why Filipino boxer Edward Heno was stripped of OPBF belt a month after he won it". Rappler. Retrieved 2 June 2020.

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