WBA
World Boxing Association The first of four major professional boxing organizations - World Boxing Association (WBA) was born in Rhode Island, in 1921, as the National Boxing Association (NBA) and the first boxing title fight recognized by the new Association being the Heavyweight bout between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier on July 2, 1921. Jack Dempsey, the first WBA Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey beat his rival by knockout in 4th round and became the first WBA boxing champion. The NBA was founded to counter the influence of the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), that was established one year early. Both organizations crowned different boxing world champions in the same division, leading to discussion about who was the true world champion. Gilberto Mendoza, WBA President In 1962 organization, with the growth of boxing's popularity world-wide, changed its name to the World Boxing Association. Dr. Gilberto Mendoza from Venezuela has been the President of the WBA since 1982. Now WBA Central office is in Panama.

All time WBA Boxing Champions

Current WBA World Champions
Heavyweight
vacant (regular champion)
Luis Ortiz, Cuba (interim champion)
Cruiserweight
Beibut Shumenov, Kazakhstan (regular champion)
Yunier Dorticos, Cuba (interim champion)
Light heavyweight
Nathan Cleverly, United Kingdom (regular champion)
Dmitry Bivol, Russia (interim champion)
Super middleweight
Tyron Zeuge, Germany
Middleweight
Daniel Jacobs, USA (regular champion)
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, France (interim champion)
Super welterweight
Erislandy Lara, Cuba (regular champion)
Brian Carlos Castano, Argentina (interim champion)
Welterweight
Super lightweight
Ricky Burns, United Kingdom (regular champion)
Jose Benavidez, USA (interim champion)
Lightweight
Jorge Linares, Venezuela
Super featherweight
Jason Sosa, USA (regular champion)
Jezreel Corrales, Panama (interim champion)
Featherweight
Abner Mares, Mexico (regular champion)
Carlos Zambrano, Peru (interim champion)
Super bantamweight
Nehomar Cermeno, Venezuela (regular champion)
Moises Flores, Mexico (interim champion)
Bantamweight
Jamie McDonnell, United Kingdom (regular champion)
Zhanat Zhakiyanov, Kazakhstan (interim champion)
Super flyweight
Khalid Yafai, United Kingdom
Flyweight
Kazuto Ioka, Japan (regular champion)
Stamp Kiatniwat, Thailand (interim champion)
Light flyweight
Ryoichi Taguchi, Japan (regular champion)
Randy Petalcorin, Philippines (interim champion)
Minimumweight

IBF
International Boxing Federation In April, 1983, the members of the United States Boxing Association (USBA) decided regional status of the organization extended to international. New boxing organization got name United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I) and Robert W. Lee, Sr., president of the USBA, who lost in his bid to become WBA president against Gilberto Mendoza in 1982, led the USBA-I. In 1984 USBA-I changed its name to the name it currently operates under, the International Boxing Federation (IBF). Larry Holmes, the first IBF Heavyweight champion The first sanctioned title fight for the new IBF was Cruiserweight bout between Marvin Camel and Roddy MacDonald on December, 1983 and Marvin Camel became the first IBF World Champion. Marian Muhammad, IBF President In same year the IBF recognized heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes as champion after he relinquished the WBC title. Now President of the IBF is American Marian Muhammad, who was elected in 2001. IBF main offices are in New Jersey.

All time IBF Boxing Champions

Current IBF World Champions
Heavyweight
Anthony Joshua, United Kingdom
Cruiserweight
Murat Gassiev, Russia
Light heavyweight
Andre Ward, USA
Super middleweight
James DeGale, United Kingdom
Middleweight
Gennady Golovkin, Kazakhstan
Junior middleweight
Welterweight
Kell Brook, United Kingdom
Junior welterweight
Julius Indongo, Namibia
Lightweight
Junior lightweight
Featherweight
Lee Selby, United Kingdom
Junior featherweight
Bantamweight
Lee Haskins, United Kingdom
Junior bantamweight
Jerwin Ancajas, Philippines
Flyweight
John Riel Casimero, Philippines
Junior flyweight
Mini flyweight
Jose Argumedo, Philippines (regular champion)
Milan Melindo, (interim champion)
WBC
World Boxing Council On February 14, 1963 at the meeting of representatives of 11 countries: USA, Argentina, Brazil,Chile, France, Great Britain, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines and Venezuela in Mexico City was created the first really international boxing organization - World Boxing Council (WBC). New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), rival of the WBA in world boxing, supported new organization and was adopted into WBC in 1970. Sonny Liston, the first WBC Heavyweight champion On July, 1963, in Chicago, Sonny Liston beat Floyd Patterson by knockout in the 1st round. It was the first sanctioned Heavyweight title fight for the new boxing organization. In 1983, for boxers' safety, WBC decided to reduce the distance of world championship fights from 15 rounds to 12 and other boxing organizations soon followed. Jose Sulaiman, WBC President Among changes proposed by WBC also are the official weigh-in 24 hours prior to each bout and intoduction of new intermediate weight divisions. In 1975 Jose Sulaiman, a Mexican boxing official of Lebanese-descent, was elected President of the WBC. In 2014, after the death of Jose Sulaiman, his son Mauricio Sulaiman was elected President of the WBC.

All time WBC Boxing Champions

Current WBC World Champions
Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Tony Bellew, United Kingdom
Light heavyweight
Super middleweight
Badou Jack, Sweden
Middleweight
Gennady Golovkin, Kazakhstan
Super welterweight
Welterweight
Super lightweight
Lightweight
Super featherweight
Miguel Berchelt, Mexico
Featherweight
Gary Russell Jr, USA (regular champion)
Oscar Escandon, Colombia (interim champion)
Super bantamweight
Rey Vargas, Mexico
Bantamweight
Super flyweight
Roman Gonzalez, Nicaragua
Flyweight
Roman Gonzalez, Nicaragua
Light flyweight
Ganigan Lopez, Mexico
Strawweight
Chayaphon Moonsri, Thailand

WBO
World Boxing Organization The World Boxing Organization (WBO), last of four major professional boxing organizations, that currently recognizing professional boxing world champions. It was formed in 1988 after scandal at WBA annual meeting in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, when group of Puerto Rican and Dominican businessmen complained existing WBA's questionable rules and ratings systems. The first championship bout was for vacant super middleweight title between Thomas Hearns and James Kinchen. Hearns won and became the first WBO world champion. Francesco Damiani, the first WBO Heavyweight champion The first holder of WBO heavyweight title became Francesco Damiani, although WBA, WBC and IBF recognized Mike Tyson as the heavyweight champion at the time. Francisco Valcarcel, WBO President In 1996 the new WBO President became Puerto Rican lawyer Francisco Valcarcel that soon sign deals with the WBA and IBF to hold unification fights between WBO and other boxing organizations. Due a long personal feud between Francisco Valcarcel and WBC President Jose Sulaiman, the WBC was the last organization, which wrote unification bouts convention. The Central office of the WBO is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

All time WBO Boxing Champions

Current WBO World Champions
Heavyweight
Joseph Parker, New Zealand
Cruiserweight
Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine
Light heavyweight
Andre Ward, USA (regular champion)
Ola Afolabi, United Kingdom (interim champion)
Super middleweight
Middleweight
Billy Joe Saunders, United Kingdom
Junior middleweight
Saul Alvarez, Mexico
Welterweight
Manny Pacquiao, Philippines
Junior welterweight
Lightweight
Terry Flanagan, United Kingdom
Junior lightweight
Vasyl Lomachenko, Ukraine (regular champion)
Miguel Berchelt, Mexico (interim champion)
Featherweight
Oscar Valdez, Mexico
Junior featherweight
Bantamweight
Marlon Tapales, Philippines (regular champion)
Alejandro Hernandez, Mexico (interim champion)
Junior bantamweight
Naoya Inoue, Japan
Flyweight
Zou Shiming, China
Junior flyweight
Kosei Tanaka, Japan
Mini flyweight
Latest Title Bouts

2017-02-25 Jarrett Hurd vs. Tony Harrison

Jarrett Hurd scored a controversial 9th round knockout over #2 IBF Tony Harrison to capture the vacant IBF junior middleweight title on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

2017-02-25 Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington

Deontay Wilder returned from right arm injuries to stop Gerald Washington in the fifth round and retain his WBC heavyweight title in Birmingham, Alabama, USA

2017-02-25 Rey Vargas vs. Gavin McDonnell

Unbeaten #1 WBC Rey Vargas beat Gavin McDonnell via 12 round majority decision to win the vacant WBC super bantamweight title at the Ice Arena in Hull, UK.

2017-02-23 Dmitry Bivol vs. Robert Berridge

WBA interim light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol retained his belt with a fourth round TKO over Robert Berridge in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.

2017-02-18 Lamont Peterson vs. David Avanesyan

Lamont Peterson won a twelve round unanimous decision over David Avanesyan to capture WBA welterweight title in Cincinnati, USA.

2017-02-10 Robert Easter vs. Luis Cruz

Robert Easter scored three late knockdowns and rolled to a unanimous decision against Luis Cruz to retain his IBF lightweight world title for the first time in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card at the Huntington Center in Toledo, USA.
Boxing Headlines
28 Feb 2017 Leonard returns to announcing for Thurman-Garcia bout (The Associated Press)
Ray Leonard is so excited by the Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia welterweight unification bout that he'll not only be in the Barclays Center, he'll be sitting ringside announcing the fight. Leonard, of course, knows all about big-time championship bouts, particularly this weight class. In 1981, Leonard and Thomas Hearns faced off for the same WBA and WBC belts on the line Saturday.
27 Feb 2017 Haye, Bellew trade verbal blows before heavyweight boxing clash (Reuters)
(Reuters) - Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and Saturday's opponent Tony Bellew traded verbal insults but thankfully no punches as they warmed up for their much-hyped contest. Haye, 36, has fought twice since returning from a three-year absence while WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew, from Liverpool, has moved up two weights to take on the Londoner. "Deep in all of your tiny minds you know this guy is getting drilled to the canvas pretty fast," a rattled Haye said as the crowd heckled and drowned him out with chants.
27 Feb 2017 Boxing-Haye, Bellew trade verbal blows before heavyweight clash (Reuters)
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and Saturday's opponent Tony Bellew traded verbal insults but thankfully no punches as they warmed up for their much-hyped contest. Haye, 36, has fought twice since returning from a three-year absence while WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew, from Liverpool, has moved up two weights to take on the Londoner. "Deep in all of your tiny minds you know this guy is getting drilled to the canvas pretty fast," a rattled Haye said as the crowd heckled and drowned him out with chants.
26 Feb 2017 WBC heavyweight champ Wilder wins again, and now he waits (The Associated Press)
Deontay Wilder has taken the first step toward claiming another heavyweight title belt by year's end. Wilder stopped challenger Gerald Washington in the fifth round Saturday night at Legacy Arena in his return from surgeries to repair a broken right hand and torn right biceps. Patience worked out well for Wilder in the ring.
26 Feb 2017 Pacquiao, Khan announce they will fight on April 23 (The Associated Press)
WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan say they have agreed to terms for a fight on April 23. Pacquiao, who came out of retirement to win the WBO belt by beating Jesse Vargas in November, says on his Twitter account that he is fighting Khan because ''this is what the fans wanted.'' Pacquiao's followers on Twitter recently voted for Khan to be the 38-year-old Filipino's next opponent, ahead of Jeff Horn of Australia, Terence Crawford of the United States or Kell Brook of Britain.
26 Feb 2017 Pacquiao to fight Britain's Khan in 'super fight' (Reuters)
(Reuters) - Multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Britain's Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan on April 23, both boxers said on Sunday. The 38-year-old Pacquiao had said four days ago that he and Khan's management were in discussions for the fight, despite an earlier announcement the Filipino's next bout would be against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Pacquiao, however, had said that Horn was one of many possible opponents.
25 Feb 2017 Muhammad Ali's son asked, 'Are you Muslim?' by border agents (The Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday. Ali Jr., 44, who confirmed his Muslim faith, was detained about two hours, despite telling officials that he's Ali's son and a native-born U.S. citizen, said Chris Mancini, a family friend and attorney. Returning from a Black History Month event in Jamaica, Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, were pulled aside and separated from each other on Feb. 7 at the immigration checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said Mancini.
25 Feb 2017 Boxing-Pacquiao to fight Britain's Khan in 'super fight' (Reuters)
Multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Britain's Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan on April 23, both boxers said on Sunday. The 38-year-old Pacquiao had said four days ago that he and Khan's management were in discussions for the fight, despite an earlier announcement the Filipino's next bout would be against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Pacquiao, however, had said that Horn was one of many possible opponents.
25 Feb 2017 Wilder retains WBC title with 5th-round KO of Washington (The Associated Press)
Deontay Wilder proved his surgically repaired right hand is still a devastating force - once he unleashed it. Wilder returned from right arm injuries to stop Gerald Washington in the fifth round and retain his WBC heavyweight title Saturday night in a fight that heated up quickly after a quiet start. Wilder (38-0, 37 knockouts) seemed mostly cautious with his right in the early rounds but staggered Washington (18-1-1) and sent him down with a hard one followed by a left in the fifth at Legacy Arena.
24 Feb 2017 Alvarez stops Bute to become WBC light heavy challenger (The Associated Press)
QUEBEC CITY (AP) -- Eleider Alvarez stopped former champion Lucian Bute with a pair of right-hand shots in the fifth round to win a light heavyweight elimination bout between the two Montreal-based boxers Friday night.
24 Feb 2017 WBC champ Wilder returns against unbeaten Washington (The Associated Press)
Deontay Wilder is trying to emulate Larry Holmes, both in becoming the world's dominant heavyweight champion and in cultivating a pinpoint left jab while sidelined by a right hand injury. Washington is a 34-year-old former Southern California tight end and defensive end. The 31-year-old Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) is making his fifth title defense and fourth in Birmingham, about an hour from his Tuscaloosa hometown.
24 Feb 2017 Tyson Fury's cousin set for shot at world heavyweight title (The Associated Press)
The cousin of Tyson Fury is set to fight for a world heavyweight title. Boxing promoter Frank Warren said on Twitter on Friday that a contract has been signed for Hughie Fury to challenge Joseph Parker for the New Zealander's WBO heavyweight belt. Tyson Fury stunned the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko to take the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in November 2015.
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