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
Demetrius Andrade, USA (regular champion)
Brian Carlos Castano, Argentina (interim champion)
Welterweight
Super lightweight
Julius Indongo, Namibia (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
Shun Kubo, Japan (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
Mairis Briedis, Latvia
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
Flyweight
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 (regular champion)
Avtandil Khurtsidze, Georgia (interim champion)
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)
Zolani Tete, South Africa (interim champion)
Junior bantamweight
Naoya Inoue, Japan
Flyweight
Zou Shiming, China
Junior flyweight
Kosei Tanaka, Japan
Mini flyweight
Katsunari Takayama, Japan (regular champion)
Tatsuya Fukuhara, Japan (interim champion)
Latest Title Bouts

2017-04-22 Oscar Valdez vs. Miguel Marriaga

Oscar Valdez defended his WBO featherweight title with a tenacious performance, knocking down Colombia's Miguel Marriaga in the 10th round of a unanimous-decision victory in the famed outdoor ring in Carson, USA.

2017-04-22 Jessie Magdaleno vs. Adeilson Dos Santos

Jessie Magdaleno made short work of Adeilson Dos Santos in the first defense of his WBO junior featherweight title, stopping the Brazilian fringe contender in Round 2 in Carson, USA.

2017-04-22 Gilberto Ramirez vs. Max Bursak

After a year long layoff due to an injury to his right hand, Gilberto Ramirez won a one-sided 12 round decision over Max Bursak. It was Ramirez's first world title defense of his WBO super middleweight title.

2017-04-22 Avtandil Khurtsidze vs. Tommy Langford

Avtandil Khurtsidze picked up the WBO interim middleweight title over Tommy Langford from the Leicester Arena, Leicester, United Kingdom.

2017-04-22 Zolani Tete vs. Arthur Villanueva

Former IBF junior bantamweight titleholder Zolani Tete from South Africa won interim WBO bantamweight belt over Filipino boxer Arthur Villanueva in Leicester, United Kingdom.

2017-04-22 Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley

Jermell Charlo knocked out Charles Hatley 32 seconds into the sixth round to retain his WBC super welterweight title in New York, USA.

2017-04-15 Julius Indongo vs. Ricky Burns

Namibia's Julius Indongo captured the WBA super lightweight title and retained his IBF junior bantamweight belt by beating Scottish fighter Ricky Burns on points in just his second professional bout outside his home country.

2017-04-14 Dmitry Bivol vs. Samuel Clarkson

Dmitry Bivol retained his interim WBA light heavyweight world title for the second time as he ran absolute roughshod over Samuel Clarkson in a fourth-round knockout victory in Maryland, USA.

2017-04-09 Shun Kubo vs. Nehomar Cermeno

Undefeated Japanese prospect Shun Kubo got off the deck to stop Nehomar Cermeno after ten rounds of action to capture the WBA super bantamweight world title in Osaka, Japan.

2017-04-08 Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa

Vasyl Lomachenko dominated his WBO junior lightweight title defense before Jason Sosa's own corner stopped the fight after the ninth round, completing a three-fight Ukrainian sweep on Saturday night.

2017-04-08 Oleksandr Usyk vs. Michael Hunter

Oleksandr Usyk retained the WBO cruiserweight title with a pretty one-sided win over Michael Hunter, in a meeting of former Olympians, staying undefeated with an unanimous decision win in Maryland, USA.

2017-04-08 Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams

Liam Smith won a bloody war against Liam Williams after a clumsy headbutt ripped open his rival’s eye forcing him to be pulled out but the interim WBO junior middleweight title left vacant after Smith failed to make the weight before fight.

2017-04-08 Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov

Terry Flanagan retained his WBO lightweight belt and remained unbeaten after defeating Russian challenger Petr Petrov by unanimous decision in Manchester, United Kingdom.

2017-04-01 Mairis Briedis vs. Marco Huck

Mairis Briedis of Latvia defeated Marco Huck by unanimous decision to take the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in Dortmund, Germany.
Boxing Headlines
26 Apr 2017 Joseph Parker to face replacement opponent Razvan Cojanu on May 6
WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker  (22-0, 18 KOs) will face Romanian Razvan Cojanu (14-2, 9 KOs) as a replacement opponent for Hughie Fury on May 6. Mandatory challenger Fury pulled out of the bout with a back injury, so little known Cojanu gets an unlikely world title shot. The fight switches from the 12,000 capacity Spark Arena in Auckland, to the 3,000 capacity Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. Cojanu, who was previously Parker's sparring partner, said: "I'd like to thank Hughie...
23 Apr 2017 Hughie Fury pulls out of world heavyweight title fight with Joseph Parker
Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) has pulled out of his world heavyweight title fight against Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs), scheduled to take place on May 6 at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, with an undisclosed injury. The Briton was scheduled to challenge New Zealander Parker for the WBO title, one of the belts his cousin Tyson Fury vacated. Parker's promotors Duco Events said in a statement: "Duco Events was today notified by the World Boxing Organization that mandatory No 1 challenger...
23 Apr 2017 Valdez, Ramirez and Magdaleno retain titles
Mexico's Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) battled to a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) to retain his WBO featherweight title on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Valdez won by scores of 119-108, 116-111 and 118-109. Valdez nailed the Colombian with power shots in the early rounds, but Marriaga took them well and began to fire back. After he failed to score a KO, Valdez started to box from the outside but the taller Marriaga used his reach...
23 Apr 2017 Porter blasts out Berto in nine
Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) stopped former IBF/WBC champion Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) in the 9th round in a world title eliminator on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Porter's harder shots dominated the action on the way to the TKO victory, which earns him a rematch with WBA/WBC 147lb champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs). Porter was cut over his left eye from an accidental head clash in the second, but later in the round he...
23 Apr 2017 Khurtsidze knocks out Langford to set up Billy Joe Saunders world title bout
Avtandil Khurtsidze (33-2-2, 22 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten Tommy Langford (18-1, 6 KOs) in the fifth round on Saturday night at the Leicester Arena. Khurtsidze captured the vacant WBO interim middleweight belt and will now challenge world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders next. After Khurtsidze landed some hard blows in the opening round, Langford utilised his height and reach advantage by scoring with jabs from distance in the second. Langford was doing a good job of avoiding the...
16 Apr 2017 Indongo batters Burns to unanimous decision
IBF light welterweight champion Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) defeated WBA champion Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision in a unification clash on Saturday night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.  Indongo, little known outside of his homeland  of Namibia before he dethroned Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky by a 40 second first-round knockout in December, was busier, outboxed and hit harder than Burns and won by scores of 120-108, 118-110 and...
09 Apr 2017 Manny Pacquiao to defend against Jeff Horn in Australia
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) will defend his title against unbeaten contender Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. A bout with Horn was initially scrapped because Pacquiao opted for a fight against Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates in April instead, but the Khan deal fell through due to financial reasons. Pacquiao, 38, the only eight-division world champion in boxing history, regained the WBO 147lb title for a third...
09 Apr 2017 Lomachenko outclasses Sosa in nine
WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) outclassed and then stopped Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) at the end of the ninth round on Saturday night at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Lomachenko, one of the best pound for pound fighters in boxing, dominated the entire fight before Sosa’s trainer Raul Rivas asked referee Kenny Chevalier to halt the one-sided bout. Sosa, who vacated his WBA 'regular' title in order to fight Lomachenko, showed his toughness...
09 Apr 2017 Flanagan outpoints Petrov to retain WBO lightweight title
WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) defeated mandatory challenger Petr Petrov (38-5-2, 19 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena. The Manchester man outboxed Petrov in most of the rounds and won by scores of 116-112, 120-108 and 118-110. Flanagan boxed well behind his jab with good movement in the first round but Petrov landed some hard shots in the second. However, the Russian could not sustain any attack as Flanagan landed punches...
04 Apr 2017 Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev rematch set for June 17
IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) will fight previous titleholder Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) in a rematch on June 17 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Ward will defend the world titles he won from Kovalev by a disputed unanimous decision last November. Kovalev scored a second round knockdown but the American battled back to win the closely fought contest 114-113 on all three scorecards. The Russian has exercised his right to an immediate rematch. "You got...
Source: world-boxing-news.com
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