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.

Dr. 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.

Current WBA World Champions

Heavyweight
Germany
regular
USA
interim
Cruiserweight
Kazakhstan
regular
France
interim
Light heavyweight
Russia
regular
Canada
interim
Super middleweight
Mexico
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Middleweight
Japan
Super welterweight
USA
regular
France
interim
Welterweight
Philippines
Super lightweight
USA
regular
Dominican Republic
interim
Lightweight
Venezuela
Super featherweight
Featherweight
China
regular
Philippines
interim
Super bantamweight
USA
regular
USA
interim
Bantamweight
Japan
Super flyweight
United Kingdom
Flyweight
Ukraine
regular
Thailand
interim
Light flyweight
Venezuela
regular
Philippines
interim
Minimumweight

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. Among changes proposed by WBC also are the official weigh-in 24 hours prior to each bout and intoduction of new intermediate weight divisions.

Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President
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.

Current WBC World Champions

Heavyweight
USA
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Cruiserweight
Ukraine
Light heavyweight
Super middleweight
Middleweight
Super welterweight
Welterweight
Super lightweight
USA
regular
USA
interim
Lightweight
Ukraine
regular
USA
interim
Super featherweight
Featherweight
USA
regular
Colombia
interim
Super bantamweight
Mexico
regular
Japan
interim
Bantamweight
France
regular
Japan
interim
Super flyweight
Flyweight
United Kingdom
Light flyweight
Japan
Strawweight

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.

Larry Holmes, the first IBF Heavyweight champion
In 1984 USBA-I changed its name to the name it currently operates under, the International Boxing Federation (IBF). 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.

Marian Muhammad, IBF President
Now President of the IBF is American Marian Muhammad, who was elected in 2001. IBF main offices are in New Jersey.

Current IBF World Champions

Heavyweight
USA
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Super middleweight
Middleweight
Kazakhstan
Junior middleweight
Welterweight
Junior welterweight
United Kingdom
Lightweight
Junior lightweight
Featherweight
United Kingdom
Junior featherweight
Bantamweight
Japan
Junior bantamweight
Philippines
Flyweight
South Africa
Junior flyweight
Nicaragua
Mini flyweight
Philippines
regular
Philippines
interim

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.

Francesco Damiani, the first WBO Heavyweight champion
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. 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.

Current WBO World Champions

Heavyweight
USA
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Russia
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Super middleweight
United Kingdom
Middleweight
USA
regular
Georgia
interim
Junior middleweight
Mexico
Welterweight
Junior welterweight
Lightweight
Junior lightweight
USA
regular
Mexico
interim
Featherweight
Mexico
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Junior featherweight
Bantamweight
South Africa
regular
Philippines
interim
Junior bantamweight
Japan
Flyweight
Japan
Junior flyweight
Mexico
Mini flyweight
Puerto Rico

LATEST TITLE FIGHTS

2019-10-12 Josh Warrington vs. Sofiane Takoucht

Josh Warrington, the IBF world featherweight champion, made a successful third defense of his belt with 2nd-round KO of Sofiane Takoucht in front of his home-city supporters at the Leeds First Direct Arena in Leeds, England.

2019-10-12 Dmitry Bivol vs. Lenin Castillo

Dmitry Bivol predictably retained his WBA light heavyweight title in Chicago, USA, winning a near-shutout decision over 12 rounds against overmatched Lenin Castillo.

2019-10-05 Gennady Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Gennady Golovkin won vacant IBF middleweight title with unanimous decision over Sergiy Derevyanchenko before an announced crowd of 12,577 in New York, USA, but he certainly did not look like the destroyer he has long been.

2019-09-28 Mario Barrios vs. Batyr Akhmedov

Mario Barrios knocked down Batyr Akhmedov twice – once apiece in the fourth and 12th rounds – and beat Akhmedov by comfortable margins to claim vacant WBA super lightweight title in Los Angeles, USA.

2019-09-28 Errol Spence Jr vs. Shawn Porter

Errol Spence Jr defeats Shawn Porter to unify IBF and WBC welterweight titles in Los Angeles, USA.

2019-09-28 David Benavidez vs. Anthony Dirrell

David Benavidez stops Anthony Dirrell in the 9th round to regain the WBC super middleweight title in Los Angeles, USA.

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