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
Manuel Charr, Germany (regular champion)
Luis Ortiz, Cuba (interim champion)
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Dmitry Bivol, Russia
Super middleweight
Tyron Zeuge, Germany
Middleweight
Ryota Murata, Japan
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
Alberto Machado, Puerto Rico
Featherweight
Abner Mares, Mexico (regular champion)
Jesus Manuel Rojas, Puerto Rico (interim champion)
Super bantamweight
Daniel Roman, USA (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
Artur Beterbiev, Russia
Super middleweight
Caleb Truax, USA (regular champion)
Andre Dirrell, USA (interim champion)
Middleweight
Gennady Golovkin, Kazakhstan
Junior middleweight
Welterweight
Junior welterweight
Sergey Lipinets, Russia
Lightweight
Junior lightweight
Kenichi Ogawa, Japan
Featherweight
Lee Selby, United Kingdom
Junior featherweight
Ryosuke Iwasa, Japan
Bantamweight
Ryan Burnett, United Kingdom
Junior bantamweight
Jerwin Ancajas, Philippines
Flyweight
Donnie Nietes, Philippines
Junior flyweight
Mini flyweight
Hiroto Kyoguchi, Japan (regular champion)
Milan Melindo, Philippines (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
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
Luis Nery, Mexico
Super flyweight
Wisaksil Wangek , Thailand
Flyweight
Daigo Higa, Japan
Light flyweight
Ken Shiro, Japan
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
Sergey Kovalev, Russia (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
Sadam Ali, USA
Welterweight
Jeff Horn, Australia
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
Jessie Magdaleno, USA (regular champion)
Isaac Dogboe, Ghana (interim champion)
Bantamweight
Zolani Tete, South Africa
Junior bantamweight
Naoya Inoue, Japan
Flyweight
Sho Kimura, Japan
Junior flyweight
Angel Acosta, Puerto Rico
Mini flyweight
Latest Title Bouts

2018-01-20 Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson

Errol Spence beat Lamont Peterson in the eighth round to retain his IBF welterweight world title for the first time before 12,107 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

2018-01-20 Robert Easter Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna

Robert Easter Jr. retained his IBF lightweight title in a very shaky performance against Javier Fortuna and appeared lucky to escape with a split-decision victory in New York, USA.

2018-01-06 Isaac Dogboe vs. Cesar Juarez

In an all-action fight, Isaac Dogboe knocked out Cesar Juarez in the fifth round to win a vacant interim WBO junior featherweight world title in Accra, Ghana, in the first notable boxing match of 2018.

2017-12-31 Sho Kimura vs. Toshiyuki Igarashi

Japan's Sho Kimura made a successful first defense of his WBO flyweight belt by knocking out mandatory challenger and former world titleholder Toshiyuki Igarashi in the ninth round in Tokyo, Japan.

2017-12-31 Ryoichi Taguchi vs. Milan Melindo

Japan's Ryoichi Taguchi won a bloody, hard-fought unanimous decision against the Philippines' Milan Melindo to unify two WBA and IBF junior flyweight belts in the final world title bout of 2017 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

2017-12-31 Hiroto Kyoguchi vs. Carlos Buitrago

Hiroto Kyoguchi defended his IBF strawweight belt for the first time by knocking out Carlos Buitrago of Nicaragua in the eighth round in Tokyo, Japan.

2017-12-30 Naoya Inoue vs. Yoan Boyeaux

Naoya Inoue easily retained his WBO junior bantamweight world title in a third-round demolition of Yoan Boyeaux at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama, Japan.

2017-12-30 Ken Shiro vs. Gilberto Pedroza

Ken Shiro dropped Gilberto Pedroza twice during the fourth round and stopped him to retain his WBC light flyweight title in Yokohama, Japan.
Boxing Headlines
23 Jan 2018 Fury: Joshua fight even easier than Klitschko
Tyson Fury insists a fight with Anthony Joshua would be the easiest fight of his career as the former heavyweight champion eyes a return to the ring after a doping suspension.
23 Jan 2018 Spence ordered to make defense vs. Ocampo
Welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr. has been ordered to fight Carlos Ocampo next.
22 Jan 2018 Spence Jr. eyeing Thurman clash later this year
Errol Spence Jr., who defended his welterweight title Saturday night against Lamont Peterson, has his sights set on a unification showdown with Keith Thurman later this year.
5 Dec 2017 ESPN's division-by-division rankings
What recent changes have been made in ESPN's boxing divisional rankings? Dan Rafael reveals his new world standings and what's next for the fighters.
23 Jan 2018 Berchelt gets new Feb. 10 opponent in Magali
Junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Berchelt of Mexico finally has an opponent for his second defense, with Zanfer Promotions announcing he will fight Carlo Magali of the Philippines on Feb. 10.
23 Jan 2018 Hardy, Julaton to fight in MMA, boxing matches
Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton will fight in boxing and MMA bouts this year.
23 Jan 2018 Selby to defend belt against Warrington May 19
Featherweight world titleholder Lee Selby will defend his belt against mandatory challenger Josh Warrington on May 19. Venue information will be announced next week.
22 Jan 2018 Relaunch of "The Contender" set for next fall
Sixteen fighters will participate in the relaunch of boxing's reality television series "The Contender" when the show airs next fall.
23 Jan 2018 Spence batters Peterson in 8th-round TKO win
Welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr. showed why he's regarded as one of the world's best, outclassing Lamont Peterson throughout their bout Saturday night and forcing the referee to stop the fight before the start of the eighth round.
22 Jan 2018 Murata to defend 160-pound belt on April 15
Ryota Murata will defend his secondary 160-pound belt against Emanuele Felice Blandamura on April 15 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Murata co-promoter Teiken Promotions announced at a news conference on Monday in Tokyo.
20 Jan 2018 Easter beats Fortuna, retains 135-pound belt
Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. needed all 12 rounds -- and a little help from the judges -- to defeat a game Javier Fortuna in a very entertaining fight Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York.
22 Jan 2018 Joshua: I'm training harder now than I was for Klitschko
Anthony Joshua will try and win a third belt when he takes on fellow titleholder Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31 and believes he is already in better shape than he was at this stage of training for his two previous fights.
Source: ESPN
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