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
Belgium
interim
Light heavyweight
Canada
regular
Gemany
interim
Super middleweight
Mexico
regular
Cuba
interim
Middleweight
Japan
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Super welterweight
USA
regular
France
interim
Welterweight
Cuba
regular
USA
interim
Super lightweight
USA
regular
Dominican Republic
interim
Lightweight
USA
regular
USA
interim
Super featherweight
Venezuela
regular
USA
interim
Featherweight
China
regular
Philippines
interim
Super bantamweight
Bantamweight
Super flyweight
Flyweight
Ukraine
regular
Panama
interim
Light flyweight
Venezuela
regular
Cuba
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
United Kingdom
regular
Russia
interim
Cruiserweight
Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Light heavyweight
Super middleweight
Mexico
Middleweight
Super welterweight
Welterweight
Super lightweight
USA
regular
USA
interim
Lightweight
USA
regular
USA
interim
Super featherweight
Featherweight
USA
regular
Colombia
interim
Super bantamweight
Mexico
regular
Japan
interim
Bantamweight
France
regular
Philippines
interim
Super flyweight
Flyweight
Light flyweight
Japan
Strawweight
Thailand

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

LATEST TITLE FIGHTS

2021-01-02 Felix Alvarado vs. DeeJay Kriel

Nicaragua's Felix Alvarado stopped South Africa's DeeJay Kriel in the 10th round to retain his IBF light flyweight title in Dallas, USA.

2021-01-02 Roger Gutierrez vs. Rene Alvarado

Roger Gutierrez registered the first significant upset of 2021, scoring three knockdowns en route to a 12-round decision over Rene Alvarado to win the WBA super featherweight title in Dallas, USA.

2021-01-02 Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell

Ryan Garcia won the interim WBC lightweight title with a left hook to the body that sent Luke Campbell to his knees. Campbell attempted to get to his feet by the end of the count, but referee Laurence Cole waved the fight off to give Garcia the TKO win.

2020-12-31 Kazuto Ioka vs. Kosei Tanaka

WBO super flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka put a stop to the unblemished professional record of Kosei Tanaka, scoring an eighth-round stoppage win in a thrilling and physical main event at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

2020-12-19 Ilunga Makabu vs. Olanrewaju Durodola

Ilunga Makabu made his first successful defense of his WBC cruiseweight title with a 7th round knockout of Nigeria’s Olanrewaju Durodola in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.

2020-12-19 Reymart Gaballo vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez

Reymart Gaballo earned a split decision victory over Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico to win the interim WBC bantamweight title in Uncasville, USA.

2020-12-19 Saul Alvarez vs. Callum Smith

Saul Alvarez unanimously outpointed previously undefeated Callum Smith to win super WBA and vacant WBC super middleweight titles in San Antonio, USA.

2020-12-18 Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta

Gennadiy Golovkin's technical prowess was on display as he defeated Kamil Szeremeta to defend his IBF middleweight title and set the record for the most title defenses by a middleweight in boxing history.

2020-12-17 Alberto Puello vs. Cristian Rafael Coria

Alberto Puello retained his interim WBA super lightweight title after he knocked out Argentinean veteran Cristian Rafael Coria in the 6th round in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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