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
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)
Claudio Marrero, Dominican Republic (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 (regular champion)
Andre Dirrell, USA (interim champion)
Middleweight
Gennady Golovkin, Kazakhstan
Junior middleweight
Welterweight
Junior welterweight
Julius Indongo, Namibia
Lightweight
Junior lightweight
Featherweight
Lee Selby, United Kingdom
Junior featherweight
Bantamweight
Ryan Burnett, United Kingdom
Junior bantamweight
Jerwin Ancajas, Philippines
Flyweight
Donnie Nietes, Philippines
Junior flyweight
Milan Melindo, Philippines
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
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
Daigo Higa, Japan
Light flyweight
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
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
Bantamweight
vacant (regular champion)
Zolani Tete, South Africa (interim champion)
Junior bantamweight
Naoya Inoue, Japan
Flyweight
Sho Kimura, Japan
Junior flyweight
Kosei Tanaka, Japan
Mini flyweight
Katsunari Takayama, Japan (regular champion)
Tatsuya Fukuhara, Japan (interim champion)
Latest Title Bouts

2017-08-05 Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga

Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko retained his WBO junior lightweight title with a seventh-round stoppage of Miguel Marriaga in Los Angeles, USA.

2017-07-28 Sho Kimura vs. Zou Shiming

Sho Kimura knocks out Zou Shiming to win the WBO flyweight title in Shanghai, China. Kimura is now Japan's 11th current world champion.

2017-07-23 Hiroto Kyoguchi vs. Jose Argumedo

In only his eighth professional fight, Hiroto Kyoguchi won his first major title by defeating Jose Argumedo in 12 hard-fought rounds to capture IBF minimumweight title in Tokyo, Japan.

2017-07-23 Ryoichi Taguchi vs. Robert Barrera

Ryoichi Taguchi had a dominant performance at the Ota-City General Gym in Tokyo, Japan, and defeated Robert Barrera by TKO in the ninth-round to retain his WBA light flyweight title for the sixth time.
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Source: world-boxing-news.com
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