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
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
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
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

2017-12-09 Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux

In a historic fight between two-time Olympic gold-medal winners, Vasyl Lomachenko did as he pleased against an overmatched and undersized Guillermo Rigondeaux, causing the Cuban fighter to quit with what he said was a left hand injury. Lomachenko retained his WBO junior lightweight world title.

2017-12-09 Kenichi Ogawa vs. Tevin Farmer

Kenichi Ogawa was crowned IBF super featherweight world champion, edging out Tevin Farmer on a controversial split decision in Las Vegas, USA.

2017-12-09 Lee Selby vs. Eduardo Ramirez

Lee Selby made a fourth defence of his IBF world featherweight title by earning unanimous scores over the previously unbeaten Eduardo Ramirez at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford, east London.

2017-12-09 Caleb Truax vs. James DeGale

Caleb Truax stunned James DeGale and the London crowd as he became the new IBF super middleweight champion. Truax was the heavy underdog going into the figh, ranked outside the world’s top 50, but fought to a superb split decision win over DeGale.

2017-12-02 Sadam Ali vs. Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto closed out his 17-year career with a surprising unanimous decision loss to underdog Sadam Ali, who became a new WBO junior middleweight titleholder, at Madison Square Garden, New York.

2017-12-02 Angel Acosta vs. Juan Alejo

Angel Acosta knocked out Juan Alejo with a left to the jaw in the 10th round to claim vacant WBO super flyweight title at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA.

2017-12-02 Rey Vargas vs. Oscar Negrete

The WBC super bantamweight world titleholder Rey Vargas, with a significant height and reach advantage, overcame cuts over both eyes and dominated Oscar Negrete to retain his belt in New York, USA.

2017-11-25 Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy

Sergey Kovalev made a triumphant return to the ring, blowing away an overmatched Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to win a vacant light heavyweight world title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

2017-11-25 Chayaphon Moonsri vs. Tatsuya Fukuhara

Chayaphon Moonsri retained his WBC strawweight title after the win over Tatsuya Fukuhara via an unanimous decision in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

2017-11-25 Manuel Charr vs. Alexander Ustinov

Manuel Charr defeated Alexander Ustinov of Russia by unanimous decision for the vacant WBA heavyweight title in Oberhausen, Germany, and became the first German heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling in the early 1930s.

2017-11-18 Zolani Tete vs. Siboniso Gonya

Zolani Tete defended his WBO bantamweight title, knocking out Siboniso Gonya with a right hook at the beginning of the first round. At 11 seconds, it was the quickest world title fight in history.

2017-11-18 Jerwin Ancajas vs. Jamie Conlan

IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas easily retained his title with a sixth round stoppage of previously undefeated Jamie Conlan in Belfast, United Kingdom.
Boxing Headlines
15 Dec 2017 Ringside Seat: Saunders and Lemieux close out 2017 with eyes on bigger future
In the last major fight of 2017, middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders defends against David Lemieux on Saturday night, with the winner having the inside lane to a shot at the winner of a future Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez rematch.
15 Dec 2017 Jessie Vargas looks for return to form against Aaron Herrera
After a one-sided loss to Manny Pacquiao, Jessie Vargas has been out of the ring for over a year. After changing up his team and representation, Vargas looks to get back on the path to a world title Friday night against Aaron Herrera.
14 Dec 2017 Who should Lomachenko fight next?
Junior lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko dominated Guillermo Rigondeaux last weekend at Madison Square Garden. Who should be the new No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter's next opponent?
13 Dec 2017 Boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Lomachenko takes top spot
After only 11 pro fights, including a dominant performance against Guillermo Rigondeaux, junior lightweight world titleholder Vasiliy Lomachenko climbed all the way to the top of the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings.
15 Dec 2017 Morales wins after fight stopped due to cut
An accidental head-butt cut Carlos Morales on the right eyelid in the fourth round of his bout Thursday night against Dardan Zenunaj, leading the fight to be stopped after the fifth and giving Morales a unanimous technical decision victory.
15 Dec 2017 Tete makes second title defense vs. Narvaez
Zolani Tete will make his second defense of his bantamweight title in February against mandatory challenger Omar Narvaez, promoter Frank Warren said Friday. The fight will take place at the Copper Box Arena in London.
14 Dec 2017 Floyd-Conor: 4.3M domestic PPV buys, $600M
The August fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor generated 4.3 million domestic pay-per-view buys and more than $600 million in revenue, Showtime said Thursday, ranking it second behind Mayweather's 2015 win over Manny Pacquiao.
14 Dec 2017 Garcia to vie for belt in a fourth weight division
Mikey Garcia will challenge Sergey Lipinets for his junior welterweight world title on Feb. 10 in an attempt to win a belt in a fourth weight division.
14 Dec 2017 Crawford: Not impressed by Horn's win, 'game'
Terence Crawford, a leading 2017 fighter of the year candidate, said there were "a lot of holes" in Jeff Horn's technique in the Australian's win on Wednesday over Gary Corcoran. Crawford and Horn are likely to fight each other in April.
14 Dec 2017 Salido decides to unretire after just 4 days
After getting knocked out by Miguel Roman on Saturday, Orlando Salido stood in the ring at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and announced his retirement. On Wednesday, he had a change of heart, ending his retirement after four days.
13 Dec 2017 Mayweather: I could make $1b in UFC fight deal
Floyd Mayweather has insisted that if he returned from retirement he could make a billion dollars in a three or four fight deal in the UFC.
15 Dec 2017 Chat: Dan Rafael talks boxing, noon ET
Senior writer Dan Rafael answers your questions about the sweet science, including this weekend's fights and much more.
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