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
Nicaragua
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
vacant
Middleweight
Super welterweight
Welterweight
Super lightweight
USA
regular
USA
interim
Lightweight
Super featherweight
Featherweight
USA
regular
Colombia
interim
Super bantamweight
Mexico
regular
Japan
interim
Bantamweight
Super flyweight
Flyweight
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
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
Japan
Junior flyweight
Mexico
Mini flyweight
Puerto Rico

LATEST TITLE FIGHTS

2020-10-17 Teofimo Lopez vs. Vasyl Lomachenko

At just 23 years old, Teofimo Lopez became the undisputed lightweight champion of the world by dethroning Vasiliy Lomachenko over 12 tense rounds inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, USA. Lopez becomes the youngest fighter to become a four-belt champion (IBF, super WBA, WBO and The Ring) since the WBO was founded in 1988.

2020-10-10 Robin Krasniqi vs. Dominic Boesel

Robin Krasniqi, a 33-year-old who had fallen short in almost all of his biggest fights, scored a significant upset by stopping Dominic Boesel in the third round to win an interim WBA light heavyweight title in Magdeburg, Germany.

2020-10-09 Emanuel Navarrete vs. Ruben Villa

Emanuel Navarrete defeated Ruben Villa by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, USA.

2020-09-26 Mairis Briedis vs. Yuniel Dorticos

Mairis Briedis defeated Yuniel Dorticos by majority decision to win the IBF cruiserweight world title and the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the World Boxing Super Series at the Plazamedia Broadcast Center in Munich, Germany.

2020-09-26 Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario

Jermell Charlo unified three junior middleweight world titles with an eighth-round knockout victory over Jeison Rosario. With the victory, Charlo added the IBF and super WBA belts to his WBC 154-pound title.

2020-09-26 Josh Taylor vs. Apinun Khongsong

Josh Taylor left Apinun Khongsong folded up in pain from a body shot in the first round to retain his super WBA and IBF super lightweight titles at a crowd-less York Hall in east London, England.

2020-09-26 Brandon Figueroa vs. Damien Vazquez

Brandon Figueroa promised his punches would be too much for Damien Vazquez and won by TKO in the tenth round to retain his WBA super bantamweight title at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, USA.

2020-09-26 Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Jermall Charlo retained his WBC middleweight title by outpointing Sergiy Derevyanchenko over 12 fast-paced rounds in the "first main event" of a two-part Showtime PPV card at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, USA.

2020-09-26 Luis Nery vs. Aaron Alameda

Luis Nery became a two-division world titlist by defeating Aaron Alameda by unanimous decision, winning the WBC super bantamweight at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, USA.

2020-09-26 John Riel Casimero vs. Duke Micah

John Riel Casimero of the Philippines made a successful first defence of his WBO bantamweight crown, knocking out Ghana’s Duke Micah in the third round of their title fight in Connecticut.

BOXING HEADLINES

Boxing stardom fits Teofimo Lopez, the man who toppled Vasiliy Lomachenko, 2020 October 20
At 23 years old, Teofimo Lopez dethroned pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko, won four world titles and staked his claim as one of boxing's best.
Timothy Bradley on Teofimo Lopez: 'He kind of reminds me of a young Roy Jones Jr.', 2020 October 20
In his win over Vasiliy Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez showed similar skills to those of one of boxing's all-time greats, ESPN's Bradley says.
Real or not: Lopez-Lomachenko 2 will happen; Berlanga will soon cash in his KO streak for gold, 2020 October 20
ESPN's boxing experts discuss a potential Teofimo Lopez-Vasiliy Lomachenko rematch and the future of KO ace Edgar Berlanga.
Joshua to fight Pulev on Dec. 12 in London, 2020 October 19
Anthony Joshua will end a year out of the ring when he defends his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev at The O2 in London, England, on Dec. 12.
Arum: Lopez weighs options for next opponent, 2020 October 19
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez is weighing options for his next opponent.
Boxing judge investigated for looking at phone, 2020 October 19
A boxing judge is being investigated for allegedly looking at his phone while judging a fight which ended in a controversial result on Saturday.
Andrade to face Harrison in Nov. 27 non-title fight, 2020 October 19
WBO middleweight champ Demetrius Andrade said a Nov. 27 non-title fight against Dusty Hernandez Harrison isn't what he wanted, "but what am I supposed to do, sit here and keep waiting?"
Lopez upsets Loma; youngest 4-belt champ ever, 2020 October 19
Teofimo Lopez dethroned Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the youngest four-belt champion ever at just 23 years old.
Fury's next fight won't be vs. Wilder, Arum says, 2020 October 19
Bob Arum says the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will not be Fury's next bout.
Franco-Moloney rematch added to Nov. 14 card, 2020 October 19
The Joshua Franco-Andrew Moloney rematch will take place on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, joining the co-main event of Terence Crawford's welterweight title defense against Kell Brook.