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
Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine
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
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

2018-02-17 Raymundo Beltran vs. Paulus Moses

Raymundo Beltran achieved his dream of winning a vacant world title after beating Paulus Moses to win the WBO lightweight title in Reno, USA.

2018-02-17 David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril

In a rematch of their 2017 split decision, WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez set the record straight with a twelve round beating to win a unanimous decision over Ronald Gavril in Las Vegas, USA.

2018-02-10 Miguel Berchelt vs. Maxwell Awuku

Miguel Berchelt successfully defended his WBC super featherweight title with a third-round stoppage of Maxwell Awuku in Cancun, Mexico.

2018-02-03 Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed

Gilberto Ramirez dominated Habib Ahmed en route to a sixth-round knockout before about 3,200 in the main event of the Top Rank ESPN card to retain his WBO super middleweight title in Corpus Christi, USA.

2018-02-03 Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos

Murat Gassiev dramatically knocked out Yunier Dorticos in the waning seconds of the 12th and final round to unify IBF and super WBA cruiserweight titles in Sochi, Russia.

2018-02-03 Jerwin Ancajas vs. Israel Gonzalez

Jerwin Ancajas defended his IBF junior bantamweight title with 10th-round TKO over Israel Gonzalez in Corpus Christi, USA.

2018-01-27 Jorge Linares vs. Mercito Gesta

Jorge Linares outclassed Mercito Gesta over 12 rounds to retain his WBA lightweight title in Inglewood, USA.

2018-01-27 Lucas Matthysse vs. Tewa Kiram

Lucas Matthysse scored 8th-round knockout of Tewa Kiram to captured vacant WBA welterweight title in Inglewood, California, USA.

2018-01-27 Oleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis Briedis

Oleksandr Usyk unified WBC and WBO cruiserweight belts after a majority points decision win over Mairis Briedis in Riga, Latvia.
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