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
United Kingdom
interim
Middleweight
Japan
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Super welterweight
USA
regular
France
interim
Welterweight
Super lightweight
USA
regular
Dominican Republic
interim
Lightweight
Super featherweight
Nicaragua
regular
USA
interim
Featherweight
China
regular
Philippines
interim
Super bantamweight
Bantamweight
Super flyweight
United Kingdom
regular
Australia
interim
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
USA
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Cruiserweight
Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Light heavyweight
Super middleweight
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
Dominican Republic
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
USA
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Junior featherweight
Bantamweight
Philippines
Junior bantamweight
Japan
Flyweight
Japan
Junior flyweight
Mexico
Mini flyweight
Puerto Rico

LATEST TITLE FIGHTS

2020-02-15 Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz

Nashville's Caleb Plant successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title with a technical knockout over mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz when the fight was stopped in the 10th round at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, USA.

2020-02-08 Artem Dalakian vs. Josber Perez

Unbeaten WBA flyweight champion Artem Dalakian took a workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision over Josber Perez at the Parkovy Convention Centre in Kiev, Ukraine

2020-02-08 Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Liborio Solis

Guillermo Rigondeaux’s tenure as an action fighter is over, ending after a single fight in 2019, but the 39-year-old Cuban kept his career plenty alive tonight, scoring a split decision win that shouldn’t have been over Liborio Solis and captured vacant WBA bantamweight title in Allentown, USA.

2020-02-08 Gary Russell vs. Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Gary Russell Jr., fighting for the first time in nine months, won by unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar to retain his WBC featherweight title.

2020-02-08 Wilfredo Mendez vs. Gabriel Mendoza

Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez successfully defended his WBO 105-pound belt by retaining it a ninth round TKO over Colombian challenger Gabriel Mendoza in Panama City, Panama.

2020-02-07 Luis Concepcion vs. Rober Barrera

In an exciting action clash, veteran Panamanian slugger Luis Concepcion rocked and stopped tough Colombian Rober Barrera in the 11th chapter of their thrilling battle to capture the vacant WBA Interim flyweight title in Panama City, Panama.

2020-02-07 Daniel Matellon vs. Erik Omar Lopez Garcia

Daniel Matellon captured interim WBA light fly title with win over Erik Omar Lopez Garcia in PAnama City, Panama.

2020-02-01 Pedro Taduran vs. Daniel Valladares

The first defense of the IBF strawweight title for Pedro Taduran, against Daniel Valladares, was shaping up to be a Fight of the Year contender. Instead, it ended prematurely on an accidental headbutt just as it was getting started. The bout was sent to a technical decision at the conclusion of the fourth, with one judge scoring it 39-37 for Valladares, while the other two overruled that verdict at 38-38, leading to a majority draw in Guadalupe, Mexico. The verdict leaves Philippines' Taduran with his strawweight title still intact.

2020-01-31 Ilunga Makabu vs. Michal Cieslak

Ilunga Makabu defeated Michal Cieslak by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture the recently vacated WBC cruiserweight title at the Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

2020-01-30 Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Daniel Roman

In a spirited action fight, Murodjon Akhmadaliev won a split decision over Daniel Roman to claim Roman's unified IBF and super WBA junior featherweight world title.

2020-01-30 Joseph Diaz vs. Tevin Farmer

Joseph Diaz won his first world title, the IBF super featherweight title, with a strong win over Tevin Farmer in Miami, USA

2020-01-30 Demetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler

Demetrius Andrade dropped and stopped Luke Keeler in nine rounds to retain his WBO middleweight title in Miami, USA.

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