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
Russia
regular
Canada
interim
Super middleweight
Mexico
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Middleweight
Japan
Super welterweight
USA
regular
France
interim
Welterweight
Philippines
Super lightweight
USA
regular
Dominican Republic
interim
Lightweight
Venezuela
Super featherweight
Featherweight
China
regular
Philippines
interim
Super bantamweight
USA
regular
USA
interim
Bantamweight
Japan
Super flyweight
United Kingdom
Flyweight
Ukraine
regular
Thailand
interim
Light flyweight
Venezuela
regular
Philippines
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
Ukraine
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
United Kingdom
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
USA
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Super middleweight
Middleweight
Kazakhstan
Junior middleweight
Welterweight
Junior welterweight
United Kingdom
Lightweight
Junior lightweight
Featherweight
United Kingdom
Junior featherweight
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
USA
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Mexico
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Super middleweight
United Kingdom
Middleweight
USA
regular
Georgia
interim
Junior middleweight
Mexico
Welterweight
Junior welterweight
Lightweight
Junior lightweight
USA
regular
Mexico
interim
Featherweight
USA
regular
United Kingdom
interim
Junior featherweight
Bantamweight
South Africa
regular
Philippines
interim
Junior bantamweight
Japan
Flyweight
Japan
Junior flyweight
Mexico
Mini flyweight
Puerto Rico

LATEST TITLE FIGHTS

2019-11-09 Devin Haney vs. Alfredo Santiago

Devin Haney retained his WBC lightweight title by blanking Alfredo Santiago over 12 rounds in Los Angeles, USA.

2019-11-09 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Marcelo Esteban Coceres

Billy Joe Saunders stopped Marcelo Esteban Coceres in the eleventh round to defend his WBO super middleweight title for the first time in Los Angeles, USA.

2019-11-09 Jamel Herring vs. Lamont Roach

WBO super featherweight world champion Jamel Herring successfully retained his title, taking a unanimous decision over Lamont Roach Jr. in Fresno, USA.

2019-11-07 Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire

Naoya Inoue didn’t dominate or overwhelm, but he got a win over Nonito Donaire in a tremendous back-and-forth fight to retain his IBF bantamweight title in Saitama, Japan.

2019-11-07 Nordine Oubaali vs. Takuma Inoue

Nordine Oubaali retained his WBC bantamweight title in Saitama, Japan, outpointing a determined Takuma Inoue over 12 rounds.

2019-11-02 Miguel Berchelt vs. Jason Sosa

Miguel Berchelt dominated Jason Sosa by fourth-round knockout to retain his WBC super featherweight title at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, USA.

2019-11-02 Saul Alvarez ws. Sergey Kovalev

Canelo Alvarez, constantly driven to make boxing history, secured another piece of it in Las Vegas, USA. Alvarez, who was having a hard time dealing with Sergey Kovalev's size and jab, scored a massive 11th-round knockout to win WBO light heavyweight world title before a pro-Canelo crowd of 14,490 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to add significantly to an already stellar resume.

2019-10-26 Josh Taylor vs. Regis Prograis

Josh Taylor's tireless work ethic and variety of punches ensured him a victory in a close junior welterweight title unification fight against Regis Prograis at the O2 Arena in London. Taylor won by majority decision to add Prograis' super WBA belt to his IBF version.

2019-10-26 Shakur Stevenson vs. Joet Gonzalez

It was a one-sided mismatch. Shakur Stevenson put all the family drama behind him and waltzed to an easy victory over Joet Gonzalez, his girlfriend’s older brother, to claim the vacant WBO featherweight title in Reno, USA.

2019-10-26 Wilfredo Mendez vs. Axel Aragon Vega

Wilfredo Mendez retained his WBO minimumweight belt on a seventh-round split technical decision, after his fight against No 15 rated Axel Aragon Vega was stopped due to an accidental head clash in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

2019-10-25 Chayaphon Moonsri vs. Simpiwe Konkco

Chayaphon Moonsri retained his WBC strawweight title in the 12-rounds fight against Simpiwe Konkco in Chonburi, Thailand.

2019-10-24 Elwin Soto vs. Edward Heno

Elwin Soto returned to the venue where he won his first major title, having to survive a stiff test to retain that status. The defending junior flyweight titlist rallied in the second half of his 12-round showdown with Philippines Edward Heno to take a close and competitive unanimous decision win at Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio, USA.

2019-10-19 Ryad Merhy vs. Imre Szello

Belgian Ryad Merhy conquered the interim WBA cruiserweight title, by securing a knockout victory in the seventh round over previously undefeated Hungarian contender Imre Szello at the Spiroudome Arena in Charleroi, Belgium.

2019-10-18 Artur Beterbiev vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk

Artur Beterbiev was very impressive in Philadelphia, USA, scoring a 10th round stoppage win over Oleksandr Gvozdyk to unify the IBF and WBC light heavyweight titles.

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