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International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Federation (emblem).jpg
Abbreviation IBF
Formation 1983; 41 years ago (1983)
Type Non-profit institution
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Springfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Region served
Daryl Peoples
Main organ
General Assembly

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) is one of four major organizations recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) which sanctions professional boxing bouts, alongside the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).


The IBF was preceded by the United States Boxing Association (USBA), a regional championship organization like the North American Boxing Federation (NABF). In 1983, at the WBA's annual convention, held in Puerto Rico, Robert W. "Bobby" Lee Sr., president of the USBA, lost in his bid to become WBA president against Gilberto Mendoza. Lee and others withdrew from the convention after the election, and decided to organize a third, world-level organization, to co-exist with the WBA and the WBC. Formed as USBA-International, the fledgling organization was renamed the International Boxing Federation on November 6, 1983, based in New Jersey, where its main offices remain.

Bobby Lee had also been a New Jersey boxing commissioner until 1985, when, according to news reports, "he was suspended and fined by the Ethical Standards Commission for accepting contributions from fight promoters and casino executives."

The IBF's first world champion was Marvin Camel, a former WBC world cruiserweight champion who won the IBF's belt in the same division. During its first year of existence the IBF remained largely obscure, but by 1984 it decided to recognize Larry Holmes, Aaron Pryor, Marvin Hagler and Donald Curry, already established champions from other organizations, as IBF world champions. In Holmes' case, he relinquished his WBC title to accept the IBF's recognition. It established the IBF as the third sanctioning body, and a legitimate organization.

IBF men's world championship belts are red, whereas women's world championship belts are light blue.

21st-century management

The IBF was under federal observation from Lee's conviction through September 2004. Former Michigan Boxing Commissioner, WBA vice-president, boxing safety advocate and IBF interim president Hiawatha Knight (October 22, 1929 – October 22, 2014) became president following Lee's conviction, and was the first woman president of any world governing boxing organization. In 2001, Marian Muhammad assumed the presidency, followed by Daryl J. Peoples, who remained president as of 2018.

The IBF ran the "1st Annual Convention of IBF Muaythai" in Bangkok on 20–21 December 2017. Daryl Peoples, IBF president, attended the convention. The new champions of IBF Muay Thai were crowned in three weight divisions.

In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Federation blocked championship fights involving Russian and Belarusian boxers.

Current IBF world title holders

As of 15 June 2024


Weight class Champion (16) Reign began Days
Mini flyweight (105 lbs) Ginjiro Shigeoka 7 October 2023 252
Junior flyweight (108 lbs) Sivenathi Nontshinga 16 February 2024 120
Flyweight (112 lbs) Vacant
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs) Fernando Martínez 26 February 2022 840
Bantamweight (118 lbs) Ryosuke Nishida 4 May 2024 42
Junior featherweight (122 lbs) Naoya Inoue 26 December 2023 172
Featherweight (126 lbs) Luis Alberto Lopez 10 December 2022 553
Junior lightweight (130 lbs) Joe Cordina 22 April 2023 420
Lightweight (135 lbs) Vacant
Junior welterweight (140 lbs) Subriel Matías 25 February 2023 476
Welterweight (147 lbs) Jaron Ennis 9 November 2023 219
Junior middleweight (154 lbs) Bakhram Murtazaliev 5 April 2024 71
Middleweight (160 lbs) Janibek Alimkhanuly 14 October 2023 245
Super middleweight (168 lbs) Canelo Álvarez 6 November 2021 952
Light heavyweight (175 lbs) Artur Beterbiev 11 November 2017 2408
Cruiserweight (200 lbs) Vacant
Heavyweight (200+ lbs) Oleksandr Usyk 25 September 2021 994


Weight class Champion (15) Reign began Days
Junior mini flyweight (102 lbs) Sumire Yamanaka 12 January 2024 155
Mini flyweight (105 lbs) Seniesa Estrada 29 March 2024 78
Junior flyweight (108 lbs) Evelyn Nazarena Bermúdez 29 December 2018 1995
Flyweight (112 lbs) Arely Muciño 29 October 2022 595
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs) Micaela Luján 30 January 2021 1232
Bantamweight (118 lbs) Miyo Yoshida 9 December 2023 277
Junior featherweight (122 lbs) Ellie Scotney 10 June 2023 371
Featherweight (126 lbs) Amanda Serrano 24 September 2022 630
Junior lightweight (130 lbs) Alycia Baumgardner 15 October 2022 609
Lightweight (135 lbs) Beatriz Ferreira 27 April 2024 49
Junior welterweight (140 lbs) Katie Taylor 25 November 2023 203
Welterweight (147 lbs) Natasha Jonas 1 July 2023 350
Junior middleweight (154 lbs) Natasha Jonas 12 November 2022 581
Middleweight (160 lbs) Claressa Shields 22 June 2018 2185
Super middleweight (168 lbs) Savannah Marshall 1 July 2023 350
Light heavyweight (175 lbs) Lani Daniels 2 December 2023 196
Heavyweight (175+ lbs) Vacant

Muay Thai world champions

Weight class Champion Reign began Days
Junior lightweight (130 lbs) Petchaouthong Aor. Kwanmaung 21 December 2017 2368
Lightweight (135 lbs) Seksan Aor. Kwanmuang 21 December 2017 2368
Welterweight (147 lbs) Pinklao Bangkoknoivillage 20 December 2017 2369

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Federación Internacional de Boxeo para niños

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