- International Boxing Federation
The IBF was preceded by the
United States Boxing Association(USBA), a regional championships organization like the NABF, NABC and NABA. In 1983, at the WBA's annual convention, held in Puerto Ricothat year, Bob Lee, 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 new world-level organization. At first, the new group was named the USBA-International. They decided to base the new organization in New Jersey, where its main offices are still located.
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, however, the IBF remained largely obscure. But by 1984, the IBF decided to recognize Larry Holmes, Aaron Pryor, Marvin Haglerand 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.
Ever since then, the IBF has been the sanctioning body of many important fights and world champions. For example,
Félix Trinidadwas the IBF's world Welterweight champion from 1993 to 2000, and is one of a long list of world champions who have been recognized by the IBF. The current IBF Heavyweight champion is Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko.
The organization's reputation was seriously damaged in 1999, however, as Lee resigned as the IBF's President upon conviction on racketeering and other violations for taking bribes in exchange for high boxer rankings.
Hiawatha Knightthen became the first woman president of any of the world's governing boxing bodies. In 2001, Marian Muhammadfollowed her as president. The organization was under federal observation from Lee's conviction through September 2004, though remaining recognized as one of boxing's "big three" sanctioning organizations.
Questions of Consistency
Recently, it has come under a lot of scrutiny for some decisions that are not consistent with what happens in the ring. These include:
Zab Judahgoing into his match with Floyd Mayweatherwith the IBF welterweight championship. Carlos Baldomirdefeated Judah by decision in Judah's previous fight, but only paid the sanctioning fee to the WBC. Judah also had the WBA and IBF championships. While the WBA vacated Judah's "super" title ("regular" titleholder Luis Collazo became undisputed WBA champion), the IBF let Judah keep the title despite losing.
* Denying its stated mandatory challenger Glen Johnson the opportunity to face IBF light heavyweight champion
Clinton Woodsimmediately. Woods first fought Jason DeLisle, a man Woods had knocked out in 2004, in a voluntary defence. DeLisle had just lost an IBF title eliminator match against Julio César Gonzálezwho Woods had also recently beaten, but got a title shot anyway. After again knocking out DeLisle, Woods made his mandatory defence against Johnson, winning on points.
* Making IBF junior middleweight champion
Roman Karmazinface mandatory challenger Rodney Jones. Jones got the shot by defeating journeyman boxer Raul Frankfour months after a draw.
* Considering stripping
Israel Vázquez, junior featherweight champion, of his belt for not facing mandatory Steve Molitor, a boxer who some argued did not deserve to be a challenge for a world title.
* Requiring newly-crowned IBF welterweight champion
Antonio Margaritoto vacate his belt won from Kermit Cintonon 4/12/2008 in order to face Miguel Cottofor his WBA welterweight strap. Joshua Clotteythen won the vacant IBF belt by Technical Decisioning Zab Judah. The scrutiny comes from the fact that in their next match, Clottey and Margarito will face each other for BOTH the WBA and IBF belts. Why did Margarito have to relinquish his IBF title to face WBA champ Cotto, but Clottey can keep the same title to face Margarito in a matchup only months later?
Current IBF world title holders
Transition of IBF titles
List of IBF world champions
List of IBF Inter-Continental champions
List of IBF Mediterranean champions
List of IBF Pan Pacific champions
Other world organizations
*International Boxing Association
International Boxing Council
International Boxing Federation
International Boxing Organization
International Boxing Union
World Boxing Association
World Boxing Council
World Boxing Federation
World Boxing Organization
World Professional Boxing Federation
World Boxing Union
European Boxing Federation
* [http://www.ibf-usba-boxing.com/ Official Site]
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