International Boxing Organization

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International Boxing Organization
Logo of IBO.jpg
Formation1988;33 years ago (1988)
TypeNon-profit institution
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Region served
Ed Levine
Main organ
General Assembly

The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships. [1]


It is often considered a "minor" world championship as it is not recognized as a major world title by any of the "big four" governing bodies (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO), who all recognize each other in their rankings and title unification rules.

It is recognized as a legitimate world championship by the European Boxing Union [2] and BoxRec [3] but is unrecognized as such by The Ring magazine. [4]


The IBO was founded in 1988 and incorporated in Illinois in 1992 by John W. Daddono. The organization was later moved to Florida in 1996 and incorporated in Florida at that time. Ed Levine, who continues to serve as the organization's President became a partner and President of the IBO in 1999.

The organization received acclaim by implementing a computerized system 'The Independent World Boxing Rankings' in the late 1990s that removed subjective elements from the ratings in an effort to bring more credibility to the sport. From 2014 the organization now uses Boxrec, the independent boxing records keeping and computerized rankings website for IBO's rankings. [5] Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title. [6]

If a fighter tests positive for banned substances after a bout, he is barred from a rematch. [7]

The IBO permits only one champion per weight division. "We have never had more than one champion per weight division nor will we", according to its president Ed Levine. [8]

If an IBO Inter-Continental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title. [9]

Notable past IBO champions

Current IBO world title holders

As of August 7, 2020


Weight class:Champion:Reign began:Days
Minimumweight Flag of South Africa.svg Ayanda Ndulani (RSA)May 21, 202127
Light flyweight vacant
Flyweight Flag of Mexico.svg Maximino Flores (MEX)August 25, 2019583
Super flyweight Flag of South Africa.svg  Gideon Buthelezi  (RSA)December 12, 20151935
Bantamweight Flag of Venezuela.svg Michell Banquez (VEN)July 12, 2019706
Super bantamweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Super featherweight Flag of Italy.svg Michael Magnesi (ITA)November 27, 2020202
Lightweight Flag of Mexico.svg Jovanni Straffon (MEX)May 1, 202147
Super lightweight vacant
Welterweight vacant
Super welterweight Flag of the United States.svg  Erislandy Lara  (US)August 29, 2020292
Middleweight Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Gennady Golovkin  (KAZ)October 05, 2019621
Super middleweight Flag of Ecuador.svg  Carlos Gongora  (ECU)December 18, 2020181
Light heavyweight Flag of Germany.svg  Robin Krasniqi  (GER)October 10, 2020250
Cruiserweight Flag of South Africa.svg  Kevin Lerena  (RSA)September 9, 20171377
Heavyweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Anthony Joshua  (GBR)December 07, 2019558


Weight class:Champion:Reign began:Days
Minimumweight vacant
Light flyweight vacant
Flyweight Flag of Mexico.svg Gloria Gallardo (MEX)November 22, 2019573
Super flyweight vacant
Bantamweight vacant
Super bantamweight vacant
Featherweight Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Amanda Serrano  (PUR)March 25, 202184
Super featherweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Terri Harper  (UK)July 19, 2019689
Lightweight Flag of France.svg  Estelle Mossely  (FRA)June 14, 2019734
Super lightweight vacant
Welterweight Flag of the United States.svg  Jessica McCaskill  (USA)August 15, 2020306
Super welterweight Flag of Sweden.svg  Patricia Berghult  (SWE)November 27, 2019568
Middleweight vacant
Super middleweight vacant
Light heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight vacant
Heavyweight vacant

See also

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  1. "Official website - International Boxing Organization".
  2. "EBU Ratings".
  3. "Boxrec Champions".
  4. "The Ring Ratings".
  5. "IBO Top 100 - Computerized Rankings - International Boxing Organization". Saddoboxing.
  6. "International Boxing Organization - Boxrec".
  7. "Ed Levine "A Man of Conviction"". December 25, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. "Ed Levine Interview 16 August 2016". August 16, 2016.
  9. "Ed Levine Interview 15 May 2014". May 15, 2014.