International Boxing Federation


International Boxing Federation

The International Boxing Federation, or "IBF", is one of four major organizations recognized by IBHOF which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC and WBO.

History

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 Rico that 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 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.

Ever since then, the IBF has been the sanctioning body of many important fights and world champions. For example, Félix Trinidad was 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 Knight then became the first woman president of any of the world's governing boxing bodies. In 2001, Marian Muhammad followed 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 Judah going into his match with Floyd Mayweather with the IBF welterweight championship. Carlos Baldomir defeated 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 Woods immediately. 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 González who 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 Karmazin face mandatory challenger Rodney Jones. Jones got the shot by defeating journeyman boxer Raul Frank four 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 Margarito to vacate his belt won from Kermit Cinton on 4/12/2008 in order to face Miguel Cotto for his WBA welterweight strap. Joshua Clottey then 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

See also

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

External links

* [http://www.ibf-usba-boxing.com/ Official Site]


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