International Boxing Organization

International Boxing Organization
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Abbreviation IBO
Formation 1988
Type Non-profit institution
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Coral Gables, Florida
Region served
Ed Levine

The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships.[1] While IBO-sanctioned titles are often considered "minor"[2][3] world championships, the IBO is generally considered to be the only other notable boxing organization outside of the "Big 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.[4] Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title.[5]

If a fighter tests positive for banned substances after a bout, he is barred from a rematch.[6]

The IBO permits only one champion per weight division. "We have never had more than one champion per weight division nor will we."[7]

If an IBO Intercontinental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title.[8]

Notable past and current IBO Champions[]

Current IBO world title holders[]

As of July 20, 2018.

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Strawweight  Simphiwe Khonco (RSA) June 11, 2016 769
Super Flyweight vacant
Flyweight vacant
Super Flyweight  Gideon Buthelezi (RSA) December 12, 2015 945
Bantamweight  Michael Dasmarinas (PHI) April 20, 2018 91
Super Bantamweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Super Featherweight  Shavkat Rakhimov (RUS) September 9, 2017 314
Lightweight  Emmanuel Tagoe (GHA) December 2, 2016 595
Light Welterweight  Mohamed Mimoune (FRA) January 20, 2018 181
Welterweight  Thulani Mbenge (RSA) June 23, 2018 27
Super Welterweight vacant
Middleweight  Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) December 9, 2011 2415
Super Middleweight vacant
Light Heavyweight  Karo Murat (GER) March 24, 2018 118
Cruiserweight  Kevin Lerena (RSA) September 9, 2017 314
Heavyweight  Anthony Joshua (GBR) April 29, 2017 447

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