|Purpose||Boxing sanctioning organization|
|Headquarters||Coral Gables, Florida|
The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and regional championships. While IBO-sanctioned titles are often considered "minor" 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. Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title.
If a fighter tests positive for banned substances after a bout, he is barred from a rematch.
The IBO permits only one champion per weight division. "We have never had more than one champion per weight division nor will we."
If an IBO Intercontinental champion successfully defends his title three times, he may receive a mandatory opportunity for the world title.
As of July 20, 2018.
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:||Days|
|Strawweight||Simphiwe Khonco (RSA)||June 11, 2016||769|
|Super Flyweight||Gideon Buthelezi (RSA)||December 12, 2015||945|
|Bantamweight||Michael Dasmarinas (PHI)||April 20, 2018||91|
|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|
|Middleweight||Gennady Golovkin (KAZ)||December 9, 2011||2415|
|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|