International Boxing Federation
Formation1983; 39 years ago (1983)[1]
TypeNon-profit institution
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersSpringfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Region served
Daryl Peoples
Main organ
General Assembly

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) is one of four major organizations recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) which sanctions professional boxing bouts, alongside the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).


The IBF was preceded by the United States Boxing Association (USBA), a regional championship organization like the North American Boxing Federation (NABF). In 1983, at the WBA's annual convention, held in Puerto Rico, Robert W. "Bobby" Lee Sr., 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 third, world-level organization, to co-exist with the WBA and the WBC. Formed as USBA-International, the fledgling organization was later renamed the International Boxing Federation, based in New Jersey, where its main offices remain.[2]

Bobby Lee had also been a New Jersey boxing commissioner until 1985, when, according to news reports, "he was suspended and fined by the Ethical Standards Commission for accepting contributions from fight promoters and casino executives."[3]

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 the IBF remained largely obscure, but by 1984 it 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.[4]

IBF men's world championship belts are red, whereas women's world championship belts are light blue.

20th-century bribery scandal

Despite achieving an appearance of legitimacy, subsequent to a three-year investigation started by 1996 charges levied by former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer; IBF's reputation was ruined in 1999 with founder Lee's indictment for racketeering and other violations for taking bribes in exchange for high boxer rankings. Indicted on federal racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges were "president, Robert W. Lee, 65; his son and IBF liaison, Robert Lee Jr., 38; former IBF executive and Virginia boxing commissioner Donald William Brennan, 86; and South American IBF representative Francisco Fernandez."[5] Lee was subsequently convicted of money-laundering and tax evasion in August 2000, then sentenced, in 2001, to 22 months in prison and fined $25,000.[6]

In 2000, citing extortion, boxing promoter Bob Arum voluntarily testified to having paid IBF president Bobby Lee $100,000 in two installments in 1995, as the first half of a $200,000 bribe, through "middleman, Stanley Hoffman", adding that Lee had first demanded $500,000 to approve the Schulz-Foreman fight, but had settled for the lesser amount of $200,000 (half of which was never paid).[7] Arum was sanctioned and fined $125,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Boxing promoters Cedric Kushner and Dino Duva also admitted to making similar payments to Lee.[8]

"A culture of corruption has festered in the IBF virtually since its inception... IBF ratings were not earned – they were bought... The crimes have bastardized the ratings in most of the weight classes."
— Adam Miller quoting Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cleary, "FEDS BID TO KO BOXING BIGS WITH ‘BRIBE’ RAP", New York Post, November 5, 1999

21st-century management

The IBF was under federal observation from Lee's conviction through September 2004. Former Michigan Boxing Commissioner, WBA vice-president, boxing safety advocate and IBF interim president Hiawatha Knight (October 22, 1929 – October 22, 2014) became president following Lee's conviction, and was the first woman president of any world governing boxing organization. In 2001, Marian Muhammad assumed the presidency, followed by Daryl J. Peoples, who remained president as of 2018.[9]

The IBF ran the "1st Annual Convention of IBF Muaythai" in Bangkok on 20–21 December 2017.[10] Daryl Peoples, IBF president, attended the convention. The new champions of IBF Muay Thai were crowned in three weight divisions.

In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Federation blocked championship fights involving Russian and Belarusian boxers.[11]

Current IBF world title holders

As of 15 December 2022


Weight class Champion Reign began Days
Mini flyweight (105 lbs) Daniel Valladares 1 July 2022 167
Junior flyweight (108 lbs) Sivenathi Nontshinga 3 September 2022 103
Flyweight (112 lbs) Sunny Edwards 30 April 2021 594
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs) Fernando Martínez 26 February 2022 292
Bantamweight (118 lbs) Naoya Inoue 18 May 2019 1307
Junior featherweight (122 lbs) Murodjon Akhmadaliev 30 January 2020 1050
Featherweight (126 lbs) Luis Alberto Lopez 10 December 2022 5
Junior lightweight (130 lbs) Shavkat Rakhimov 5 November 2022 40
Lightweight (135 lbs) Devin Haney 4 June 2022 194
Junior welterweight (140 lbs) Vacant
Welterweight (147 lbs) Errol Spence Jr. 27 May 2017 2028
Junior middleweight (154 lbs) Jermell Charlo 26 September 2020 810
Middleweight (160 lbs) Gennady Golovkin 5 October 2019 1167
Super middleweight (168 lbs) Canelo Álvarez 6 November 2021 404
Light heavyweight (175 lbs) Artur Beterbiev 11 November 2017 1860
Cruiserweight (200 lbs) Jai Opetaia 2 July 2022 166
Heavyweight (200+ lbs) Oleksandr Usyk 25 September 2021 446


Weight class Champion Reign began Days
Junior mini flyweight (102 lbs) Mika Iwakawa 1 September 2022 105
Mini flyweight (105 lbs) Yokasta Valle 4 August 2019 1229
Junior flyweight (108 lbs) Evelyn Nazarena Bermúdez 29 December 2018 1447
Flyweight (112 lbs) Leonela Yúdica 19 December 2014 2918
Junior bantamweight (115 lbs) Micaela Luján 30 January 2021 684
Bantamweight (118 lbs) Ebanie Bridges 26 March 2022 264
Junior featherweight (122 lbs) Cherneka Johnson 20 April 2022 239
Featherweight (126 lbs) Sarah Mahfoud 20 July 2020 878
Junior lightweight (130 lbs) Mikaela Mayer 5 November 2021 405
Lightweight (135 lbs) Katie Taylor 21 April 2018 1699
Junior welterweight (140 lbs) Chantelle Cameron 30 October 2021 411
Welterweight (147 lbs) Jessica McCaskill 15 August 2020 852
Junior middleweight (154 lbs) Marie-Eve Dicaire 17 December 2021 363
Middleweight (160 lbs) Claressa Shields 22 June 2018 1637
Super middleweight (168 lbs) Franchón Crews-Dezurn 22 March 2019 1364
Light heavyweight (175 lbs) Uninaugurated
Heavyweight (175+ lbs) Uninaugurated

Muay Thai world champions

Weight class Champion Reign began Days
Junior lightweight (130 lbs) Petchaouthong Aor. Kwanmaung 21 December 2017 1820
Lightweight (135 lbs) Seksan Aor. Kwanmuang 21 December 2017 1820
Welterweight (147 lbs) Pinklao Bangkoknoivillage 20 December 2017 1821

See also


  1. ^ Gems, Gerald R. (2014-03-13). Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science. p. 42. ISBN 9781442229914. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  2. ^ Wheeler, Paul (7 April 2020). "Judging the sanctioning bodies: The IBF - Boxing News". Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  3. ^ Marshall, Andrew "Bell tolls for ring-king Lee and the 'whore-house of pugilism'", The Independent, November 29, 1999. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Euan-Smith, Simon (27 January 2022). "A history of chaos - sanctioning bodies and broken titles". Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  5. ^ Hirsley, Michael "Another Black Eye For Boxing", Chicago Tribune, November 5, 1999. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Smothers, Ronald "I.B.F. Supervision Ends; Founder Gets 22 Months", The New York Times, February 15, 2001. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  7. ^ MCKINLEY, JAMES C. JR. "Arum Gives Description Of Payments to I.B.F.", The New York Times, June 7, 2000. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Springer, Steve "Settlement Approved in Arum Case", Los Angeles Times, August 17, 2000. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Kang, Arne K. (10 March 2017). "A Conversation with International Boxing Federation President Daryl Peoples". Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Facebook".
  11. ^ "Alan Hubbard: How Russian champion Bivol sent shockwaves down Mexico way".