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


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.[2] Many marquee champions have held and continue to hold the International Boxing Organization World title.[3]

Notable past and current IBO Champions

Current IBO world title holders

As of April 5, 2018.

Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Days
Strawweight  Simphiwe Khonco (RSA) June 11, 2016 663
Junior Flyweight vacant
Flyweight vacant
Super Flyweight  Gideon Buthelezi (RSA) December 12, 2015 839
Bantamweight vacant
Super Bantamweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Super Featherweight  Shavkat Rakhimov (RUS) September 9, 2017 208
Lightweight  Emmanuel Tagoe (GHA) December 2, 2016 489
Junior Welterweight  Mohamed Mimoune (FRA) January 20, 2018 75
Welterweight vacant
Junior Middleweight  Erislandy Lara (CUB) June 12, 2015 1028
Middleweight  Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) December 9, 2011 2309
Super Middleweight vacant
Light Heavyweight  Karo Murat (GER) March 24, 2018 12
Cruiserweight  Kevin Lerena (RSA) September 9, 2017 208
Heavyweight  Anthony Joshua (GBR) April 29, 2017 341

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