The International Boxing Federation who are considered one of the big four world governing bodies have revealed some fairly substantial news to the organisation.
The organisation over the years has built up a prestigious reputation in the sport of boxing.
Founded in 1977, they were originally known as the “United States Boxing Association” (USBA).
However years later due to the continued growth and expansion of the organisation into overseas markets they decided to make themselves a more international organisation.
Hence where the term IBF came about, but it wasn’t actually their official name it turns out – until now.
IBF President Daryl Peoples said of the decision to change things properly today that the business’s name has now actually finally been changed to the IBF on paper:
“Aside from clarifying our business operations, changing the name to just ‘IBF’ was the logical progression since for many years now the organization has been referred to that way.”
With a new year the IBF have also revealed a new logo (above).
Just this past weekend their welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr defended his belt with a stoppage win over fellow American Lamont Peterson.
There has been grumblings for a number of years that boxing should have fewer world titles, but I don’t necessarily agree.
If the main bodies can come together to put on unification bouts on a regular basis belts can be a very good thing for boxing.
Which as a sport has a long tradition of honouring its greatest warriors with world championship belts.
Photo credit: IBF