The International Boxing Union (IBU) was created June 1911 in Paris, France. It was an attempt to create a unified international governing body for professional boxing. Signators of the Protocol for the IBU were: Paul Rousseau (President of Fédération Française de Boxe et de Lutte) for France; Fred Tilbury (an Englishman, Master of Boxing, and President of Fédération Belge de Boxe) for Belgium; and Victor Breyer (President of Société Française de Propagation de la Boxe Anglaise), having an official mandate by the New York State Athletic Commission, and consequently acting on behalf of some American boxing authorities. Switzerland joined the IBU in November 1913.
The IBU suspended operations with the outbreak of World War I, but resumed action on February 5, 1920—this time headquartered in Paris. Eventually, by the end of 1942, the IBU was in the hands of the Nazis and Fascists, who transformed it into the “Associazione Pugilistica Professionistica Europea” (APPE). By December 1, 1944, the IBU/APPE was dormant. In 1946, from the inactiveness of the APPE, several members left to form the European Boxing Union (EBU) leaving the IBU/APPE in limbo.
In 1996, new life was breathed into the International Boxing Union (IBU) as it once again took its place as a professional boxing sanctioning body but now based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States but maintaining its championship lineage.
The IBU has sanctioned title matches and crowned “world champions” in countries such as Barbados, Guyana, Benin, Gabon, Germany, Finland, Hungary, and the United States. In 2000 and 2001 the IBU had the “ESPN2 Fight of the Year” and the Ring Magazine “Fight of the Year” runnerup for 2000. While politics from the so called “Big 4” sanctioning bodies has at times stifled widespread recognition as its champions as best fighters in their class the IBU continues to strive and succeed. Many former IBU title holders have achieved huge success making thousands and sometimes millions of dollars after achieving their initial success with the IBU.
Contact the IBU
International Boxing Union, Inc.
4175 Roswell Road NE. Atlanta, Georgia USA. 30342.
Tel (USA): 1-404-808-9268