New Year, new updates from the International Boxing Organisation
The International Boxing Organization released their monthly newsletter for January 2021, consisting of all the latest stories surrounding the newest governing body in boxing, featuring Chris Eubank Jr; Terri Harper; and the inevitable ongoing Joshua-Fury tale.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn expects to make an official announcement in February about the date and location for the undisputed heavyweight clash between IBO World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22KOs) against former IBO World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs).
'The Gypsy King's' American promoter Bob Arum has revealed that all parties have settled on the location of the fight already, making the announcement seem just that little bit closer.
Congratulations to IBO World Super Middleweight Champion Carlos Gongora (19-0, 14KOs) on signing a promotional contract with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.
IBO President Ed Levine presented 31-year-old Carlos Gongora with his IBO World Super Middleweight title on the undercard of Golovkin vs. Szeremeta on December 18. The Boston-based boxer from Ecuador knocked out unbeaten Kazakh opponent Ali Akhmedov (16-1, 12KOs) in the final round to win the IBO Championship.
IBO World Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara (27-3-3, 15KOs) is back in the gym and looking for all of the big names in the division for 2021.
'The American Dream' last fought in August 2020, triumphing over challenger Greg Vendetti (22-4-1, 12KOs), 30 from Massachusetts, to retain his WBA strap whilst adding the IBO belt to his collection.
Former two-time IBO World Super Middleweight Champion Chris Eubank Jr (29-2, 22KOs), who has dropped back down to Middleweight, has stated he would like to fight current two-time IBO World Middleweight Champion Gennadiy Golovkin in 2021.
Earlier this month, 31-year-old British boxer Chris Eubank Jr. signed a promotional deal with Team Sauerland.
IBO World Super Featherweight Champion Terri Harper (11-0-1, 6KOs) is back in trainer Stefy Bull's gym following corrective hand surgery, with the 'Road to Undisputed' on her mind. First stop is long-reigning WBA champ Hyun Mi Choi (18-0-1, 4KOs).
Denaby's Harper suffered a break in her hand after her ninth-round TKO win over challenger Katharina Thanderz in November last year to successfully retain her WBC and IBO world super featherweight belts. Following that emphatic win, Global Boxing News named Terri Harper as their Female Fighter of the Year for 2020 - read more HERE
24-year-old Terri Harper become Britain’s youngest female world champion at the age of 22 when she defeated South Africa’s Nozipho Bell in round-eight to win the vacant IBO super-featherweight crown at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, England, on July 19, 2019.
All time frames to defend IBO titles were suspended on March 1st 2020 due to Covid-19. These time frames have been reinstated on November 1st 2020.
Click HERE to find the latest IBO World rankings.
Heavyweight: Anthony Joshua
Crusierweight: Kevin Lerena
Light-heavyweight: Robin Krasniqi
Super-middleweight: Carlos Gongora
Middleweight: Gennadiy Golovkin
Super-welterweight: Erislandy Lara
Super-lightweight: Jeremias Nicolas Ponce
Super-featherweight: Michale Magnesi
Bantamweight: Michele Banquez
Super-flyweight: Gideon Buthelezi
Flyweight: Maximino Flores
Minimweight: Nkosinathi Joyi
Super-welterweight: Patricia Berghult
Welterweight: Jessica McCaskill
Lightweight: Estelle Yoka Mossely
Super-featherweight: Terri Harper
Featherweight: Lisia Boudersa
Flyweight: Gloria Gallardo