IBF Statement on Heavyweight Title


Springfield, NJ, December 9, 2015 – The IBF Heavyweight World Title, which was won by Tyson Fury on November 28, 2015 when he beat the reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in an optional defense of this title, was vacated on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by the IBF as Tyson Fury is unable to make the mandatory defense of the IBF title against challenger Vyacheslav Glaskov because he is contractually obligated to a rematch with Klitschko, which is in direct violation of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests. 

     On November 30, 2015, the IBF reminded Tyson Fury via an email in care of Hennessy Sports that the bout on November 28 was considered a mandatory defense of both the WBA and WBO Heavyweight titles and that his next bout was to be the IBF mandatory defense against Vyacheslav Glazkov, the #1 contender and the leading available contender for the IBF mandatory defense.  This bout was due next in the rotation of mandatory defenses of the titles.  Furthermore, Fury was informed that negotiations with Glazkov should commence immediately and be concluded by December 30, 2015. He was advised that if an agreement was not reached between the two parties by December 30, 2015, the IBF would call for a purse bid.  Glazkov’s promoter Main Events was copied on this letter.

     On December 1, 2015, the IBF received a letter via email from Patrick C. English on behalf of Main Events indicating that Main Events was unwilling to negotiate and requested that the IBF order an immediate purse bid in accordance with Rule 10.A. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests.  Rule 10.A. cites in part: “If the camps are unable to come to an agreement as to the promotion of a title bout in the initial thirty (30) day negotiation period, or if one of the camps certifies in writing during the negotiation period that he is not willing to participate in negotiations, the President of the IBF/USBA shall notify each registered promoter that a purse offer will be held.”  Accordingly, the IBF ordered a purse bid to be held on December 11, 2015.

     Following the title fight between Klitschko and Fury, the IBF became aware for the first time that there was a contractual agreement between both fighters for an immediate rematch. There were no provisions for any rematch in the contracts which were submitted to the IBF prior to the IBF agreeing to sanction the Klitschko vs. Fury bout.  Rule 3.B. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests states:  “No contract for a Championship contest shall contain any clause or any provision, whatsoever, guaranteeing or in any way assuring or promising either contestant a return Championship contest where such clause or provision interferes with the mandatory defense of a title.”  Had the IBF been aware of a clause in the contract that violated this rule, the parties would have been mandated to agree in writing to stage this rematch after the completion of the IBF mandatory defense.  If the parties did not agree, the title fight with Tyson Furywould not have been sanctioned by the IBF.

     In a letter sent to the IBF by Harbottle & Lewis, the legal counsel retained by Hennessy Sports and Tyson Fury, the IBF was asked to consider and exercise their discretion under the IBF’s regulations and direct that an immediate rematch for the IBF Championship take place between Fury and Klitschko.  This rematch is in direct violation of an IBF rule and the IBF will not order a rematch under these circumstances.

     Wladimir Klitschko has exercised his right to the contractual option agreed upon between himself and Tyson Fury for an immediate rematch, thus rendering Tyson Fury unable to make the mandatory defense of the IBF title next. The direct rematch between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury interferes with the mandatory defense of the IBF Heavyweight title and is in violation of  Rule 3.B. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests.  Consequently, the title has been vacated in accordance to Rule 3.C.2. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests which states: “Upon violation of this Rule, the Championship involved shall forthwith be declared vacant.”

     On December 8, 2015 the IBF ordered #1, Vyacheslav Glazkov and #4, Charles Martin to begin negotiations for the vacant Heavyweight title.  The IBF received a written certification from Warriors Boxing who represents Martin, stating that he was not willing to participate in negotiations and therefore requested an immediate purse bid according to IBF Rule 10A.  The purse bid had been scheduled Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12 Noon.


Holiday Toy Drive 2015



Members and Friends

Once again the IBF/USBA would like to help the Family Development Center of East Orange, NJ with our annual Holiday Toy Drive. 

This charitable organization has been serving its community since 1970.  The center’s primary purpose is to provide low-income families with excellent and reliable childcare at no cost or for a nominal fee.  There are approximately eighty children, ranging in age from 6 months to twelve years, enrolled in childcare at the Family Development Center.

As a non-profit group of this nature, FDC is always in great need of new toys, arts and crafts as well as writing supplies, books, dvd’s and baby items.

Any donation, large or small, would be a great help.  Please help us make this holiday season a great one for the children of the FamilyDevelopment Center!

You can choose to donate an item or make a monetary contribution by check.  Please send in donations to the IBF/USBA office to the attention of Jeanette Salazar/Holiday Toy Drive.  If you are sending a check please make it payable to Family Development Center, Inc.

You can also make a monetary donation on our website via this link:!/Holiday-Toy-Drive-2014/p/30009140/category=7059035.

Donations will be accepted until the morning of December 21, 2015.


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IBF China ready to break out

By Boxing Bob Newman

It’s been said many times, “Boxing is a business.” It can be further expressed as a global business, and as far as the global economy is concerned, China figures largely in all facets. So too is it becoming more apparent in the sport and business of boxing. In the last ten years, China’s has presence has grown in amateur boxing all the way to the Olympic level, a home grown world champion has been produced (Xiao Zhong Xiong- WBC minimumweight), two world conventions have been held (WBA and WBA- both in the city Chengdu in 2007 and 2008 respectively), with a third to be held by the WBC from November 2-7th in Kunming this year. The IBF is joining the fray in full force with the creation of IBF China. Over the last six months, IBF president Daryl Peoples has journeyed to China four times to oversee meetings, training seminars and provide direction and oversight in the development in all aspects of the formation of IBF China.

In May of this year, a ring officials seminar was held to provide training and certification for Chinese ring officials- both judges and referees. World class referee Mark Nelson oversaw the referee seminar, utilizing his Power Point presentation used in his ABC seminars. Nelson also spent the entire day working with some 60 Chinese officials on ring mechanics and various situations in the ring.

World class judge Joseph Pasquale conducted the judging seminar over two days. Pasquale covered the IBF scoring standards which had been translated in advance for the student officials to study. Pasquale also used the video format developed by judge Tommy Kaczmarek, which practiced scoring over 12 rounds of boxing. The rounds had penalties, swings in the action, and multiple knockdowns.

The next two sessions the students were given a written test and then a scoring test of three video rounds of boxing.


The most recent seminar again in Beijing in August, was administered to a class of 45 officials. Veteran referee Roberto Ramirez conducted the referee seminar. Again the mix was amateur officials and former boxers. There were also some with pro experience on recent IBF China fight cards. Both the May and August seminars were followed by live fight cards in which several of the seminar attendees officiated, as Pasquale opined, “they were again all very professional and did very well-with several capable of officiating at any level of a pro contest.”

Speaking of fight cards, IBF China began conducting tournaments in March of this year and they have had 31 shows (approximately 186 bouts going into September) already throughout the country. The tournaments will end by December and the plan is to award 300 million dollars in prize money throughout the duration of the tournaments. The tournaments are is six divisions for males (122, 126, 135, 147, 160, 175) and two for females (105, 135). They go from qualifiers, to regionals, to nationals (which would be the IBF China title) to the IBF Asia title. The goal is to grow boxing in China so that eventually more Chinese boxers are included in the world rankings and have the opportunity to become world champions. IBF China also founded Chinese Professional Boxing Alliances, with more than 30 clubs in throughout the country to bolster their network, and to cultivate the training of ring officials as well as boxers.

Intermittently, IBF president Daryl Peoples was accompanied by ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes and or championship committee chairman Lindsey Tucker. Serving as president of IBF China is Mr. Ruihang Wang. On his designation as president and long range plans, Wang said, “I am extremely proud to accept this designation effective July 2015 as an opportunity to expand the world of boxing in China and promoting the collaboration between two great nations in China and the United States.” Wang continued, “This is a very exciting time for our sport and we see immense growth opportunities on a multi-cultural and cross-border basis in this field of boxing. In collaboration with our promoters, boxers and officials, we expect to quickly penetrate the market, enhance the worldwide fan base and discover cross-marketing opportunities. I look forward to promoting IBF matches and commercial activities in Greater China.”

For his part, President Peoples took some time after his recent return from Beijing to sum up the series of meetings and seminars in China and the overall development that is occurring with IBF China:

“We just returned from Crab Island Resort in Beijing, China where we were hosted by Jianq Qiang-IBF Asia Representative, Ruihang Wang-IBF China President.

Both seminars were well attended and received. The second seminar had more advanced material than the first seminar on May 7 and 8. They were well publicized in the Chinese boxing community and definitely generated interest among fans, officials, and gym owners.

There were a few very qualified referees and I was impressed by the consistency of the scoring by the judges. We plan to continue the training process. There were a few officials that I would consider for title fights in the very near future.

I think as we expand into more provinces we will see an increase in the number of officials attending our seminars. IBF Asia is planning an IBF Asia convention that will take place sometime next year. The emphasis of the convention will be on training ring officials, commission members and helping trainers transition to a more professional style of boxing.”

While it is still only speculation at this point, it can be said the China is stumping heavily to host the IBF’s 2016 annual convention in Beijing.

(Special thanks to Jeanette Salazar, Mark Nelson and Joseph Pasquale for their invaluable help, as well as IBF president Daryl Peoples)


Skolgund defeats Cherviak


Erik Skoglund (23-0, 11 KOs) retained his IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title tonight in Nyköping, Sweden with a comprehensive points victory over Oleksandr Cherviak (15-5-1, 5 KOs).

The show signaled the return of big-time boxing to Sweden, with Skoglund’s fight being the first over championship distance since Jimmy Ellis defended the World heavyweight title with a controversial fifteen round decision over Floyd Patterson in September 1968.

In front of a sell-out crowd of 5,232 people, the 24 year-old Swede delivered, continuing his world title charge with a dominant display against the tough Ukrainian.

Cherviak attempted to upset the hometown fighter in the early rounds, but Skoglund soon found his rhythm, and took control of the bout. In round five, Skoglund looked close to stopping the 34 year-old, pushing him back on to the ropes and landing heavy shots to the head and body.

The final round started at a frantic pace, as Skoglund, roared on by his loyal supporters, looked to bring the contest to a premature end, but Cherviak dug deep and was able to take the fight to the judges’ scorecards. After twelve entertaining rounds, Skoglund was ahead 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.

‘’It was a fantastic feeling to be able to fight and defend my title on Swedish soil,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’It really was a historic night, and I want to thank everyone who came out and supported me. I love each and every one of them.

‘’It was indescribable to walk into the arena to such an amazing reception. It’s the best audience I ever had, and probably the best I will ever have. I’m proud to fight in front of these people, and to represent Sweden and Nyköping on such a big stage. This was a gigantic step forward for me and for Swedish boxing.

‘’Cherviak was tough, as I expected him to be, but I stuck to my game plan and I got the job done. He is a good boxer, but I was clearly the better boxer with the better tactics.’’

Cherviak, who more than played his part in evening’s action, was humble in defeat, admitting he had a loss to a superior opponent.

‘’Erik is a very talent boxer,’’ said Cherviak. ‘’And he has a lot of experience for someone of his age. He made it difficult for me, and executed his game plan well. He was the better man on the night. Obviously, I’m disappointed, but I’m thankful for the opportunity, and I wish Erik every success in the future.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland admits he was blown away by the support shown for Skoglund from the Swedish fans, and believes the young fighter has a bright future ahead of him.


‘’What a spectacular show,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’The fights, the fans, the atmosphere – nothing could have gone better. This was a great advert for boxing, and the perfect night to announce the return of boxing to Sweden. Erik was sensational, he shows a maturity far beyond his years. No doubt about it, we are looking at a future super star.’’

Han Dominates Joseph, wins IBF female belt

By David Finger at ringside

It was a long time coming for the city of El Paso, but she now has a world champion. There is arguably no better boxing town in America than the Sun City, but until last night at the Don Haskins Center, boxing fans from the border town never witnesses a local fighter win a major world title. There were many who came close. David Rodriguez seemed like he had the potential to end the drought when he built up his record to 36-0. But his career fell short after a pair of upset knockout losses derailed his title dreams. Antonio Escalante looked like he might pull it off after winning the NABO super bantamweight title in 2008, rocketing him into the WBO world rankings. But after an impressive decision over Mickey Roman in 2010 the dream came to an end for Escalante when he was defeated by Daniel Ponce De Leon in a WBO featherweight title eliminator. And prior to last night Juan Lazcano was the man who came the closest, having won the fringe IBA lightweight title in the same arena back in 2003 before he defeated Stevie Johnson in a WBC lightweight title eliminator. But Lazcano came up short the following year in his quest for a WBC title when he lost a close decision to Jose Luis Castillo.

But in front of an excited local crowd, the drought ended as Jennifer Han put forth the best performance of her career, dominating Nigerian Helen Joseph over ten rounds. There was no question going into the fight that this would be a classic boxer-puncher matchup. Han, having only scored one knockout in sixteen fights, was seen as a slick boxer who used speed and boxing to befuddle her opponents. Although little was known of Joseph here in the United States, what was known was that she was a head hitter, having pulled together a handful of impressive knockouts, including a first round knockout over Marianna Ulyas in her last fight for the IBF intercontinental female featherweight title.

But from the opening round Han was determined not to let Helen Joseph show the Sun City how much she packed in her punches, boxing effectively from the outside and quickly establishing her advantage in speed and skill. Han moved around the ring well, peppering the aggressive Joseph with jabs. On several occasions Joseph was able to cut the ring and land a few of her thudding shots, but by in large they had little impact on Han, who either smothered the punches or covered up. Jennifer Han then closed the round with a beautiful flurry to put an exclamation point on the round.

Han continued to dominate the second round behind her footwork and jab, but disaster nearly struck in round three. Midway through the round a short counter sent Han to the canvas. Although Han argued it was the result of a slip, referee Daniel Sandoval disagreed and administered the count. Regardless of if Han was legitimately knocked down or not (press row was split) it was enough to light a fire in Helen Joseph and she fought aggressively to close out the round. Han, perhaps angry at the knockdown and looking to make a point, seemed to want to exchange with Joseph, standing inside with Joseph, Han fired a hard two punch combinations as Joseph stalked her. But a hard hook in the closing second of the round that clipped the chin of Han cemented what would be a big round for Helen Joseph.

Han returned to what was working for her in round four and again boxed effectively against Helen Joseph, who started to show signs of slowing down. By round five it looked as if Han might be able to pull of the unthinkable and stop the rugged Helen Joseph as a wicked combination in the closing seconds of the round seemed to stagger Joseph slightly. But Joseph seemed to come back in the sixth as Han began to stand in front of Helen Joseph more and let the Nigerian land more shots than she had been to in the previous five rounds.

“Keep boxing!” Abraham Han yelled from ringside as Jennifer stood in front of Helen Joseph much to the chagrin of her corner, “stay away from her!”

Han seemed to respond well to the instructions from her brother as she returned to the jab to close out the round. It would be Helen Joseph’s last round as Han would close out the final four rounds by putting on a boxing clinic. Han peppered her visibly winded opponent with lightning fast combinations and jabs, and by round nine it was clear that all she had tro do was stay upright to win the fight. Still, Han was leaving nothing to chance and boxed effectively against her aggressive opponent in round nine. Although Helen Joseph fought with the desperation and determination of a fighter trailing badly going into the last round of a title fight, she was unable to find the chin of Han in round ten. Han continued to box well and refused to give the round to Joseph, even though she clearly had the decision in the bag.

The scorecards were academic as Han won by wide margins on all three cards. Joel Elizondo scored the fight 97-92 for Han, while Chris Flores scored the fight 98-92 for Han. Judge Joel Garcia scored the fight 98-91 for Han, with all three judges giving Joseph third round and two judges giving her the second round. With the win Jennifer Han improves to 13-3-1, 1 KO while Helen Joseph drops to 12-3-1, 7 KOs.

“This was my best, toughest, most awesome fight I ever fought,” an ecstatic Han said at the post fight press conference. “I have no words for how happy I feel right now. This is the best feeling ever.”

Barthelemy-Shafikov Heads To November 14th Date

By Yuri Tarantin

Russian's Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 13KOs) has a set date for his bout against Rances Barthelemy (23-0, 13KOs) of Cuba.

According to Ural Boxing Promotions, who co-promote Shafikov with Top Rank, they were advised that a date of November 14th was being finalized at a venue in Las Vegas.

Shafikov and Barthelemy will battle for the vacant IBF lightweight championship. The belt was vacated by Mickey Bey who refused to go forward with a bout against Shafikov.

Premier Boxing Champions is being discussed as the television platform for this match. The exact network has yet to be determined.

This will be Shafikov's second shot at a world title He previously challenged former champion Miguel Vasquez and lost a twelve round decision.

Barthelemy was competing in his last fight as a junior welterweight, where he dominated former champion Antonio DeMarco. Upon receiving news of a title shot opportunity, he announced that he would move down in weight to accept the fight.