The International Boxing Association holds elite World Championships for men, women and youth boxers.


Men's World Championships

The International Boxing Association (IBA) can trace its men's World Championships back to the first edition in Havana in Cuba in 1974.

On that occasion the gold medallists included Cuban Teófilo Stevenson, who would end his career as a triple Olympic champion at heavyweight.

Tashkent in Uzbekistan is now due to host the next edition of the flagship event, in May 2023, with the competition on a two-year cycle.

This will be the 22nd World Championships held and prize money is set to double.

Serbian capital Belgrade held the most recent edition of the Championships in 2021 after it was moved from New Delhi in India.

Eighty-eight countries and 510 boxers were represented at the Štark Arena.

Cuba topped the medal table with three golds and two bronze medals, in front of Kazakhstan who ended with two golds, two silver and a bronze.

Twenty-five countries won medals in all.

Belgrade staged the Men's World Championships last time out in 2021 ©IBA
Belgrade staged the Men's World Championships last time out in 2021 ©IBA

For the first time in the IBA's history, medal winners were awarded prize money.

Gold medallists received $100,000 with silver medallists earning $50,000 and bronze medallists taking home $25,000.

The overall prize purse was $2.6 million and belts were also awarded to the champions for the first time.

White gloves replaced the traditional red and blue as the event's official gloves.

This was to "symbolise the fresh start, fairness and transparency of major events" under the IBA banner.


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Women's World Championships

Scranton in the United States hosted the first Women's World Championships in 1991.

The latest edition was the 12th to be held and took place in Istanbul in 2022.

With the event on a two-year rotation, the Championships are due to return in 2023 in New Delhi in India after the gathering in Turkey was delayed due to COVID-19.

New Delhi 2023 is scheduled to be the first event where digital evaluation and bout review will be introduced.

In Istanbul, hosts Turkey dominated as they topped the medal table with five golds and two bronze.

Ireland finished in second place with just two golds, highlighting the strong performance of the home squad.

Twenty-six countries reached the podium in all.

Turkey was the last host of the Women's World Championships in 2022 ©IBA
Turkey was the last host of the Women's World Championships in 2022 ©IBA

Bouts took place at the Başakşehir Youth and Sports Facility. 

As with the men's event in Belgrade, medallists were awarded prize money for the first time in history.

Gold medallists won $100,000, silver medallists earned $50,000 and bronze medallists collected $25,000. 

The overall prize fund was $2.4 million as 310 boxers from 74 countries competed in all.


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Youth World Championships

The next edition of the Youth World Championships is due to take place in La Nucía in Spain between November 14 and 26 in 2022.

Spain was awarded the event in September 2022 and competition will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva Camilo Cano arena.

It will be the first global level boxing event in Spain, in the 100th year of the Spanish Boxing Federation.

Polish city Kielce last staged the Youth World Boxing Championships in April 2021, and it is normally held every two years.

More than 400 boxers aged 17, 18 and 19 from in excess of 50 countries traveled to Poland for the competition at the Hala Legionow Sports Complex.

Twenty sets of medals were on offer in total - 10 for men and 10 for women.

Poland saw off competition from rival bidder Nicaragua to earn the right to host the event, which had been scheduled for November 2020 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The IBA later waived the host fee for the Youth World Boxing Championships as spectators were not allowed at the 3,000-capacity venue for health reasons.

The Youth World Championships last took place in Kielce in Poland in 2021 ©IBA
The Youth World Championships last took place in Kielce in Poland in 2021 ©IBA

India topped the medal table, winning eight golds and three bronzes.

The nation was especially dominant in the women's contests, winning seven of the 10 available world titles.

Twenty-three countries were represented on the various podiums.

The event was tinged with sadness, however, as Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat tragically died more than a week after collapsing during a fight at the tournament.

The 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships was the third edition of the event in a row where men and women competed alongside one another, having done so in Hungarian capital Budapest in 2018 and Sofia in Bulgaria in 2014.

Separate youth events for men and women date back to 1979.