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International Boxing Association (IBA) relaunched worldwide by new sports group

VENTNOR CITY, N.J. (August 22, 2017) – The International Boxing Association
(IBA) has been relaunched worldwide by a sports group headed by the new IBA
president, *J.C. Courreges*.

In 1991, two-time Major League Baseball all-star pitcher and Cy Young Award
winner *Dean Chance* founded the IBA, guiding the international sanctioning
body until his death in 2015.

“The IBA will carry on in the spirit and memory of former IBA president and
founder, the late Dean Chance,” Courreges said. “Our mission continues to
be providing professional boxers, male and female, at all stages of their
respective careers, the opportunity to fight for an internationally
recognized World or Regional title.”

Courreges has an extensive, invaluable background in boxing as a promoter
and manager. He promoted Hall-of-Famer *Roberto Duran*, as well as former
world champions *Trevor Berbick*, *John Mugabi*, *Frankie Randal*l, *John
David Jackson*, *Tom Johnson *and 1984 Olympic gold medalist* Steve McCrory*,
among the more notables. J.C. also managed world champions *Henry
Akinwande,*
*Byron Mitchell*, *Christophe Tiozzoe*, *Aaron Davis*, *Victor Cordova* and
current WBC cruiserweight world champion and IBA titlist, *Mairis Briedis*.

“IBA President J.C. Courreges is no stranger to the world of big-time
professional boxing,” IBA Vice President *Jean Philippe* *Lustyk *noted. “He
managed several top-level fighters to significant World Championships. J.C.
also promoted several events involving World Champion Roberto ‘Hands of
Stone’ Duran. Needless-to-say, IBAPresident J.C. Courreges’ experience in
the world of combat sports is second to none.”

The long, prestigious list of IBA world champions during the past
quarter-century includes Hall-of-Famers *Oscar de la Hoya*, *George Foreman*
, *Roberto Duran *and *Arturo Gatti*, as well as stars such as *Roy Jones,
Jr.,* *Bernard Hopkins*, *Shane Mosely*, *James Toney*, *Mikkel Kessler*, *Eric
Morales*, *Diego Corrales*, *Jose Luis Castillo*, *Glen Johnson* and *Antonio
Tarver*.

The IBA was also a pioneer in terms of giving deserved recognition to
women’s boxing, represented by former IBA world champions *Laila Ali*, *Mia
St. John* and *Holly Holm*.

Based in Ventnor City, New Jersey, the IBA also has an office in Florida.
The IBA is establishing international representatives around the world in
Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

The following championships are sanctioned by the IBA: World,
Inter-Continental, Continental, Americas and Latino, as well as South
Pacific, Caribbean, European, African and and Asian regional titles.

In addition to Latvia-native Breidis (22-0, 18 KOs), current IBA champions
include IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion *Denis Liebau* (22-1, 20 KOs)
and IBA Continental cruiserweight *Sotorios Georgikeas* (17-1, 15 KOs, both
representing Germany.

IBA Executive Committee members are J.C. Courreges, President; *Stephane
Cabrera*, Vice President, Lustyk, Vice President; and *Bruno Wartelle*,
Ratings Chairman; *Klaus Hagemann* and *Steve Smoger* are Co-Chairmen of
the IBA Officials Committee.

“The IBA has been and will continue to be a sanctioning body that grants
opportunity to fighters at all levels of experience to compete in
championship bouts.” Wartelle explained. “Young, rising and qualified
fighters can participate in IBA Regional title bouts, while veteran
fighters with appropriate records and qualifications may compete on the
world title level. Any qualified fighter from anywhere in the world can
fight for an IBA title. The IBA is an equal opportunity sanctioning body!”