The Women’s International Boxing Council-known as the WIBC, began in 2002 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by former World Kickboxing Champion Jeff Gibson.
The WIBC was created as a platform to showcase the talent of world class female professional boxers, who up to that time, boxed in relative obscurity.
Gibson started with a bang on 21 December 2002 with his world title card at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida featuring a “who’s who” of women’s boxing.
Results were the legendary Ann Wolfe TKOing Martha Valley for the WIBC Super Middleweight title, Deborah “Sunshine” Kettfether defeating former world champion Mitzi Jeter, Lisa Brown winning by decision over Karen Martin, Marianne Chubirka over Gracie Roca, and Yvonne Reis defeating Bonnie Mann.
Jeff continued to promote combat sports events but realized the conflict of interest controlling the WIBC and promoting presented; thus he contacted Don “Moose” Lewis, Chairman of the IBU-International Boxing Union to sell the organization.
The transaction was completed in 2004 with the WIBC being relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and sanctioning its first world title under new direction on 26 December 2004 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana with Gwendolyn O’Neil capturing the WIBC World Light Heavyweight title against Krystal Lessey.
Since that time, the WIBC has sanctioned world title fights in the USA, Netherlands Antilles, Trinidad and Tobago, Hungary, and Germany.
Former champions during this era include Leona Brown, Teresa Perozzi, Penthouse feature Hollie Dunaway, supermodel Krisztina Belinszky, iconic Natascha Ragosina, and calendar girl Lisa Garland-who made history fighting the first 10 round world championship fight with 3 minute rounds on 2 March 2012 in Franklin (Nashville), Tennessee, USA.
The WIBC undertook a major transition following the appointment of Marianne Marston as President in May 2019.
Marston’s first move was to relocate the WIBC headquarters to the United Kingdom, the second being the formation of a new international board, with representation drawn from five regions – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana.
Her first appointments to the WIBC board being renowned female boxers, as well as qualified referees/judges Bena Kaloki from Kenya and Sheila Cunha from Brazil and highly experienced Commission officials Vikki Duong from Vietnam, Willeke Carli from Italy, Fatima Martinez from Paraguay and Dr Angela Jones from the United Kingdom.