IBA Champions throughout the Years; the
Federation continues to be a powerful force in the sport!
by Sue TL Fox
September 7, 2014
(SEPT 7) Throughout the many years that the
International Boxing Association has been in existence they
have had many top champions that include some of the most
noted men and women professional boxers past and present in
In the past, the IBA has crowned boxers, i.e., Oscar De La
Hoya, who know promotes the sport with Golden Boy
Promotions; Sugar Shane Mosley, who defeated De La Hoya for
an IBA Title; Beibut Shumenov; Roy Jones Jr.; Fernando Vargas in
2001; Antonio Tarver; Roberto Duran; Glen Johnson;
Calvin Brock; Oliver "Atomic Bull" McCall; Laila
"She Bee Stingin" Ali, Suzy Taylor; Deborah Nichols; Kelsey
Jeffries; Sumya "Island Girl" Anani; Mia "The Knockout" St. John; Holly Holm, and the list goes on and on.
The president of the IBA, Dean Chance was an All Star right-handed
pitcher whose baseball career was cut short by injuries, may never make it
into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. But, as president of the
International Boxing Association (IBA), he works with many Hall of Fame
Chance, an intimidating 6'3", 225-pounder with a blazing fastball and an
explosive slider, played for 11 seasons in the Major Leagues. Born June 1,
1941 in Wayne County, Ohio, Dean turned pro in 1959 and reached The Show in
1961 with the Los Angeles Angels.
Bob Case, IBA Vice President (left) Bruce Trampler, Dean Chance, Wife of Bob
Among Dean's career highlights: a complete game no-hitter in 1964, 292
innings pitched in 1968, 39 games started and 18 complete games in 1967, 234
strikeouts in 1968, and shares the major league record of six 1-0 complete
game wins in a season. Lifetime stats: 406 games, 294 starts, 128 wins, 115
losses, 33 shutouts, 23 saves, 2.92 lifetime ERA, 2148 innings pitched, 1864
hits, 1534 strikeouts, and 739 walks. Named right-handed "American League
Pitcher of the Decade" (1960s) by The Sporting News.
In 1964, Chance started the All Star Game at Shea Stadium, and won the Cy
Young Award, when only one such honor was given between the two leagues.
Highlights of Dean's phenomenal '64 campaign included a 20-9 record, a
league-leading 1.65 ERA, and an amazing 11 shutouts among his 15 complete
games. And, despite starting 35 games that year, Chance also pitched in
relief 11 times and recorded four saves.
Traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1967, Dean represented the American League
and again started the All Star Game in Anaheim, ironically the home park of
his former club, the California Angels. Chance also repeated as a 20-game
Dean was dealt to his hometown Cleveland Indians in 1970, then went to the
New York Mets near the end of that season. He finished his career with the
Detroit Tigers in 1971.
Dean once went 14 innings against the Washington Senators, leaving with the
score 0-0, and was known as the "Yankee Killer" because of his many wins
over New York. He faced many future Hall of Famers in his career, but his
statistics suffered from continually playing with inferior ballclubs. In
today's market, Chance would earn in excess of $7.5 million per season, a
fortune but not as much as Oscar De La Hoya earns per fight!
The IBA continues to be a powerful federation in the sport, and they have
world title fights, and other categories of the IBA belt, that take place