The World Boxing Federation (WBF) is a sanctioning organization currently recognizing professional boxing world champions. Its offices are located in Luxembourg. The World Boxing Federation was originally established in early 1988 in Bristol, Tennessee (USA) by its founder and inaugural president Larry Carrier, who was popular as the owner of the Bristol International Raceway. In the following year, the WBF held its first championship bouts and Carrier passed on the presidency of the organization to Ron Scalf. In 2003, Scalf resigned as president and the organization faced troubled times. From 2003 to 2004, Londoner Jonathan Feld tried to rescue the sanctioning body and acted as its president from England. However, despite huge efforts, he was ultimately not successful and forced to step down when the original WBF company was finally dissolved.
After a five-year interregnum period, during which an obscure private entity used the letter acronym to sanction boxing bouts, by the end of 2009, the World Boxing Federation was finally re-established under its original name as a non-profit sports organization properly registered in the state of Luxembourg. South African Howard Goldberg, from Cape Town, an experienced boxing administrator for many years, assumed the position of president, with former president Ron Scalf lending his support for the first half year in the position as vice president.
In just over three years since, the re-founded WBF has sanctioned over 130 championship contests worldwide, regaining and actually exceeding its former status and became a serious contender to the few more established sanctioning groups in boxing today.