Korean American Messer-Caminschi named new IFBA commissioner

March 22, 2016
Kim Messer-Caminschi, second from left, has worked closely with Shane Mosley.

Kim Messer-Caminschi, second from left, has worked closely with Shane Mosley, right.

Former world champion Korean American boxer and a kickboxer Kim Messer-Caminschi was recently named commissioner of the International Female Boxing Association (IFBA).

After guiding the organization she founded for 19 years, IFBA President Judy Kulis stepped down from her post, and turned over the reigns of the organization to Messer-Caminschi effective immediately.

The two were effectively responsible for starting women’s boxing in Korea.

In her new role as the commissioner, Messer-Caminschi will directly be responsible for day-to-day operations, fight sanctioning and all business dealings involving the IFBA. She has been serving as IFBA’s director of boxing operations since 2010.

Judy Kulis, middle, was always able to attract the biggest names in women’s boxing to fight for IFBA titles, and helped grow the sport internationally with dozens of fights throughout Asia and even bringing over Choi Shin-hee, to her left, to the U.S. to fight.

Judy Kulis, middle, was always able to attract the biggest names in women’s boxing to fight for IFBA titles, and even brought over former Korean champion Choi Shin-hee, to her left, to the U.S. to fight.

“With her longtime experience in women’s professional boxing, including as an IFBA World Champion, to the last 5 plus years working as an IFBA executive, I have seen the multitude of talents that Kim brings to the role. She has the passion, experience and tactical approach to lead the IFBA for a new generation of fighters,” said Kulis.

Kim Messer-Caminschi won the IFBA title in Seoul in 1999.

Kim Messer-Caminschi won the IFBA Junior Flyweight title in Seoul, Korea, in 2000.

Messer-Caminschi served a distinguished reign as the IFBA Jr. Flyweight World Champion before retiring in 2001.

“I’m very excited to take over as IFBA Commissioner. I understand the challenges women’s boxing faces from both a fighter and a promoter’s point of view and I am certain I can help grow the sport,” said Messer-Caminschi. “From the beginning, the IFBA has always supported and believed in the potential of female boxing.  With a renewed dedication and support from managers, fighters and promoters, a new chapter is about to begin. I look forward to hearing from all of you who want to compete under the IFBA banner.”

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