In boxing, there are four major world championship governing bodies: the WBC, WBA, WBO, and IBF.
The IBF (International Boxing Federation) is one of the younger governing bodies, beginning operations in 1984. Their rankings and championship title shots were almost immediately paid for, by $338,000 in bribes.
The IBF's rankings would depend on the merit of the boxers in their particular division, but fighters with a big-pocket promoter, like Don King, could pay to advance.
Bribes from big promoters ensured their fighters stayed ranked above other fighters just getting by.
This scheme would go on for over 13 years before an investigation was made, and IBF President Robert Lee was arrested, along with three other officials who were charged with taking bribes.
Over 23 boxers and 7 promoters, including Don King and Top Rank's Bob Arum, were revealed to have been involved in fights tainted by bribes.
Arum said he paid $100,000 in 1995 to have George Foreman not have to face his mandatory.
The IBF fed Foreman Alex Schulz, who was defeated by majority decision.
In the end, Lee was convicted on bribery charges and served 22 months in prison and paid $25,000 in fines.