By Mark Elezaj
The IBF has ordered Gennady Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko to meet for its vacant middleweight world title on Monday. They sent a letter to both camps asking them to start their negotiations immediately for a fight that will be for the IBF world title, that was stripped from Canelo Alvarez last Thursday.
“The IBF middleweight title was declared vacant on August 1, 2019. The IBF is therefore ordering that a bout take place between the two highest ranked contenders to fill this vacancy,” wrote IBF championships chairman Carlos Ortiz Jr. to Alex Dombroff, the attorney for Derevyanchenko, his promoter Lou DiBella, and John Hornewer, the attorney representing GGG Promotions.
Both camps have up to 30 days to come to an agreement. They then have up to 15 days to submit the signed contracts to the IBF.
If neither camp can make a deal, the IBF will move forward and order a purse bid.
Promoter Lou DiBella recently told ESPN that he did not think a purse bid would be necessary.
“We knew the letter was coming and we’ve already been talking, and I’m very confident in short order that we will be able to close a deal,” DiBella said.
We will update you as more news is made available.
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