MIDDLEWEIGHTS are in a state of flux as the IBF have stripped Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez of the IBF world title and the division is vying for the biggest fight possible. The news was first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic Boxing.
Negotiations between Canelo Alvarez and the IBF mandatory challenger, Sergey Derevyanchenko are dead in the water, leading the federation to strip Canelo of that world title.
The move has opened up the division with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Demetrius Andrade clamoring to make a deal with their next opponent.
‘GGG’ Gennady Golovkin looks set to face Sergey Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF belt. Canelo will go on as the WBA super, WBC world and WBC franchise champion.
If Golovkin wins the the vacant IBF strap, it would add selling power to an already anticipated trilogy fight between Golovkin and Canelo.
No deal is in place for Derevyanchenko vs Golovkin but negotiations are expected to be smooth as an unofficial deal had already been made. Derevyanchenko knew that Golovkin would be the next choice should a bout with Canelo fall through.
The bout is expected to take place on October 5 at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin has a multi-fight broadcasting deal with streaming platform DAZN.
Rumors suggest that Canelo will now look to make a unification fight with WBO champion, Demetrius Andrade.