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Canelo's Promoter Caught Off Guard By IBF's Mandatory Order

As previously reported by, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has been ordered to defend his new IBF middleweight world title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko by August 4.

The Mexican star defeated Daniel Jacobs on points in Las Vegas on May 4 but has already been told to make a mandatory defence after the International Boxing Federation (IBF) sent a letter to Golden Boy Promotions.

"Negotiations should commence immediately and be concluded by June 15, 2019," the IBF wrote, going on to add the fight must take place "on or before" August 4.

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Alvarez, who also holds the WBA and WBC crowns at middleweight and signed a lucrative deal with broadcaster DAZN last year, will see the fight go up for a purse bid if the two camps do not reach an agreement in time.

"It's really surprising and unfortunate that we didn't get a congratulations letter [from the IBF] like we would in the past," Eric Gomez, Golden Boy Promotions president, said to ESPN. "We will be meeting with Canelo in the next week or so to see what he would like to do."

It is unlikely Alvarez will fight before August 4, with his next outing provisionally scheduled for September 14, the weekend of Mexican Independence Day.

The 28-year-old could request an extension to the date or seek a unification bout in order to avoid his mandatory defence. If a solution is not found, he may have to vacate the newly won belt.

Rival Gennady Golovkin, who he has fought in two epic bouts, has been tipped to face him in a third contest, though the Kazakh must first defeat Steve Rolls on June 8.

Alvarez (52-1-2) could also face the winner of the WBO title fight between unbeaten American Demetrius Andrade and Maciej Sulecki having previously made clear his desire bid to hold all four of the major belts in the division.

Briton Billy Joe Saunders has also called out the in-demand Alvarez this month.

Ukrainian Derevyanchenko, meanwhile, has 13 wins and one defeat – which came against Jacobs via a split-decision verdict last October - on his record.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Bad_Guy on 05-20-2019

So does Charlo become Canelo's mandatory since the IBF is taking a pass on their turn to enforce the mandatory? Or will the WBC president make Charlo the mandatory of a non-belt holder like he's done in the past with…

Comment by Santa_ on 05-20-2019

Hey at least D-Chenko doesn't have to worry about the 10 pound rehyration limit since it's a unification fight. Or does he :dance:

Comment by Blond Beast on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=whatismyname;19752223][QUOTE=Blond Beast;19746784] What's so difficult about it? you'd just have the number one contenders of both orgs fight to have a unified contender for the unified champ.[/QUOTE] All the same reasons it’s so hard to make any fight. We can’t…

Comment by Mr.365 on 05-19-2019

The IBF back off 😂

Comment by whatismyname on 05-18-2019

[QUOTE=Blond Beast;19746784][QUOTE=whatismyname;19746679]unified champs should have unified contenders. This is just bs[/QUOTE U couldn’t even begin to pretend to know how ud make that work.[/QUOTE] What's so difficult about it? you'd just have the number one contenders of both orgs fight…

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