BoxingScene.com has been advised that the International Boxing Federation has ordered a super featherweight eliminator between #3, Billy Dib (42-4, 24 KOs) and #7, Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs).
The current champion is undefeated Gervonta Davis.
Dib and Fonseca were two highest ranked contenders who were willing to compete in a final eliminator. The sanctioning body has told both sides to conclude their negotiations by August 14, 2017.
Davis captured the world title earlier this year, when he knocked out undefeated Jose Pedraza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He then traveled over to the UK and knocked out mandatory challenger Liam Walsh.
Davis is now scheduled to make a voluntary defense in the co-featured position on next month's huge card, which features Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor in the main event. That card is set for August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fonseca saw action in March, when he picked up a quick knockout win. The boxer, who never fought on American soil and campigned for most of his career in Costa Rica, has stopped his last five opponents in a row.
Dib, a former IBF featherweight champion, has won three in a row since getting knocked out by then WBC champion Takashi Miura in May of 2015.
Dib is now being trained by veteran coach Robert Garcia. They had their first fight together this past Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Mikey Garcia defeated Adrien Broner in the main event. Dib's fight with Yardley Cruz ended early, when a clash of heads in the third round created a cut on Cruz and he said he was unable to continue - which caused a no-contest to be ruled by the New York Commission.