Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko: IBF Orders Purse Bid For July 5

By Keith Idec

The IBF ordered a purse bid Monday for the Sergiy Derevyanchenko-Daniel Jacobs fight for its vacant middleweight title.

Lou DiBella, Derevyanchenko’s promoter, asked the IBF to call for the purse bid because he hasn’t made progress on a deal with Eddie Hearn, Jacobs’ promoter. If DiBella and Hearn can come to an agreement before the purse bid, scheduled for July 5 at the IBF’s headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, it’ll be canceled.

The IBF ordered a bout between Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs), who’s ranked No. 1 by the IBF, and the third-rated Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) on June 11.


Brooklyn’s Jacobs and Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko are trained by the same man, Andre Rozier. Keith Connolly, who manages Derevyanchenko and Jacobs, told recently that they’re still willing to fight for the IBF’s 160-pound title (

Jacobs and Derevyanchenko spar against one another often.

They’ll fight for the title the IBF surprisingly stripped from Gennady Golovkin on June 6. The IBF stripped Golovkin of its middleweight title for failing to adhere to terms to an exception the IBF granted Golovkin to fight Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in Carson, California.

Derevyanchenko was the mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s IBF 160-pound championship. Golovkin requested another exception to delay that bout during an IBF hearing last month, but the IBF took Golovkin’s title from him for failing to adhere to the stipulations of the exception it granted him to fight Martirosyan.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin fought Martirosyan, who lost by second-round knockout, on short notice because Canelo Alvarez’s six-month suspension for failing two performance-enhancing drug tests forced him to withdraw April 3 from his rematch against Golovkin. That pay-per-view fight had been scheduled for May 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

According to the IBF’s agreement with Golovkin, Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, was supposed to begin negotiations with DiBella on May 7. They were supposed to schedule a Golovkin-Derevyanchenko bout within 90 days of May 5, by August 3.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by stealthradon on 06-27-2018

[QUOTE=REYESdelBOXEO;18894476]Your right Vanes was a monster & the 2004 according to GGG hahaha. What an epic challenge GGG picked.[/QUOTE] That's sooner than the biggest challenges that your idol Clenelo faced was good.

Comment by REYESdelBOXEO on 06-27-2018

[QUOTE=Bjl12;18891302]How coward??? He fought incognito monster VANES. What a Warrior XD XD XD[/QUOTE] Your right Vanes was a monster & the 2004 according to GGG hahaha. What an epic challenge GGG picked.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=S7V7N;18893663]Expect J-Rock to outbox Inoue who doesn't really pack a punch. The line behind Hurd sure is stacking up already though, especially with this rotator cuff shoulder injury he needs to recover from. IBF mandatory will be ordered after this…

Comment by S7V7N on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18892663]IBF was very busy! Did you see this? "A deal was made for the junior middleweight world title eliminator between Julian “J Rock” Williams (25-1, 15 KOs), 28, of Philadelphia, and Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs), 28, of Japan, so…

Comment by Kali_KO on 06-26-2018

IBF stripped GGG for this fight and these guys can’t even make a deal? What a terrible move on the IBF part to strip their best champion. DiBella claimed he could make a fight with GGG in a week for…

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