As BoxingScene.com previously reported, on Wednesday the Nevada State Athletic Commission stripped Kenichi Ogawa of his IBF super featherweight title, which he won by beating Tevin Farmer on Dec 9, after the 30-year-old's pre-fight tests were positive for two forms of androstanediol.
The Teiken Gym, where Ogawa (23-1) trains, said on Thursday that the NSAC had also invalidated the fight and fined the boxer 20 per cent of his prize purse.
Ogawa's suspension has also been backdated to the first time he tested positive and his ban will be lifted on June 9.
In light of the recent events, the International Boxing Federation has now ordered Famer and former world champion Billy Dib to collide in the ring for the vacant super featherweight crown.
Farmer and Dib were given 30 days to negotiate a deal - which ends on May 3. Initially they were ordered to negotiate for the interim-title and now the fight has been upgraded to the vacant belt.
If no deal is reached by May 3rd, then the IBF will order a mandatory purse bid. If eight boxer refuses to take part, then the IBF will replace them with the highest ranked available challenger.
Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KOs), who many felt had easily won the contest with Ogawa, has been out of the ring since that loss.
Dib, a former IBF featherweight champion, has won four in a row since getting knocked out by then WBC champion Takashi Miura in May of 2015.
Dib was being trained by veteran coach Robert Garcia for one fight last year, but then he started training under Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech. Dib had two fights in 2017, with a July contest ending in a no-contest due to a clash of heads early in the fight. The last time Dib saw action was back in December, when he picked up a stay-busy eight round decision win.