Gennady Golovkin Stripped Of IBF Title
Not only has Gennady Golovkin possibly lost his chance to fight Canelo Alvarez, now he’s lost one of his world titles.
The IBF, based out of Springfield, New Jersey, have stripped Golovkin of his title after not coming to terms with mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
The decision was passed down to the promoters of both fighters on Wednesday afternoon, the deadline set by the sanctioning body to allow Golovkin an exemption, possibly for a fight with Alvarez.
Golovkin and his team personally asked for the exception in May, at a meeting in Newark, New Jersey, with Golovkin imploring the organization to allow him to keep the title, instead of losing it out of the ring.
Derevyanchenko’s promoter, Lou DiBella, began to make the push for his fighter’s title shot earlier this year, following Canelo Alvarez being pulled from his May 5th fight against Golovkin. That spot would end up going to Vanes Martirosyan,
Derevyanchenko became IBF’s middleweight mandatory when he defeated Tureano Johnson in August 2017.
Golovkin may lose one of his other titles, as WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman claims that if Golovkin and Alvarez do not come to terms, Golovkin must face interim champion Jermall Charlo.