IBF To Rule On GGG-Derevyanchenko Situation Soon
With the likelihood of Gennady Golovkin facing Canelo Alvarez later this year, the IBF will make a ruling on whether or not it will enforce its previously ordered bout of Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Following a lengthy meeting between the IBF, Golovkin’s camp and Derevyanchenko’s camp, the governing body has announced it will decide in 10 days what the final ruling regarding Golovkin facing Derevyanchenko next or be stripped of the belt.
In recent weeks, the IBF ordered Golovkin to face Derevyanchenko, who has been Golovkin’s mandatory since last year, in the coming months or else Golovkin will be stripped of the title. Golovkin was supposed to face Alvarez on May 5, but after Alvarez tested positive for traces of clenbuterol, Golovkin had to scramble to find an opponent for May 5 which turned out to be Vanes Martirosyan.
The IBF granted an exception for Golovkin to face Martirosyan instead of facing Derevyanchenko on May 5, but the governing body did not sanction that fight, which took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Only Golovkin’s WBA and WBC titles were defended on May 5.
Even with the possibility of Golovkin being stripped of the IBF, Golovkin and promoter Tom Loeffler are still negotiating a rematch against Alvarez for September when Alvarez’s drug suspension handed to him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission ends.
Original Story: Boxing Scene