Jacobs-Dervyanchenko Ordered For Vacant IBF Belt

The man who didn’t get a deal with Gennady Golovkin, and the man who Canelo Alvarez views as the “break glass” option if GGG doesn’t agree to a deal, have been ordered to fight one another by the IBF.

ESPN reported Tuesday evening that mandatory challenger for the vacant IBF middleweight title Sergey Derevyanchenko has been ordered to face Daniel Jacobs for the title.

The IBF sent a letter to Derevyanchenko’s promoter Lou DiBella and Jacobs’ promoter Eddie Hearn with the order for the two sides to begin negotiations and negotiate a purse split by July 11th. If the two sides are unable to come to a deal, a 50-50 purse split would be enacted by the organization.

“I’ve made both Danny and Sergey aware of the IBF’s decision ordering them to start negotiations to fight for the vacant title,” Keith Connolly, who manages both fighters, told ESPN.

“I will down with each guy over the next few days to try to make as friendly a deal as possible. I will also be communicating with Eddie, Al (Haymon, Derevyanchenko’s adviser) and Lou. In the meantime I will also see if the Canelo option is really a viable option.”

Jacobs has had his name bandied about by Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez as a replacement for Gennady Golovkin if he refuses to agree to a 57.5 and a 42.5 percent fight split for a September 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Original Report: ESPN

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