Alvarez Team Surprised By IBF Order
Earlier this week, Canelo Alvarez was ordered by the IBF to defend his newly won middleweight title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko by August 4th.
Alvarez won the title less than two weeks ago, taking a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Negotiations should commence immediately and be concluded by June 15, 2019,” the IBF wrote, going on to add the fight must take place “on or before” August 4.
While the IBF is looking to force an Alvarez-Derevyanchenko showdown by August 4th, Golden Boy, Alvarez promoters were shocked by the immediate move by the governing body.
“It’s really surprising and unfortunate that we didn’t get a congratulations letter [from the IBF] like we would in the past,” Eric Gomez, Golden Boy Promotions president, said to ESPN. “We will be meeting with Canelo in the next week or so to see what he would like to do.”
While Alvarez and his team huddle, it seems clear that the IBF is looking to leverage Alvarez out of the title picture, not only with the mandatory opponent in Derevyanchenko, but with the date of August 4th, when Alvarez usually reserves his second fight of the year during Mexican Independence Day weekend in September.
Even with a potential extension or an exemption to unify against WBO champion Demetrius Andrade or his June opponent Maciej Sulecki. the odds may not be in the popular Mexican fighter’s favor.