IBF Orders Canelo To Face William Scull

The IBF has ordered Canelo Alvarez to defend his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title against the number-one-ranked contender William Scull next.

The news means Alvarez has 28 days to make a deal with Scull before purse bids are ordered. Alvarez is coming off a unanimous decision win against Jaime Munguia. After the victory, Alvarez doubled down on his claim that he would only fight David Benavidez for big money, around $200 million.

He qualified those comments, saying he would take some time off before deciding his next move. Canelo faced his mandatory  when the WBC ordered him to face Avni Yildirim in 2021. The win allowed Canelo to unify against Billy Joe Saunders. He then faced John Ryder, his WBO mandatory, beating him via a unanimous decision. Scull is 22-0, with 9 knockouts. He fought on the Canelo-Munguia card, beating Sean Hemphill via a unanimous decision. 

The fight with Scull is unlikely to sell, leaving Alvarez with a decision to make over whether he relinquishes the belt. Fights with Benavidez and Terence Crawford are the ones boxing fans are behind. Benavidez said he will only come down to 168 for Canelo as he will box Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Belt on June 15. Reports also indicate the Saudis want to make Canelo vs. Crawford, leaving Alvarez with a choice to make. 

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