Canelo In-Talks For Middleweight Return
With Gennadiy Golovkin ruled out, Sergey Kovalev fighting Anthony Yarde on August 31st, and Demetrius Andrade seemingly on the backburner, Canelo Alvarez is looking to face one of his mandatory opponents.
Per Boxing Scene, Alvarez and his team at Golden Boy Promotions are negotiating with IBF mandatory Sergiy Derevyanchenko for a fight later this year.
The two were set to have a purse bid on Tuesday at IBF headquarters, but talks have gotten serious enough between Golden Boy and Derevyanchenko’s promoter, Lou DiBella, that the bid was postponed.
While Alvarez cancelled an expected September 14th return last week, it looks as if he and Derevyanchenko will square off either in October or November,
One issue that may arise is DAZN executive chairman John Skipper only signing off on Kovalev and GGG as potential opponents for Canelo’s return, but Alvarez may skate on that as he may be stripped of his IBF title if he does not face the Brooklyn based fighter.
If he did decide to bypass Derevyanchenko, the IBF would most likely strip Alvarez, and set up a fight with the mandatory challenger and Golovkin, who was stripped of the IBF title in 2018 after refusing to fight Derevyanchenko who was his mandatory challenger.
Derevyanchenko would lose to Daniel Jacobs in 2018 for the IBF title, which would be won by Alvarez this past May.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene