While many expect Canelo Alvarez to face Demetrius Andrade or Gennady Golovkin in his next fight, the governing body of his newest title have other ideas.
Alvarez, who won the IBF title on May 4th from Daniel Jacobs, has been ordered by the governing body to defend his title against mandatory opponent Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
The moved, reported on Wednesday by Boxing Scene, gives Alvarez and Derevyanchenko’s teams until June 14th to come to terms for a fight before a purse bid scheduled at IBF headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey.
The IBF set up a similar scenario for Golovkin when he was IBF champion in 2018, calling for GGG to defend his title against Derevyanchenko instead of a highly anticipated rematch against Alvarez.
Instead of facing the mandatory challenger, Golovkin would face Vanes Martirosyan in May, who replaced Alvarez due to a failed drug test, and then would vacate the title to face Alvarez in September.
Derevyanchenko would finally get his shot at the vacant title against Daniel Jacobs, who would defeat the mandatory challenger in October via split-decision.
The Ukranian boxer would then regain his mandatory status winning a decision over Jack Culcay in April, and a potential fight with Alvarez.
The most likely scenario will see Alvarez vacate the title and focus on a defense in September against either Andrade, Golovkin, or back at super middleweight, where he won a title in December 2018 against Rocky Fielding.
Report: Boxing Scene