IBF Will Not Strip GGG Of Middleweight Title
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) will allow Gennady Golovkin to keep his middleweight belt for his upcoming fight against Vanes Martirosyan with a caveat.
The governing body told ESPN that Golovkin has been granted an exception to fight Martirosyan on May 5 and not risk getting stripped of his belt. The IBF did say that Golovkin would then have to fight Sergiy Derevyanchenko within 90 days of the May 5 fight or by August 3, 2018 or risk getting stripped of the title. The IBF title will not be on the line against Martirosyan because Martirosyan is coming off a loss, is a junior middleweight moving up in weight and he has not fought in two years, according to the IBF.
The report also said that Golovkin has “to indemnify, hold harmless and otherwise reimburse the IBF for any legal fees or other expenses related to the granting of this exception, including, but not limited to, the cost attendant to any resultant litigation.”
Derevyanchenko is Golovkin’s mandatory challenger for the IBF title. Golovkin, who also owns the WBA, WBC and IBO titles, is fighting Martirosyan at the StubHub Center on May 5 after Saul “Canelo” Alvarez withdrew from a rematch against Golovkin after testing positive twice for traces of clenbuterol.
Original Story: ESPN