IBF Won’t Sanction GGG-Martirosyan

Gennady Golovkin’s quest to fight on May 5th has hit another roadblock, as one of the IBF will not sanction a fight against confirmed opponent Vanes Martirosyan.

In a report from ESPN’s Dan Rafael on Wednesday, Vanes Martirosyan will be the opponent for Golovkin on May 5th at Carson, California’s StubHub Center.

The deal has not only been confirmed by Loeffler, but the California State Athletic Commission as well as the WBC and WBA have approved Martirosyan as his opponent.

IBF attorney Linda P. Torres sent a letter on Tuesday to Gennady Golovkin’s attorney Ron DiNicola, and Alex Dombroff, the attorney for promoter Lou DiBella, promoter of  IBF mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko, outlining the reasons for the IBF’s refusal the grant approval for Golovkin-Martirosyan, a source with knowledge of the letter told ESPN.

“If Golovkin goes ahead with the bout against Martirosyan, the IBF said it would invoke its rule 5.H, which states, “If a champion participates in an unsanctioned contest within his prescribed weight limit, the title will be declared vacant whether the champion wins or loses the bout. The championships committee, with the approval of the (IBF) president, will then establish a new champion in that division in accordance with the procedures established and prescribed in these rules.”

Per Rafael, the sanctioning body does have a rule allowing Golovkin to seek an exception to a mandatory fight, but the IBF seems to be dead set against giving Martirosyan a shot at their title. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler knows of the IBF’s letter, and told ESPN that Golovkin plans to fight May 5th, and will be seeking the exception.

“Gennady is a proud champion of the IBF and, as a unified world champion, he looks forward to remaining champion for a long time and defending his middleweight titles many more times,” Loeffler said.


Original Story: ESPN


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