The world champion under versions WBC, WBA Super, IBF Middleweight champion Mexican Saul Alvarez is not obliged to carry out the following fight with the Ukrainian Sergey Derevyanchenko, who is the mandatory Challenger for the IBF line.
Earlier, the IBF ordered the part of Alvarez and Derevyanchenko to begin negotiations that could last 30 days. The fight was to be held not later than 4th August.
Team Alvarez in a potential fight reacted negatively, because the Ukrainians had recently lost to the fighter that Alvarez won on may 4.
In the end, this statement IBF was wrong, because Alvarez is the United champion, and the mandatory protection are in order. This was confirmed by the IBF, according to Talksport.
Next protect of Mexican is not under version IBF. In addition, Alvarez is also entitled to ask for a deferment when the time comes to defend the IBF title in a fight with Ukrainian.
Derevyanchenko has become a mandatory Challenger for a world title fight in April, winning by decision of judges Jack Kulka (25-4, 13 KO’s). After that, he climbed to first place in the IBF ranking. In WBC Derevyanchenko climbed to fourth place.
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