Ukrainian boxer Sergey Derevyanchenko is the mandatory Challenger to fight for the title of world champion on the average weight under version IBF. This belt owns Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. And the parties approached to arrange the fight.
According to ESPN, if the parties agree that the fight probably will be held in the fourth quarter of this year.
While Alvarez doesn’t want to fight against Derevyanchenko. In particular, the Mexican team is unhappy because Alvarez recently defeated Danny Jacobs, who in turn defeated the Ukrainian. But the IBF ordered him to hold a title defense, and Ukrainian is mandatory. Therefore, if the Mexicans will refuse from this fight, he will lose the title. Despite the desire to “Canelo” to become the absolute champion of the world (for this we need to have championship belts for the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO), he is unlikely to give up this fight.
And the way this game can become an online platform DAZN and fight Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin. These boxers have met twice in the ring. The first time was a draw. And in the second match on 15 September 2018 Alvarez won the decision of judges and won the championship belt for the WBA, WBC, IBO and The Ring. Although the fight was to be held on may 5, 2018, but the Mexican failed a doping test.
After a victory in a rematch of the Gennady Golovkin in October 2018 Alvarez signed a comprehensive agreement with the streaming platform DAZN. The contract was signed for a period of 5 years “Canelo” needs to spend 10 duels. In this case, the guaranteed reward boxer is 365 million dollars (today it is the guaranteed payout in the history of the sport). Because of this Saul Alvarez was in fourth place among the most highly paid athletes in the world.
Two games Alvarez is already spent and won. But DAZN want to come out for a third fight against Golovkin. Although Alvarez did not really want this fight.
Derevyanchenko has become a mandatory Challenger for a world title fight in April, winning by decision of judges Jack Kulka. After that, he climbed to first place in the IBF ranking.