Canelo’s IBF belt “in jeopardy” over Derevyanchenko mandatory
If Alvarez vacates, Derevyanchenko and Gennadiy Golovkin will most likely be ordered to fight for the vacant belt
So y’all remember that whole kerfuffle between Gennadiy Golovkin and the IBF? How he got clearance to fight Vanes Martirosyan with the stipulation that he take on Sergiy Derevyanchenko next, then got stripped when he didn’t? Well, it’s happening again.
ESPN reports that unified IBF/WBC/WBA “super” middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO) missed his June 15th negotiation deadline with Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KO), who is once again the IBF mandatory challenger after his April victory over Jack Culcay. As a result, his belt is “in jeopardy,” with Mike Coppinger adding that the sanctioning body is “expected to order a purse bid” between the respective sides.
Should Canelo skip Derevyanchenko in favor of Callum Smith or Sergey Kovalev or Demetrius Andrade or Jaime Munguia or whoever else squeezes into this clown car of a matchup, the top two contenders for the then-vacant title are Derevyanchenko and…Gennadiy Golovkin.
Time is a flat circle.
I’d normally be affronted, possibly even vexed, by sanctioning body shenanigans interfering with the potential unification. As far as middleweight goes, though, I’m at the point where anything that puts a wrench in major promoters’ plans is a good thing in my book. Metaphorically burn it all down.
I’d say physically, too, but those belts don’t look super flammable.