IBF mandates Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko purse bid on July 23
Previously, Alvarez claimed he wanted to become the undisputed champion at 160 pounds. It’s clear his mind has shifted due to reports of him not wanting to partake in a trilogy bout with Golovkin and more interested in the possibility of taking on WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith or WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev. While one can’t put the onus on Alvarez for wanting different things as taking on Derevyanchenko is a significant drop off in name recognition and does nothing for him in terms of continuing to want to make history, one can blame the IBF for forcing Alvarez’s hand.Canelo had the title for a cup of coffee (66 days to be exact) and the sanctioning body barks its orders, trying to force the action, instead of letting the face of boxing decide who he wants to face next and then deciding how to rule. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAlvarez could either fight Derevyanchenko his next time out on Sept. 14, cut a deal with Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) to step away for a fee or vacate the championship. The likely scenario is Alvarez giving up the title and the top two contenders: Derevyanchenko and Golovkin compete for it. The IBF has ordered a July 23rd purse bid for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a mandatory title fight due to Alvarez being the champion and Derevyanchenko the top contender, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO), also the WBA and WBC “Franchise” champion, won the IBF belt in May by defeating Daniel Jacobs via unanimous decision. Jacobs had captured the title from Derevyanchenko in a vacant title affair last October after Gennadiy Golovkin relinquished the belt for refusing to face Derevyanchenko and rematching Alvarez in September.