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BREAKING NEWS: Golovkin Granted IBF Exception

Middleweight King MUST Face Sergiy Derevyanchenko By August 3rd.

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By Aaron Cooper

Late last night unified middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin was granted an exception to his mandatory defense in order to face Vanes Martirosyan. But there is a catch and quite a big one. Yes, the IBF has granted Golovkin an exception. However, if he wants to keep his IBF belt his next defense of the title MUST come against the hard-hitting, Sergey Derevyanchenko.

Of course, we all know Golovkin was supposed to be fighting Canelo Alvarez on May 5th. But a failed drugs test and suspension have rendered that fight impossible to make until the 15th September at least. The Mexican superstar is mandatory for the WBC middleweight crown. Once this fight was out of the way, Derevyanchenko’s team were to press hard for this fight as the IBF was up next in the rotation system used by the sanctioning bodies to determine the order of mandatory bouts when there is a unified champion.

The IBF COULD have stripped Golovkin for fighting Martirosyan. They refused to sanction the bout as he was coming up from super-welterweight and coming off of a loss. However, Golovkins promoter, Tom Loeffler had the right to seek out an exception and he paid the twenty thousand USD for the governing body to consider it.

So to make it clear to you all these are the terms of his exception.

  • Golovkin-Martirosyan must take place on or before May 5, 2018.
  • Golovkin must agree in writing before the fight that he will next fight the IBF middleweight mandatory within 90 days of the May 5 bout or by Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.
  • Golovkin must agree in writing before the May 5 fight "to indemnify, hold harmless and otherwise reimburse the IBF for any legal fees or other expenses related to the granting of this exception, including, but not limited to, the cost attendant to any resultant litigation."

If Golovkin does decide to fight Canelo on his first fight back after his suspension is lifted on August 17th. Golovkin will be stripped of his IBF World title. Given that it has been Golovkin’s plan to become undisputed middleweight champion, it seems likely he may well fight Derevyanchenko next, and the boxing world and Billy Joe Saunders will have to wait a little longer for a fight for the undisputed crown.