There’s been a lot going on lately in the boxing world, a lot of new developments. First, and probably one of the bigger shocks was unified Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35KOs) being stripped of his title by the IBF for failing to come to an agreement with mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10KOs). The IBF has ordered Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35KOs) to fight Derevyanchenko. It’s kind of funny because GGG was originally stripped of his IBF title for not fighting then mandatory challenger, Derevyanchenko, as a late replacement for Canelo.
It was the Golden Boy Promotions match maker, Robert Diaz who made a deal with the IBF. He made a deal that if an agreement wasn’t reached by 3PM ET on , that the IBF would strip Canelo, no purse bid, no nothing. Had the fight gone to a purse bid, Derevyanchenko would have been entitled to 35% of the winning bid. It does seem a bit unfair to Canelo, who had no knowledge of such a deal and as a result, has caused major waves between him and his promoter. “I’m very upset and ashamed with my fans, to be unfairly stripped of my belt by the IBF, but specially when I did not have the knowledge of the agreement that GBP match maker had signed,” Alvarez wrote on social media. Unfair or not, the IBF followed its own rules, and Golden Boy Promotions can’t do a thing about it. What will Canelo do? Will he try to buyout his contract with GBP? Will Oscar De La Hoya be able to smooth this one over? Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens. Imagine Canelo leaving GBP? Imagine the free for all of other promoters trying to sign him? It would be madness.
So now what? Well for one, GGG should fight Derevyanchenko for the vacant belt some time this fall, October is the target. Rumors are flying that negotiations are going well, and that they are close to a deal. GGG’s only loss is to Canelo, and Derevyanchenko’s only loss is a split decision loss to stable mate Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29KOs). Style wise GGG vs Derevyanchenko should be more entertaining. Both can box and both don’t mind slugging it out. Though, I would hope Derevyanchenko doesn’t try to go toe to toe wildly with GGG. He looked a bit chinny late in his last fight and one can’t be too sure if he could take those same shots from someone like GGG.
What does this mean for Canelo and the rest of the middleweight division? Well, undefeated WBO champ Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (28-0, 17KOs) cannot be ignored as an opponent. He is also signed with DAZN, but under Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing Promotions. It’s an easy fight to make. It’s a fight that fans would love to see. Andrade has a very awkward style but he is unproven against elite competition. How would he deal with the step up? We will have to see. So cross your fingers boxing fans. Maybe we can get 1 great fight in Canelo/Andrade and another pretty good fight between the aging GGG and Derevyanchenko.