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Having stripped unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of its belt for failing to meet mandatory challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs), 32, a 2008 Olympian from Ukraine, the IBF on Monday ordered Derevyanchenko to face former secondary titlist Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs), 31, of Brooklyn, New York, for the vacant belt. The IBF sent a letter to Derevyanchenko promoter Lou DiBella and Jacobs promoter Eddie Hearn ordering them to commence negotiations immediately. According to the letter, if the sides don’t make a deal by July 11 a purse bid will be ordered. The purse split would be 50-50. Jacobs is also a possible opponent for Canelo Alvarez. Hearn has been talking to Golden Boy about the fight for Sept. 15 if there is no Golovkin-Alvarez rematch. “I’ve made both Danny and Sergey aware of the IBF’s decision ordering them to start negotiations to fight for the vacant title,” Keith Connolly, who manages both fighters, told ESPN. “I will down with each guy over the next few days to try to make as friendly a deal as possible. I will also be communicating with Eddie, Al (Haymon, Derevyanchenko’s adviser) and Lou. In the meantime I will also see if the Canelo option is really a viable option.”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer9d ago
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