Gennady Golovkin has been stripped on his IBF title
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Gennady Golovkin has been stripped of his IBF world middleweight title after failing to agree a mandatory challenger fight.
The 36-year-old Kazakh was in discussions to fight challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko, but the two camps could not come to an agreement in time.
And now, the unified champion has been stripped of one of his three major belts by the IBF.
Golovkin won the title by beating Canadian David Lemieux in 2015, and successfully defended it against the likes of Great Britian’s Kell Brook and American Dominic Wade – drawing against Canelo Álvarez
But, the title is now vacant and the IBF have said they will identify “two leading contenders” to fight for the belt.
Speaking to ESPN, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler said: “It comes as a complete shock that the IBF would make a ruling far beyond what the Derevyanchenko side was asking for.
“They weren’t asking for him to be stripped. They were asking to have their shot at the IBF title next, but they never asked for him to be stripped. In light of this ruling, I think the IBF has completely mistreated GGG. It is the worst treatment they have ever shown any unified champion in their history.
“Gennady is disappointed in the ruling.”
In a statement, the IBF said Golovkin had asked in April not to fight Derevyanchenko, due to an agreement already in place to face Vanes Martirosyan on 5 May – a result of the rematch with Alvarez being postponed when the Mexican failed a drugs test.
The IBF agreed to Golovkin’s request, but on the condition he would agree a fight with Derevyanchenko by 3 August – but a deal has not been done.
There have been reports Golovkin and Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders – the WBO title holder – are close to reaching an agreement to fight.