IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker has informed WBN that Kevin Mitchell failing weight on the morning of his fight with Ghislain Maduma means that the Londoner won’t be able to take his place as the number one challenger to Miguel Vazquez.
Mitchell, 29, missed the pre-fight scaling weight by almost a pound and a half and it was hoped that ‘The Hammer’ would be pushed as mandatory to the IBF champion following his stoppage win over previously unbeaten Maduma at Wembley Stadium.
Eddie Hearn stated after the fight that he would speak to IBF President Darryl Peoples about what happens next, but also said that he hoped to make the Vazquez fight with or without the IBF handing down the status to Mitchell.
“I did not see the fight but I hear Mitchell won. If Mitchell did not make weight, he cannot become the number one and the mandatory challenger even with the win,” Tucker explained to World Boxing News on Sunday.
Belt holder Vazquez has long been linked to a fight on UK soil against Ricky Burns in the past – and now Mitchell, but it remains to be seen what route either side will go down.
The 27 year-old Mexican is due to announce his next title defence soon having been out since a February win over Denis Shafikov.
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