IBF review Gradovich complaint over Selby loss; Brook yet to request opponent
The International Boxing Federation are currently in the process of overlooking a protest from former featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich after the Russian asked IBF to look into the stoppage of his contest with Lee Selby.
The 28 year-old was halted towards the final third of his IBF title defense against the Welshman in London at the end of the last month as a head clash left Gradovich with a bad cut over his right eye. The fight then went to the scorecards at eight rounds and Selby walked away with the championship to inflict a first defeat on Gradovich.
A request to review the finale has now been confirmed by the IBF who will make a decision in due course.
“I can tell you that Evgeny Gradovich’s camp has filed a complaint and that the IBF is reviewing it, we are still looking into the Gradovich request and nothing has been decided yet.” Chairman Lindsey Tucker told World Boxing News.
In other IBF news, Tucker was asked what the situation was with welterweight title holder Kell Brook as rumours grow that the Briton is lining up a fight with Brandon Rios should he miss out on facing Floyd Mayweather in September.
“As Kell Brook is still in his optional period, he can fight anyone in the top 15. However, I have not received a request for him to fight anybody as yet,” stated Tucker.