The announcement by British cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie that he will challenge Victor Ramirez for the IBF title on October 2 has now been rubberstamped by the organisation, WBN has been informed.
McKenzie will face newly-promoted IBF belt holder Ramirez in Argentina after accepting an offer to step in at late notice and promoter Frank Warren has recieved written confirmation of the contest.
International Boxing Federation Chairman Lindsey Tucker explained the original situation to WBN on Tuesday morning, clarifying that previous title holder Yoan Pablo Hernandez was stripped of the belt for inactivity as far back as last week.
“The IBF vacated the cruiserweight title on September 15, 2015 because Hernandez did not defend the title in the timeframe required,” Tucker exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Victor Ramirez was the interim champion, but he is now the current champion.”
Veteran British champion McKenzie, 35, is ranked at number 14 with the IBF as the ‘The Upsetter’ prepares for his maiden world title shot on the back of a rollercoaster career.
Twelve losses in twelve years as a pro have been counter-acted by 25 wins as McKenzie cleaned up domestically to gain his chance with the IBF.
The hastily-arranged contest will take place at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club in Benavídez, Buenos Aires.