Pulev v Chisora was confirmed just three weeks on from an IBF approved final eliminator between Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam, which has led to some confusion as to why another clash has been sanctioned so soon.
International Boxing Federation Chairman Lindsey Tucker had this to say exclusively to World Boxing News on the matter: “With the IBF, in order for a boxer to be ranked number one or number two, he must fight in an IBF-sanctioned twelve round eliminator,” he explained.
“Kubrat Pulev and Derek Chisora are two of the top five available boxers in the ratings and have been approved to fight for the number two position.
“Once the winner of Joseph Parker v Carlos Takam (number one eliminator) fights for the title, the winner of Pulev vs. Chisora (number two ranked) must then fight again to become the new number one and also the mandatory challenger.”
Current champion Charles Martin defends his belt against Anthony Joshua on April 9 in London before a voluntary period of seven months begins. Martin or Joshua would have to face the winner of Parker v Takam by November of 2016, whilst the eventual victor of the Pulev v Chisora could have the opportunity to secure mandatory status during this period.
Pulev or Chisroa would eventually get their shot at the IBF belt at some point in the first half 2017, dependent on the interim activity of the champion and obviously his future opponents.