Billy Joe Saunders has been ordered to agree a deal to fight Avtandil Khurtsidze by the end of next weekend.
Saunders, who is expected to make a ‘big announcement’ in the coming days regarding a massive fight away from home, may now have to rethink his strategy moving forward.
Rumours Saunders was ready to sign to fight in Kazakhstan against current ruler Gennady Golovkin in the summer have been refuted this week, whilst a possible clash with Canelo Alvarez is off the table due to the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight on May 6.
Golovkin has Danny Jacobs to deal with in March, but could conceivably have fought Saunders in June or July if both sides put pen to paper on contracts.
That now seems an impossible task as Saunders must complete his next defense in the coming months and will possibly be tied up until at least August or September.
Canelo is adamant will be ready to fight Golovkin by that time, which leaves Saunders without any chance of being in the mix until December or early 2017 unless promoter Frank Warren can work out an alternative route.
Taking ‘GGG’ and Canelo out of the equation leaves few options for Saunders anyway, so the Briton may decide to get mandatory duties completed in order to remove any risk of being stripped of his title.