Gennady Golovkin won’t be defending his IBF title against Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in Los Angeles but will be able to keep the title on one condition.
An IBF exception granted in the run up to the Martirosyan fight was agreed with the stipulation Golovkin signs a contract to defend his red belt against mandatory challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko by August 3.
This means Golovkin will have to forfeit his strong desire to hold all the major championships at 160 pounds should the Kazakh puncher want to face Canelo Alvarez in a rematch on September 15.
‘GGG’ saw his lucrative return with the Mexican thwarted when Canelo failed two drugs tests in February and will now battle Martirosyan in a hastily-arranged Cinco de Mayo event.
Derevyanchenko’s promoter Lou DiBella had pushed for the IBF to order Golovkin to face the Ukrainian instead of Martirosyan but has accepted the ruling, which was obtained by ESPN this weeked.
The IBF statement by President Darryl Peoples reads as follows:
“A majority of the directors determined that the exception to regulations should be granted to Gennady Golovkin with the following conditions.”
Terms of exception:
Any chances of Golovkin battling Canelo with all four of his belts intact have now gone out of the window and would mean Cinco de Mayo of 2019 becomes an alternative option.
Golovkin could then adhere to his mandatory in the fall, whilst Canelo shakes off a year’s worth of ring rust against Gary O’Sullivan in September – as promised.