Gennady Golovkin stripped of IBF title for failing to agree madatory defence
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 06/06/18 11:55pm
Gennady Golovkin has been stripped of his IBF middleweight title after failing to agree a mandatory defence against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Golovkin had until Wednesday to agree in writing to fight Ukrainian Derevyanchenko on or by August 3 following a meeting of three IBF members in Newark on May 22.
He had previously objected to that being a factor in a three-part set of conditions which allowed him to face Vanes Martirosyan last month.
On that occasion, he successfully defended his WBA (Super), WBC and IBO belts in a contest not sanctioned by the IBF.
Golovkin has failed to submit a written promise of a bout with Derevyanchenko on time, meaning he loses the belt he had held since October 2015 under Rule 5H of the IBF rules.
In a statement, the organisation said: "After a lengthy review and period of deliberation, the International Boxing Federation has vacated the IBF Middleweight title held by Gennady Golovkin.
"The IBF had to enforce the penalty under Rule 5H for Golovkin having participated in an unsanctioned contest within his weight class and declare the IBF Middleweight title vacant.
"The IBF will identify the two leading available contenders and order them to negotiate to fight for the vacant title."