By Luke Furman
Middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko does not expect to face Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a championship fight.
The IBF recently ordered Canelo to make a mandatory defense against Derevyanchenko.
Most expect Canelo to drop the IBF title, as he also holds the WBC, WBA versions of the belt.
Canelo captured the IBF title back in May, with a twelve round decision over Daniel Jacobs.
Derevyanchenko won a final IBF eliminator with a twelve round decision over Jack Culcay.
The once-beaten boxer from Ukraine is not looking ahead to Canelo. He views Canelo as an unlikely opponent – and he’s already setting his eyes on the IBF’s number two contender – Gennady Golovkin.
“I expect Alvarez to avoid me and he won’t give me the opportunity [to fight him] despite IBF’s decision,” Derevyanchenko said to 112 Ukraine.
“Golovkin comes next on IBF’s list. I can’t wait to find out what kind of decision he will make. Is he going to refuse the fight again?”
Last year, Derevyanchenko was the IBF’s mandatory challenger to Golovkin,who at the time held the IBF strap.
Golovkin refused to do the fight, because he was focused on a September rematch with Canelo.
Instead, the IBF stripped Golovkin – and ordered Derevyanchenko and Jacobs to face each other for the vacant belt. Jacobs captured the title with a close twelve round decision.
Golovkin is trying to make a trilogy fight with Canelo – who at the moment is rejecting his advances for a third fight in September.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.