Canelo Alvarez reportedly closing in on fight with Ukrainian mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Canelo Alvarez vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko is reportedly now being finalised for Canelo’s next fight.
The unified middleweight champion was in talks to move up and challenge Sergey Kovalev for his light-heavyweight crown, but that bout could not be made and so he will instead defend against the mandatory challenger.
The stumbling block for this was initially the fact that Canelo’s US broadcaster DAZN were reluctant to approve little-known Derevyanchenko as an opponent for their star man, however according to ESPN, they have now done so.
It’s understood that the potential dates are October 19 and October 26 – with Canelo having already moved off his traditional September date for this year.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission Calendar has a listing which reveals promoters Golden Boy have reserved the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for October 26.
33-year-old Ukrainian Derevyanchenko is 13-1 (10 KOs).
His only defeat came in a close fight with Daniel Jacobs – who Canelo beat in May – for the vacant IBF belt last year.
He has since worked his way back into the mandatory position with a win over Jack Culcay and is now ready for a second shot at the world title.