11-DAY REIGN OVER

Boxing News - - The Week -

THURS­DAY Au­gust 31, 2017

TER­ENCE CRAW­FORD va­cates his IBF world su­per-light­weight ti­tle - just 11 days af­ter win­ning it to be­come undis­puted cham­pion by stop­ping Julius In­dongo - ahead of the purse bids for a manda­tory de­fence against Sergey Lip­inets.

Craw­ford’s team ex­plain the im­pend­ing dead­lines for Craw­ford’s manda­tory mean they did not have enough time to con­sider his next move.

The IBF - who have a habit of en­forc­ing their manda­to­ries on newly crowned cham­pi­ons - con­firm to Boxing News that Craw­ford has va­cated his ti­tle, and Lip­inets will box the next avail­able high­est ranked con­tender for it.

Cur­rently, that man is Ja­pan’s

Akhiro Kondo of at num­ber three with the equally un­de­serv­ing

Mau­rice Hooker just be­hind him.

Craw­ford’s pro­moter Top Rank even­tu­ally hope to match the Ne­braskan with Manny Pac­quiao if the Filipino vet­eran can de­feat

Jeff Horn in a pro­jected re­turn for the WBO wel­ter­weight ti­tle.

How­ever, Pac­quiao re­veals he can­not make the orig­i­nal date of Novem­ber 12 due to “other com­mit­ments.”

Photo: MIKEY WIL­LIAMS/TOP RANK

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: Craw­ford is no longer the IBF cham­pion

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