11-DAY REIGN OVER
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.”
AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: Crawford is no longer the IBF champion