IBF super-lightweight contender, Sergey Lipinets, will not face IBF/IBO/WBA champion, Julius Indongo, according to his manager, Alex Vaysfeld.
Indongo claimed the IBF and IBO titles with a devastating first round knockout victory against Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky in December 2016. The Namibian hitman then travelled to Scotland, where he outpointed Ricky Burns to claim the WBA crown.
Lipinets is the current IBF mandatory challenger, and as such, the sanctioning body has ordered Indongo to face him next.
Vaysfeld, however, believes that Indongo will vacate his IBF title in the coming months in order to face WBC/WBO champion, Terence Crawford.
“These are the rules of the IBF – Indongo has to fight with Sergei,” Vayseld told allboxing.ru. “Indongo wants the fight with Terence Crawford, so he will be forced to vacate the IBF belt.
“We are ready to fight with anyone the IBF appoints; Akahiro Konda, Moris Huker, or any other fighters ranked below.
“I think the fight could take place in July or August, Sergey has already started preparing for the fight in Los Angeles.”