IBF order Indongo vs. Lipinets

Julius Indongo

IBF/IBO/WBA super lightweight champion, Julius Indongo, has been told he must make a mandatory defence of his IBF title against tough Russian contender, Sergey Lipinets.

Indongo added the WBA belt to his IBF and IBO titles after scoring a unanimous decision victory over Scotland’s Ricky Burns at the SSE Hydro Arena on Saturday.

After Indongo’s victory, a four belt unification contest between Indongo and the WBC Champion, Terence Crawford, was something many fans were keen to see.

However, with Crawford in action against Felix Diaz on May 20th and Indongo obligated to fight Lipinets if he wishes to retain his IBF crown, such a mouthwatering unification contest will have to wait.

“Indongo is obligated to contest his next fight against Lipinets,” the IBF told Basil Konov. “Both parties were notified to start negotiations, and then everything will depend on the promotional process, which can take between three to four and a half months.

“Also, we do not exclude the possibility of a purse bid. Indongo will not be able to hold a unification bout [against Terence Crawford], he has a mandatory and was ordered to carry out a mandatory defence. As for Crawford, he has a fight coming up very soon [against Felix Diaz].”

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