Yesterday we reported on the possibility of an IBF Light Welterweight title bout between Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10) and Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広]. Now, over-night, that bout has taken a huge step towards becoming a reality with with the IBF ordering the two men to negotiate a contest for the vacant title.
The title, which was given up by American star Terence Crawford after he unifed all 4 major belts, is expected to be the first of 4 titles that will become available in the coming weeks, as Crawford turns his attention on becoming a 3-weight champion and campaigning at Welterweight.
Lipinets had been promised a world title fight a while back, but due to back-to-back unifications his shot keptgetting delayed. With all the titles being unified the Kazakh couldn't have his shot delayed any further and a purse bid for a fight with Crawford loomed.
Although it's not yet clear where a Lipinets Vs Kondo bout would take place, it does seem likely that any purse bid would be won Lipinets' team and that could force the bout Stateside, where it could act as a secondary title bout on a notable show.
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