IBF gives Commey, Chaniev November 30 deadline

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Isa Chaniev

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has announced November 30 as the deadline for camps of both Richard Commey and Isa Chaniev to reach an agreement to fight early next year.

Commey's American promoter, Lou DiBella and Chaniev's promoter, World of Boxing, were notified by the IBF to commence negotiations immediately over a title fight or face a possible purse bid after the November 30 deadline.

Richard Commey and his promoter, Lou DiBella

The decision by the IBF to order the negotiation comes in the wake of Mikey Garcia's decision to relinquish the IBF world lightweight title and move up weight in pursuit of a title clash with IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr.

The 31-year-old Commey (27-2, 24 KOs) will have his second shot at the IBF lightweight title after losing his maiden opportunity in a controversial split decision to Robert Easter Jr in 2016.

Commey was expected to challenge four-division champion, Garcia, who defeated Easter Jr. in a unification bout at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on July 28, the American pulled out of a mandatory title defence against the Ghanaian for a bigger pay-per-view fight against Spence Jr.

The proposed fight between Garcia and Commey came close to fruition after the Ghanaian signed his part of the contract but the American failed to put pen to paper following which the fight collapsed.

Mikey Garcia walked out of a mandatory title defence against Richard Commey

Commey's career has been on the rise after replacing his longtime trainer Carl Lokko with the renowned Andre Rozier in 2017, and is on a three-fight winning streak with victories over Hedi Slimani, Alejandro Luna and Yardley Cruz.

Russian Chaniev (13-1, 6 KOs) currently holds the IBF Inter-Continental lightweight title and the WBO International lightweight crown after defeating Venezuelan Ismael Barroso in May.