The International Boxing Federation (IBF) traditionally did not take time to build up and quickly built up the vacated featherweight title (up to 59 kg).
Recall that last Saturday in California, the reigning champion, American Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1-1, 15 KO) failed the weigh-in, after which he drew a fight with the Russian challenger Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0-1, 12 KO).
Now, according to the decree, Rakhimov, who remains on the 1st line of the rating, will challenge the vacant title against the 3rd number, Japanese Kenichi Ogawa (25-1-1, 18 KO). End date of negotiations – March 17.
33-year-old Ogawa has been competing since 2010 and has already fought in a champion fight – in December 2017, he outboxed American Tevin Farmer, winning the vacant title left by Jervonta Davis, but then failed a doping test.