MANILA, Philippines – The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has clarified that welterweight champion Devon Alexander is under contract to fight Briton Kell Brook, not Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This was the IBF's reaction following Mayweather’s statement claiming that he will be having a unification title bout against Alexander.
"We have not received any requests or information on this from either camp," IBF public relations director Jeanette Salazar said on RingTV. "Because Alexander is under contract to fight Brook, he would not be granted an exception to fight Mayweather."
Mayweather Jr. tweeted that negotiations are ongoing for his ring return on May 4 and named Alexander as the frontrunner among his choice of opponents.
"The negotiations for my fight are almost done," said Mayweather. "The frontrunner is IBF champion Devon Alexander. It’d be a unification bout at welterweight."