A decision is expected later today on whether or not the appeal against the stripping of Jamie McDonnell’s world title has been successful.
IBF president Daryl Peoples says he hopes to have an answer for McDonnell and promoter Eddie Hearn – who lodged the appeal – by the end of business today.
Peoples said: “We hope to have the issue resolved by the end of business London time on Tuesday.
“This discussion has gone to the ratings commission and it seems likely that it will also go to the council as well.
“But we should be in a position to make a final decision sooner rather than later.”
McDonnell was stripped of his bantamweight world title by the IBF on Friday after failing to return contracts for a mandatory defence by a set deadline.
The setback came less than a fortnight after McDonnell had declared his intent to cease his relationship with long time manager Dennis Hobson.
Peoples explained the reasons for the IBF’s decision, citing the organisation’s Rule 2A.
He said: “Our rules state that when a vacant title is won, a mandatory defence is required within a six month period.
“Jamie was therefore required to defend his title on or before November 11.
“We were informed by Dennis Hobson, the last known representative of Jamie to us, that an agreement had been made to defend against Vusi Malinga on November 9, somewhere in the UK.
“We were then informed that Jamie, as it was worded, had determined his managerial contract with Dennis Hobson and that a promotional agreement between the two had never existed.
“And we were then told by the British Boxing Board of Control that the managerial agreement remained in place.
“We were told that Jamie McDonnell had not seen the contract for the fight by the date it was due to be returned to us.
“We informed him that there were repercussions for not signing the contract for the fight and also that it did not matter who the promoter for the fight was. It did not have to be Dennis Hobson.
“We did not receive the contract by the given deadline and therefore, according to IBF rules, specifically Rule 2A, Jamie was forced to vacate the title.
“We were then informed that Eddie Hearn was to immediately appeal the decision and we are currently working towards a resolution.”