By Mark Eisner: Saul Canelo Alvarez and mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko are close to a deal for a fight in the fall, according to Dan Rafael. A purse bid that was previously scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was postponed for the Canelo-Derevyanchenko fight in order for the negotiations to continue.

The purse bid was supposed to have taken place at the ’s headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, but it’s been postponed until this Friday.  It’ll be up to Canelo’s promoters at whether they can put together a deal with Derevyanchenko’s promoter Lou DiBella to make this fight happen.

Fans not interested in Canelo vs. Derevyanchenko fight

There are already fans complaining about this fight without it even being inked. Fans believe that the 33-year-old Derevyanchenko is a soft touch, and not in the same league as Canelo. Derevyanchenko came close to beating Daniel Jacobs last October in losing a 12 round split decision in Brooklyn .

Derevyanchenko came within an eyelash of defeating Jacobs in losing by the scores 115-112, 115-112 for Jacobs, and 114-113 for Derevyanchenko.  Jacobs knocked Sergiy down in the first round. Following that disappointing loss, Derevyanchenko came back to defeat Jack Culcay by a 12 round unanimous decision on April 13 in an middleweight title eliminator. The win for Derevyancheno made him Canelo’s mandatory challenger. Shortly after that, the ordered Canelo and Derevyanchenko to face each other.

The hardcore fans don’t like the idea that Derevyanchenko is getting another quick title shot after losing to Jacobs in a failed attempt to capture the vacant 160 pound title last October. Derevyanchenko has only had to win one fight against Culcay to given another world title shot. Some fans feel that the needs to let other fighters get a crack at their title rather than giving Derevyanchenko repeated chances. Seeing the same fighter get repeated chances for the title looks odd to some fans.

will need to approve Derevyanchenko as Canelo’s opponent

wants Canelo to face Gennady Golovkin next in a trilogy fight. The streaming company recently signed GGG to a six-fight, nine-figure contract. Golovkin, 37, took on an unknown fighter in Steve Rolls in his first fight of his six-fight contract last June. However, Canelo is reportedly not interested in fighting GGG in his next fight.

If GGG is forced to take another fight before his trilogy match with Alvarez, won’t be getting great value for the money they’re paying the Kazakh star unless he faces a good opponent this time. Derevyanchenko is a better opponent than , the fighter that Canelo defeated on last December, but he’s still not well known with the casual fans in the United States.

With Derevyanchenko not being a huge name, there’ s been a lot of speculation whether Canelo would vacate his title rather than use up one of his valuable fights on his 11-fight, $365 million contract with defending against Derevyanchenko. It’s a fight that does very little for unfortunately. There likely won’t be a great deal of new subscribers for a Canelo-Derevyanchenko fight compared to if the Mexican star were to face GGG or Sergey Kovalev.

Canelo not vacating title

It was believed by many that Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) would vacate his middleweight title after the International Federation ordered him to defend it against #1 Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) recently. If a deal can’t be made between the two fighters, Canelo will either be stripped of his title or he’ll vacate it. One thing that Derevyanchenko has in his favor in getting the fight is the 29-year-old Alvarez’s desire unify the 160 pound division. He currently holds the , and WBC belts.

The only title not in Canelo’s grasp at the moment is the World Organization strap held by Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade. Canelo and had been hoping former middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin would face Andrade to win the title from him. Canelo would then face Gennady in a trilogy fight in May of 2020 with all four 160 pound titles on the line. However, Golovkin hasn’t given any indication that he’ll be challenging Andrade for his WBO belt. There’s been talk of Golovkin facing unbeaten Jaime Munguia next on September 14 on . The 22-year-old Munguia holds the WBO junior middleweight title, but he would be moving up in weight

Canelo won’t be fighting on September 14

The Canelo vs. Derevyanchenko fight won’t take place until October or November, if at all. Canelo has already given up his previously scheduled September 14 date. That’s an important fight date, as it’s on the Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend, and a lot of fans will be tuning in to watch the sport. Golovkin is expected to take the September 14 date for himself.

Canelo recently made this statement about not fighting on September 14 this year:

“Those are my dates. However, as a world champion in multiple weight classes, I also have the responsibility of delivering the most exciting and competitive fights possible.

That’s why Golden Boy and my team have decided to postpone the date in order to do right by my fans by promoting the best fight possible and with the best opponent possible.”

Canelo dealing with a knee injury

It’s rumored that Canelo has a right knee injury that made it difficult for him to fight on his normal September date. There’s no word whether the Mexican star plans on having his injured right knee cleaned up with some minor surgery before his next fight. It would make sense for Canelo to have a procedure done if need be. He’s been wearing a knee brace for a while now on his right knee.

recently attempted to negotiate a fight between Canelo and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. However, the offer wasn’t big enough to get an agreement from Kovalev’s side. There’s still a chance that Canelo and Kovalev can restart the negotiations for a fight in December. Kovalev has a title defense he needs to get out of the way against his WBO mandatory Anthony Yarde on August 24.