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IBF offers Shawn Porter eliminator bout with Tim Bradley

The IBF announced that the deadline for Frankie Gavin to take an eliminator bout with Tim Bradley for Kell Brook's title has expired. They'll now turn to Shaw Porter.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

First the IBF offered Amir Khan an eliminator bout with Tim Bradley for the right face Kell Brook for his world title. Khan's team turned down the offer (despite Khan himself saying he never heard a word of it) and so the IBF then provided the offer to Frankie Gavin. They gave Gavin a number of days to accept the offer, but after hearing no word from promoter Eddie Hearn or Gavin, they are now saying that opportunity has expired. Now the IBF is relaying the offer to a third fighter in Shawn Porter.

"I have not heard from Eddie Hearn and the deadline has now passed for Frankie Gavin to agree the eliminator with Timothy Bradley. I will send a letter to number six in the rankings, Shawn Porter," IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker told World Boxing News late on Tuesday.

This may be a good opportunity for Porter to try and reclaim his IBF title, the same one he lost to the current titleholder in Kell Brook last year. Tim Bradley is obviously no easy task though. He'll be sure to give hell to anyone he steps into the ring with. Should Shawn Porter not accept the IBF eliminator bout with Bradley, Diego Chaves will get the next call.

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