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IBF orders Errol Spence to face Leonard Bundu in final eliminator

With Konstantin Ponomarev suffering an injury and withdrawing from negotiations, the IBF has now ordered Errol Spence to face Leonard Bundu to decide Kell Brook's mandatory challenger.

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

Errol Spence has quickly risen from prospect to legitimate contender, and he's on pace to get a title fight soon - but it won't be in his next outing. The IBF has just ordered Errol Spence (20-0, 17 knockouts) to take on Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) to determine Kell Brook's mandatory challenger as as IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker tells RingTV.

Spence and Bundu only have until June 22nd to finalize their negotiations, otherwise the fight will be ordered to purse bid. Spence had previously been ordered to negotiate with Konstantin Ponomarev for the final eliminator, but Ponomarev withdrew from negotiations after suffering an injury which forced the IBF to start going down their top contender list, eventually landing on Bundu who ranks #7 with the sanctioning body.

Errol Spence is most recently coming off a sensational knockout victory over Chris Algieri this past April, while Bundu has won two straight against lesser opposition since losing a unanimous decision to Keith Thurman in December 2014.

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