The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) have ordered Janibek Alimkhanuly to defend his world middleweight title versus Britain’s Liam Smith next.
Both parties have until March 14th to agree a deal before a purse bid will be called.
The news comes a month from Smith’s emphatic fourth-round stoppage of Chris Eubank Jr in January.
A rematch clause was in place should the Liverpudlian emerge victorious.
Eubank Jr has confirmed his activation of the rematch clause in recent days via social media which ties Smith down to a second fight with the Brighton man later in the year.
It is currently unclear whether Smith will seek a deal with Eubank Jr to allow him to fight the Kazakh.
Alimkhanuly last appeared in November when he outpointed Battersea’s Denzel Bentley in Las Vegas.
The fight was Alimkhanuly’s first successful defence of the belt after it was vacated by Demetrius Andrade last year.
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