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Carl Froch Will Vacate IBF Title, If Needed, For Kessler

By Luke Furman

IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch will vacate his title in order to finalize a rematch with WBA "regular" champion Mikkel Kessler - if the International Boxing Federation denies his request to delay a mandatory fight with Adonis Stevenson of Canada.

Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has yet to reach an agreement with Sauerland Event, who promote Kessler. Froch's back is now against the wall as the IBF ordered him to face Stevenson and both sides have until January 15th to reach an agreement or a purse bid will be called.

There have been discussions between Hearn and Yvon Michel, who promotes Stevenson, to stage that fight in the event the Kessler discussions become a dead issue.

If a deal with Kessler is reached beyond the IBF's deadline to submit an exception for a delay on Stevenson, Froch could very well vacate the belt.

"Even if the IBF does not recognize my fight against Kessler as a unification fight, I will still fight him. I am willing to sacrifice everything for the game. If it means that I have to give up my IBF belt, I'll do it. I fought hard to win the IBF belt, when I defeated Lucian Bute, and I am proud to be a world champion. But sometimes a match between two named fighters is larger than the title. A fight between Kessler and me is as big as it can get, whether there are two belts at stake or not," Froch was quoted by La Journal.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tonyu on 01-07-2013

To Weebler II - me too when the fight was announced I was ready to get my tickets and head up to Nottingham, I agree I don't think Tommy would win by KO as Froch has a granite chin but…

Comment by Weebler I on 01-07-2013

[QUOTE=Tonyu;12895345]To weebler II - Oh yes he does Tommy is having his 4th Fight in the states in March and he is thought of highly and well regarded actually and back in SA Tommy is one of the growing sports…

Comment by Tonyu on 01-07-2013

To Weebler II and Daggum - thanks for the debate I'm enjoying this.

Comment by Tonyu on 01-07-2013

To weebler II - Oh yes he does Tommy is having his 4th Fight in the states in March and he is thought of highly and well regarded actually and back in SA Tommy is one of the growing sports…

Comment by daggum on 01-07-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12895337]That isn't what was reported here. Iirc Oosthuizen 'wasn't ready' for Froch. [B]I'd happily watch Froch v Oosthuizen but TO doesn't have the pull in the US to warrant the fight being there, I'm not even sure he…

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