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 Last update:  1/5/2013       Read more by Luke Furman         
   
Carl Froch Will Vacate IBF Title, If Needed, For Kessler
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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

Tags: Carl Froch , Mikkel Kessler , Adonis Stevenson , Froch vs Kessler Rematch , Froch Kessler Rematch , Froch-Stevenson , Froch vs. Stevenson


 

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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 Tommy would win be a big majority as Froch has a very bad habit of leaving his hands too low and Tommy would pi...

comment by Weebler I, on 01-07-2013
[QUOTE=Tonyu]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 profiles actually accepted by all population groups and has a huge following - this site repor...

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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 profiles actually accepted by all population groups and has a huge following - this site reported the TO ca...

comment by daggum, on 01-07-2013
[QUOTE=The Weebler II]That isn't what was reported here. Iirc Oosthuizen 'wasn't ready' for Froch. 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 has the pull in SA.[/QUOTE] tommy has the pull anywhere he goes ...

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