Stevenson vs. Oosthuizen on March 2 For Froch's Belt?

By Luke Furman

The IBF's super middleweight situation is still unresolved. Carl Froch has a mandatory defense due to Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16KOs). Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, is trying to reach an agreement with Sauerland Event for a rematch with WBA "regular" champion Mikkel Kessler.

The IBF would likely approve a unification between Froch and Kessler. If a deal is not reached, or the IBF rejects the exception request, Froch would be forced to face Stevenson or vacate his title.

If the title is vacated, promoters Yvon Michel [for Stevenson] and Rodney Berman of South Africa are willing to make a match, with Froch's vacant title at stake, between Stevenson and IBO champ Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13KOs). The fight would happen on an HBO televised date of March 2nd in Connecticut. Oosthuizen is said to be returning on the March date, with or without Stevenson.

Everyone involved is waiting for the outcome of the Froch-Kessler negotiations.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by teddycanyon on 01-02-2013

Stevenson-Oosthuizen is actually a good fight to determine who's a good #1 contender for the winner of Froch-Kessler, so I wouldn't mind seeing it come off.

Comment by mathed on 12-31-2012

oosthuizen beats them all: Kessler, Froch, Stevenson....they should stay away from him if they value their records.

Comment by paulf on 12-31-2012

This is all talk. The IBF will allow the unification with Kessler.

Comment by Clegg on 12-31-2012

As neither has earned a shot yet, they should be facing off for the mandatory position rather than Stevenson getting it just for beating Donovan George.

Comment by vxrandall on 12-31-2012

and the added advantage is that if Kessler/Froch winner holds IBF/WBA then winner rematching Ward who holds WBC/WBA "Super"/Ring/Lineal makes it for 'all the marbles'. except for Abraham and that poxy stooges belt that the chief sponsor Warren will soon…

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