Froch relinquishes IBF belt
- Updated: February 3, 2015
Unable to compete due to a recent injury that has postponed a potential clash against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., IBF super middleweight titlist Carl Froch vacated his title today.
Froch (33-2, 24 KOs), who still owns the WBA title, was mandated to defend his IBF belt, but unable to compete within the allotted time, has been forced to give it up, while James DeGale will now fight for the vacant title against a challenger to be determined.
“It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks with terms agreed for the Chavez fight only for me to be unable to proceed in camp due to injury,” said Froch. “I know what it’s like to wait for a shot and I didn’t want to hold James up in fighting for a World title.
Froch still hopes to defend his WBA belt this summer and says he would like to regain his IBF title down the line as well.
“James is a great fighter and I hope he can go out and win that title and who knows, we may even meet later in the year.”
“Talks continue with the Chavez camp regarding a summer clash in Las Vegas, and discussions have taken place with Golden Boy Promotions regarding a bumper clash in Nottingham with two-weight World champion legend Bernard Hopkins in the summer,” said Hearn.
The Cobra has been out of action since knocking out George Groves in their rematch last May.