Carl Froch injured, vacates IBF title
The thirty seven year old IBF Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) has vacated his IBF title due to injury. At this stage in his career, vacating could lead to a super fight with Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO’s) or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) as well as open the door for James Degale (20-1, 14 KO’s). Degale, it seems has already wrapped up the opportunity to fight for the vacant IBF World Super Middleweight title on April 25th.
The 29 year old Degale made it clear he doesn’t care who is put in front of him telling Sky Sports, “I am ready to make history, doesn’t matter who it’s against.”
Carl Foch faced George Groves in his last two bouts winning both of them by stoppage. The first one was in November of 2013, with Froch getting off the canvas to stop Groves late via controversial TKO. In the second meeting Froch left no doubt, knocking Groves out in the 8th round in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.
Froch told Sky Sports, “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. I know what it is like to wait for a title shot and I didn’t want to hold James up in fighting for a world title. James is a great young fighter and i hope he can go out and win that title and who knows, we may even meet later this year.”
It seems a high likelihood that we will get Froch vs. Chavez or Hopkins in 2015. Vacating the title suggests how much it means to get in some big fights with out being held up with mandatory bouts at this stage in his career. Froch has already spoke on a potential fight with Degale if he was to win the IBF World Super Middleweight Title. For now it seems that Froch will go after the big money fights when he is ready to go again.