IBF orders Froch to face Groves next

02/07/2013 15:35

It looks very likely that IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2) will be taking on Hammersmith's George Groves (19-0) next, after the IBF ordered the pair to reach an agreement by July 12, for the contest to take place before the middle of October.

The two fighters do not like each other and the tension grew to a new level after Groves joined the training camp of Mikkel Kessler as a sparring partner, as the Danish fighter prepared for his rematch with Froch, which the Nottingham champion successfully defended his title, winning by UD at the O2 in May.

Froch, 35, must now defend his IBF 168 lbs title against 25-year-old Groves - or face being stripped.   

IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker said "Adonis Stevenson was the mandatory but got tired of waiting for the opportunity to fight Froch and moved up to light heavyweight to box for the WBC title. Under the rules, when that happens we go down the list to see who is next. We got down as far as Groves and he has been made our mandatory challenger for Froch. The boxers will have until July 12 to come to an agreement. If they can't, we will then call for a purse bid. The successful bidder would be notified by July 24 and we would expect the fight to take place 90 days later, which would take us to the middle of October."