Date: 2nd July 2013 at 4:55pm
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If Carl Froch has ambitions of fighting Andre Ward next, it may be at a cost.

News has filtered through that Froch has been ordered to defend his IBF super-welterweight belt against the fellow British fighter George Groves.

The IBF have decreed that Groves is the mandatory challenger and that the fight should be made before the end of October with the IBF championships chairman Lindsey Tucker decreeing,

?We have sent letters to Groves and Froch asking them to start negotiations for a mandatory defence.?

If Froch decides that Groves isn?t to be his next fight, then the IBF will strip him of his title, meaning that Froch will, in future, only have the WBA belt to bargain with.

Once again, boxing politics seems to be dictating the direction fighters are sent down. Will Froch defend his belts against Groves or will be forced to relinquish the IBF belt?

 

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