Froch Vacates IBF Title, DeGale-Dirrell Ordered for April

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After an elbow injury postponed a potential Las Vegas showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Carl Froch vacated his IBF Super Middleweight title today, according to a article.

According to the report, Froch decided to relinquish his belt which led to the IBF’s ruling that DeGale must take on American Andre Dirrell.

Apparently though, a showdown between DeGale and Froch could still be a possibility for later in 2015.

With his decision, Froch keeps open the possibility of fighting Chavez Jr. later in the year when he recovers from his injury and also relinquishes himself of any obligation to fight DeGale, who earned a shot at the IBF crown with consecutive knockout wins in 2014.

Froch, who still holds the WBA title, did mention that he would be willing to face DeGale after, but it is clear that he has his eyes set on a lucrative fight with Chavez Jr. first.

Chavez Jr. will take on Andrzej Fonfara in April and is also confident that he will face Froch later in the year.

As for DeGale, he will likely face Dirrell on April 25 for the IBF crown at the 02 Arena in London.

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