By Sam Geraci
Andrzej Fonfara has notified the IBF that he will be fighting WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson instead of IBF #2 Dmitry Sukhotsky for the IBF Final Eliminator. As a result, the IBF will order the next highest rated available boxer, Cedric Agnew, to fight Sukhotsky for the new IBF #1 and mandatory challenger.
“On Wednesday night I was notified that Fonfara was not going to fight Sukhotsky but instead is fighting WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson. Now that I know Fonfara is out, the IBF will order the next highest rated available boxer to fight Sukhotsky for the new #1 and mandatory challenger. We will start with #3, Cedric Agnew to see if he is available,” said Lindsey Tucker, chairman of the IBF championship committee.
Although Agnew’s promoter, Malcom Garret, has not yet heard from the IBF, he is optimistic about Agnew’s prospects.
“We know that Fonfara has declined Sukhotsky, and we know that Cedric is the next available. Of course we are interested in fighting for the IBF and before the end of the day we will begin negotiations,” said Garret.
Agnew, who is somewhat of an unknown commodity outside of the US amateur circuit and boxing insiders, is 26-0 with 13 KOs and is coming off an impressive unanimous decision over Yusaf Mack in April.
“I’m in the gym everyday, and I don’t care who they put in front of me: Stevenson, Kovalev, Sukhotsky or Hopkins. I’m going to be the light heavyweight champion,” said Agnew.
Interestingly, Agnew and Fonfara have Chicago roots, have shared trainers and have sparred hundreds of rounds. There are even rumors that Agnew might spar with Fonfara in his preparations for Stevenson.