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Stevenson next fight for IBF title

Oosthuizen likely if Froch fight fails to materialize

By Dave Spencer

While the ‘who’ hasn’t necessarily been decided, the ‘what’ is abundantly clear according to promoter Yvon Michel (GYM) as to what is next for hard hitting super-middleweight Adonis Stevenson. “The only thing I know, is that Adonis Stevenson’s next fight will be for the IBF title,” Michel told FightNews by telephone. With everybody weighing in and positioning themselves in a Froch-Frenzy following the three-time champion’s blowout of Yusaf Mack over the weekend, Michel feels that Stevenson who won mandatory challenger position in his last fight with a victory over last Donovon George will one way or another be fighting for the red belt come spring time.

“It will be against Froch or whoever else if the title is vacant,” said Michel. “Hopefully it will be against Froch but we don’t control that. We know he has a rematch obligation with Lucian Bute. We know he will ask for an exemption but the IBF rules are clear that a mandatory will prevail over any rematch. I feel that even if he asks for an exemption, he’s not going to get it and Adonis will fight for the vacant title.” (More)

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