By Matt Cassavant
It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride of late for super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16KOs). After the 35 year old Stevenson was supposedly assured of fighting for the IBF title held by Carl Froch (30-2, 22KOs) next time he entered the squared circle, sanctioning body politics are likely to delay those plans.
In a Montreal press conference today, Yvon Michel, (Stevenson’s promoter), tried to clarify where exactly Stevenson stands with the IBF following the latest turn of events. Michel explained that confusion over the IBF’s rules regarding unification fights & exemptions was the source of the misapprehension. “There was a loophole in the IBF rules and regulations,” stated Michel. An oversight that seemed to genuinely take the long time boxing promoter by surprise considering Michel was getting ready for an IBF purse bid between he and Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn, this of course prior to the Kessler-Froch rematch being agreed to earlier in the week.
The unification fight between WBA beltholder Mikkel Kessler and IBF champion Carl Froch has been “tentatively agreed to” according to an email by IBF president Daryl Peoples, (copy of the email was handed out to the media by Michel). In order for the clash to be formally approved, the IBF has set forth 6 conditions that both the Froch and Kessler camp must respect. Click here to read more