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Exclusive: Hassan N’Dam vs Felix Sturm in line for vacant IBF belt

Phil Jay 04/02/2015
IBF

International Boxing Federation Chairman Lindsey Tucker has informed WBN of the two contenders they see contesting the vacant middleweight title should current champion Jermain Taylor eventually be stripped.

Taylor is currently facing serious gun charges for two incidents in the past few months, and at this point in time it is not certain whether the American will even fight again, let alone defend his red belt in the future.

Should the IBF act on the basis that Taylor can no longer meet mandatory requirements, the first two contenders will be pitted against each other. There had been some speculation that Irishman Eamonn O’Kane could meet Hassan N’Dam of France with the title at stake, although Tucker pointed out that a lot of fighters would have to be ruled out for that to happen.

“I don’t know where Hassan N’Dam vs. Eamonn O’Kane came from,” Tucker explained to World Boxing News.

“If the IBF middleweight title were to become vacant, the IBF would start with #1, N’Dam and #3, Felix Sturm. If either one of them are unavailable we would continue down the list.

“There is always the possibility that we could get down to #8, O’Kane but I don’t think so this time.”

SERGIO MORA IBF

Sergio Mora missed out on the chance to challenge Taylor this Friday night due to an injury suffered by ‘Bad Intentions’.

He battles replacement Abraham Han instead as ‘The Latin Snake’ continues his quest for a second world title reign.

Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.