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Carl Froch left beltless, without an opponent and on the brink

Phil Jay 08/05/2015

Lawrence Lustig

Britain’s number one fighter, Carl Froch has been stripped of the one world title left in his possession following the WBA’s decision to allow Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm to fight for the WBA 168lb championship.

The WBA took action due to a lack of activity by the 37 year-old who has found it difficult to nail down a big name opponent for a possible Las Vegas swansong to his career.

Froch had already given up the IBF belt he took from Lucian Bute so impressively in 2012, although has now completely lost his status as a champion in the super middleweight division.

On the slight upside, the WBA have ruled that Andre Ward must defend the ‘super’ championship he holds against Froch if he successfully fends of Paul Smith Jnr on June 20 in Oakland on the back of the organisation finally giving their seal of approval to a non-title clash between the pair.

The ‘regular’ belt will now be on the line when interim title holder Chudinov defends against four-time world middleweight champion Felix Sturm this weekend in Frankfurt, Germany – meaning the latter has yet another chance to seal a recognised belt.

That leaves Froch to contemplate whether it is worth him prolonging his time in the sport any further as any rematch with Ward is at least five months from coming to fruition.

A potential clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was blown out of the water when the Mexican lost to Andrzej Fonfara last month and Froch is yet to find another suitable candidate to fulfil his dream of headlining the boxing capital of the world before he finally hangs up his gloves.

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