Stevenson wants guarantee of fight against Carl Froch

Adonis Stevenson has stunned the world of boxing by asking for guaranteed confirmation that he will still remain the mandatory challenger of the International Boxing Federation or IBF to Carl Froch if the Briton does as planned and fights Mikkel Kessler first.

Sauerland and their counterparts from Matchroom Promotions have been involved in protracted talks with each other over the last couple of months for the Brit Froch to face the World Boxing Association or the WBA champion Kessler to have a unification match for their titles, which, it is believed, is headed to the United Kingdom in March.

And according to the reports that have emerged, the IBF is in favor of waiving off the mandatory title defense match against Stevenson for the Briton Carl Froch in lieu of the far more lucrative unification match for the title against Kessler. However, the Canadian wants guaranteed assurances from the IBF that he doesn’t have any problems with Froch facing Kessler first as long as he gets his shot at the title.

Speaking to, Stevenson has stated that he needs confirmation from the International Boxing Federation regarding their plans for the future and what they have in mind for him. The 36 year old came up from nowhere to become the number one contender for the IBF title after winning three straight matches in Montreal, Canada in the last one year.

However, Carl Froch is reluctant to face the unfancied boxer after defeating Yusaf Mack, another similarly unheralded opponent just last month. Froch defeated Lucian Bute to in one of the most thrilling encounters last May to win the title and the Canadian left hander could trigger the re-match clause in his contract at any possible moment. And that is something that has kept the IBF on its toes as well.