The International Boxing Federation has ordered their super middleweight champion Carl Froch to defend his title against fellow Briton George Groves.
The IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker told The Sun newspaper: “Adonis Stevenson was the mandatory but got tired of waiting for the opportunity to fight Froch and moved up to light-heavyweight to box for the WBC title.
“Under the rules, when that happens we go down the list to see who is next.
“We got down as far as Groves and he has been made our mandatory challenger for Froch.
“We have sent letters to both fighters, dated June 10, and asked them to start negotiations for a mandatory defence.
“The boxers will have until July 12 to come to an agreement. If they can’t, we will then call for a purse bid.
“The successful bidder would be notified by July 24 and we would expect the fight to take place 90 days later, which would take us to the middle of October.”
If Froch fails to face his mandatory opponent there is every chance the 36 year-old could be stripped of his IBF title.
July 2, 2013