Carl Froch: I don’t see how Dubois vs Joshua can be an IBF title fight

Carl Froch: I don’t see how Dubois vs Joshua can be an IBF title fight

In his opinion, money and politics actively interfere in the affairs of the IBF

Former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of the fight between the former world champion Anthony Joshua (28-3, 25 KO) and the IBF heavyweight belt holder Daniel Dubois (21-2, 20 KO).

“I don’t understand how this fight can be an IBF title fight. I don’t understand how the winner of this fight can raise his hands holding a beautiful red and gold belt. This should have been an interim IBF title fight or a British title fight.”

“These are two British fighters who lost to the champion Usyk. Alexander should not have been stripped of the IBF belt. Usyk is the undisputed champion, and now AJ and Daniel are going to fight for the world title. You cannot raise your hand at the end of this fight and call yourself a world champion. You both lost to Usyk – Dubois once, Joshua twice. So it’s not fair.”

“Why Usyk’s belt was taken away [IBF]? Because politics interferes with boxing. There is Eddie Hearn, there is Turki, there is a lot of money in boxing. The IBF has come to the conclusion that this belt is vacant now. I don’t think this belt should be vacant. It should be firmly in Usyk’s hands, and whoever wins in September should get a chance to fight the champion.”

The fight will take place on September 21. The arena for the event will be London’s Wembley Stadium. There, Dubois will defend his IBF heavyweight title, which he received after Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk renounced the belt.

The fight will be the headliner of a big night of boxing. The undercard will feature fights such as Tyler Denny vs. Hamza Shiraz, Anthony Kasame vs. Josh Warrington, Liam Smith vs. Josh Kelly, Joshua Buatsi vs. Willie Hutchinson and Mark Chamberlain vs. Josh Pudley.

Dubois finished the fight with Filip Hrgovic in the eighth round. The fight took place as part of the “5 on 5” event in Riyadh. The British heavyweight won the title of “interim” IBF champion in the fight with the Croatian.

Joshua won his last fight against former UFC world champion Francis Ngannou. After the fight, Eddie Hearn called Anthony the number 1 heavyweight boxer in the world. Joshua himself spoke about his desire to hold his next fight in June, but he was offered to postpone the fight until September.

Source: Sportarena

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