Carl Froch will announce his next fight on Monday, August 20, with all signs pointing to a November clash against Thomas Oosthuizen. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
IBF super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch will announce his next fight this coming Monday, August 20. The fight will be a November date in Nottingham, and the leading candidate according to the latest chatter is South Africa's Thomas Oosthuizen.
Froch had previously reportedly targeted a rematch with Mikkel Kessler and a fight with former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, but neither got into serious negotiations. The Oosthuizen rumor has built up a lot of steam, and should probably be figured as the Monday announcement.
Froch (29-2, 21 KO) is coming off of the best win of his career, a fifth round TKO and overall domination of Lucian Bute on May 26. If Froch wins his November fight, and Bute wins his against Denis Grachev on November 3, the two will rematch next spring in Montreal.
If it is Oosthuizen (20-0-1, 13 KO) as expected, I've already said I like that fight quite a bit, and I'm happy to say it again. We're talking about a 6'4" southpaw super middleweight in the top ten of the division, or barely outside of the top ten at worst, and for Froch, this would almost be considered a tune-up, which is testament to the insane schedule Froch has kept over the last four years. Oosthuizen is no tune-up, though, and Froch will know that.
Whatever the fight winds up being, tickets will also be going on sale this Monday, so if you're looking to head to Nottingham in November to see Carl Froch, keep that in mind.