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Carl Froch, with the "other" WBA world title
Observant readers at this point are no doubt a little bit confused. "Wait a minute," our observant readers are saying. "There's a WBA interim champion? But I thought Carl Froch was the WBA super middleweight champion. I thought he won that title in his exciting, unanimous-decision victory over Mikkel Kessler."
I was under that impression. But upon closer examination, it turns out that Froch is now the WBA "super" super middleweight champion.
So with Froch promoted, the "regular" world title was necessarily vacated and Kashtanov is the interim holder of that title.
Technically, I think that means a win should make him a mandatory for Froch, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that fight happening any time soon.
Boxing is popular in the Ukraine, and now it has another world champion, of sorts, to add to its proud tradition. That's good for selling a lot of tickets in the Ukraine.
Barboza should be a game challenger. It's the opportunity of the lifetime for him.
He's lost four of his past six fights, and a win here makes him perhaps the most unlikely belt holder in the entire sport.