Rising South African super-middleweight Tommy Oostuizen has
reportedly turned down the opportunity to face Nottingham's IBF
champion Carl Froch in November.
Earlier this week it was rumoured that Froch would head to the
United States to make the first defence of the title he won by
stopping Lucian Bute in May, with unbeaten Oostuizen apparently
heading a list of potential opponents.
However, Oosthuizen's manager Brian Mitchell has stated that
they would rather get the reigning IBO title holder some more
learning fights in the US before challenging the big boys of the
"We've turned down that fight," Mitchell said to
"It is proper that Lou DiBella will feature him on Shobox. The
American boxing public just loves Tommy."
Froch's camp are said to still be looking at former middleweight
champion Kelly Pavlik as a potential foe.
Froch is scheduled to engage in a rematch with Bute in 2013 and
is also hoping to duke it out with Denmark's Mikkel Kessler at some
stage. Kessler defeated him on points in 2010.