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Carl Froch loses WBA belt through inactivity

MARBELLA, Panama -- British boxer Carl Froch has been stripped of his WBA super middleweight belt because of a failure to defend his title since last May.

The WBA says Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm will fight for the vacant title May 9 in Germany.

Froch hasn't fought since beating George Groves in an all-British bout at Wembley Stadium on May 31. Since then, an attempted fight with Julio Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas fell through.

The WBA said in a statement that Froch will be the mandatory challenger for super champion Andre Ward if the American boxer beats Paul Smith in a non-title fight June 20. Ward beat Froch in 2012.