Froch stripped of WBA belt

The Nottingham puncher???s inability to sign up for a big fight ??? with a date against Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas falling through ??? means his inactivity has cost him the championship.

But the WBA have ruled that ???super??? champion Andre Ward, who defeated Froch in 2012, must face ‘The Cobra’ if the American comes through his fight on June 20 against Liverpool???s Paul Smith.

The regular title that Froch won in his rematch with Mikkel Kessler in 2013 will now be contested this weekend between interim title holder Fedor Chudinov and four-time world champion Felix Sturm in Frankfurt, Germany.

Froch, aged 37, will now have questions lingering about his future in the sport with a potential rematch against Ward several months away.

Froch???s last outing remains his Wembley Stadium knockout of George Groves a year ago.