IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn will be calling Top Rank promotions on Tuesday night to try and set up a fight between Froch and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for November or December this year. Froch wants the fight to be staged in Las Vegas, Nevada, because that’s one of the dreams that he has to fight under the bright lights.
Hearn will also be in talks with the promoters for Mikkel Kessler on Wednesday as a backup plan in case they can’t get Chavez Jr take the fight. Hearn also will be taking to IBF mandatory challenger James DeGale about a potential fight. DeGale is likely the last resort if Hearn can’t get Chavez Jr or Kessler to agree to the fight.
“There are three realistic options – Mikkel Kessler III, James DeGale and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr,” Hearn said to the Dailymail.co.uk. “We will start talks and see what can be done and what is possible. I would like to look at the end of November or December in Vegas. The fight in Vegas is what he really wants to do. If the right offer doesn’t come up then I am quite confident he will hang up his gloves.”
Hearn may very well have to go with option No.2 for Froch by matching him against Kessler in a third fight, because Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum likes the idea of putting him in with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next, because that’s the bigger fight in the U.S than a Chavez Jr-Froch fight.
If Arum is going to match Chavez Jr up against a risky opponent, then he’s definitely going to go for the bigger money fight by matching him against an opponent that is well known by the American fans. Froch is just a guy that is known by hardcore fans in American, and that’s not going to help Arum try and sell a fight between him and Chavez Jr on PPV, which is what Hearn would like to match him against.