IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn closed the door to any discussion of Froch fighting Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) anytime in the near future by saying that a fight between the two of them wouldn’t be a big enough event for it to be shown on HBO pay-per-view in the United States.
Apparently, that’s the only way Hearn will agree to let Froch fight the hard hitting Golovkin. Hearn doesn’t want to match Froch against Golovkin in the UK, even though a fight between the two would likely sellout Wembley Stadium in London, UK, and bring in huge money on Sky Box Office.
Sounding a little testy, Hearn told IFL TV, “When I tell you Froch-Golovkin is not HBO pay-per-view, it’s not my opinion, it’s what we’ve been told. It fact. I think I know better and it’s not. So Froch-Chavez is [pay-per-view].”
Hearn thinks that U.S boxing fans won’t want to see Froch and Groves on HBO pay-per-view, but they will want to see Froch vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. This is a big guess on Hearn’s part, because both fights are actually not pay-per-view type bouts. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Chavez Jr’s promoters at Top Rank won’t still try and make that fight a PPV bout. It’s just that the numbers will likely be woeful, because Froch does not have any kind of fan base or name recognition in the United States, and that’s not likely to change in the next couple of years.
Hearn might think a fight between Froch and Chavez Jr is a PPV fight, but he’s dreaming. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would likely add an HBO Chavez Jr-Froch 24/7 series to try and get the casual boxing fans excited about the fight, but I don’t see it happening. They can try and shove Froch down the throats of American boxing fans against Chavez Jr, but we’re talking low, low interest in that fight to the point where Hearn is going to be shaking his head afterwards for him thinking this fight would be PPV worthy.
If one of the HBO executives like Ken Hershman is the one that told Hearn that a Chavez Jr-Froch fight is a PPV event, he’s probably going to be disappointed as well because it’s not a big fight. Froch isn’t a household name and no matter what HBO and Top Rank does to try and make him one, he’ll still be an unknown.