Carl Froch: Chavez Jr or Retire

Carl Froch has indicated that if his promoter Eddie Hearn is unable to secure a fight against Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas, he could walk away from Boxing and retire.

Since his knockout win against George Groves in May, the 37-year-old has thought about retiring since that stunning stoppage.

Froch insists that there is a strong chance that he’ll retire if he doesn’t get to fight Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas

Froch has insisted that he would be very interested in fighting in Las Vegas, Eddie Hearn has been trying to negotiate a deal with Chavez’s team and is close to sealing the dream bout for his fighter.

The deal was thought to be dead in the water after the Mexican’s team went quiet for a while, but talks were held at the weekend and things have moved a step closer.

Hearn, who believes the fight would most likely happen in early 2015, added:

‘As we all know, anything can happen in boxing, but I am hopeful that a fight can be made with Chavez in Las Vegas.

“Chavez’s situation with his promoters, Top Rank, is complicated, but one way or the other I believe this fight will now take place.

“For Carl, it has always been his dream to fight in Vegas so it is a fight we will try hard to finalise.

“It had seemingly died in the water, but I took a call from Top Rank on Saturday and they wanted to explore the possibilities further.

“I am now expecting to be on a conference call with Chavez’s representatives later this week where we will try to make more progress.”

Carl Froch would rather face Julio Chavez Jr than face James DeGale
Carl Froch would rather face Julio Chavez Jr than face James DeGale

’The WBA and IBF world super-middleweight champion is not keen on facing British rival James DeGale and doesn’t want to go back to fighting another British challenger; he’s been there twice in his last two fights and wants to fight at the Boxing capital of the world, MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Carl Froch doesn’t seem to have the motivation to get up and train for a fight with James DeGale and says the Vegas fight is what he wants.

“That’s where I am on it,” said Froch

A fight against the Mexican would see Carl Froch stake his WBA belt against Chavez for a multi-million payday in Vegas.

James DeGale is the mandatory challenger to the Cobra’s IBF title, so if Froch decides to face Chavez Jr rather than face his British rival he will probably need to vacate his IBF strap.

If Froch does vacate, DeGale will likely fight for the belt early in 2015.

 “I don’t need to risk putting my legacy at stake for another British pretender who’s not earned his stripes and without giving James DeGale any stick – he’s an Olympic gold medalist, he’s done well – he’s not quite earned his stripes, but he’s mandatory for the IBF belt.

“Do I fight him? Do I take him seriously? Yes, but if the Chavez fight can happen in Vegas for me, that is the one.

“If the Chavez fight doesn’t happen, there’s a strong chance of me retiring a happy man.”

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