HBO has 4 names for Froch: Kessler, Ward, Chavez Jr. and Golovkin
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is saying that HBO has four names that they’d like for Hearn’s fighter IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) to fight on their network in the United States and those are as follows: Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Mikkel Kessler.
Hearn says he wants to match Froch up against Ward next year in the spring. As for the other names, Hearn is planning on putting Froch back in with Kessler before the end of this year if Kessler will agree to a third fight against Froch. Kessler just lost to Froch by a 12 round unanimous decision in their rematch last month on May 25th in London, UK.
There’s no telling if Kessler will want to fight Froch a third time because he got a lot of money for this fight, and he may not need another fight against the Brit.
Hearn said to the Telegraph.co.uk “Home Box Office [HBO] have come up with four names – Kessler, Ward, Golovkin and Cesar Chavez Jr. I think we will end up facing Ward next spring in an outdoor venue in the UK. We want it over here.”
This is good news because HBO only shows quality fights and they’re not going to televise just anything that Hearn puts in the ring with Froch. So if Hearn gets any ideas about putting Froch back in the ring another Yusuf Mack type of opponent, then he can probably forget about HBO wanting to televise that slop because they’re not going to do it.
HBO wants to show quality fights, and that means Chavez Jr, Ward and Golovkin. I’m not so sure about Kessler-Froch. If I was the one making the decisions with HBO, I’d forget about televising another fight between them in the U.S because the last one was plain awful with Kessler looking timid as heck for the first 4 rounds, and Froch clumsy and awkward in the last 8 rounds.
That fight was painful to watch because it wasn’t pleasing to the eye like their first fight. My advice would be for HBO to say no to the Froch-Kessler 3 fight and instead have Andre Dirrell’s name inserted in there as one of the four fights. Froch has unfinished business with Dirrell anyway from their controversial 2009 fight that Dirrell appeared to win handily but instead lost by a 12 round split decision in Nottingham, UK.