Froch targeting Golovkin and Chavez Jr.
By Sean McDaniel: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) has a tough title defense ahead of him next month against George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) on November 23rd, but if Froch can successfully win that fight and get out of it in one piece, he’d like to face WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after that. Froch is open to fighting Golovkin at a catch-weight because he can’t get down to 160 due to his size, and he wouldn’t expect the shorter 5’10″ Golovkin to come up all the way to 168 to make the fight happen.
Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is very interested in putting together the Froch-Golovkin fight if possible after the Groves fight. Hearn would like to bring Golovkin over to the UK to stage the fight, and he sees it as a pay-per-view caliber bout in the UK.
Froch told RingTV “There’s Gennady Golovkin, who looks really powerful and he’s a very capable operator. That would have to be at super middleweight or he could meet me at a catch weight because it would be impossible for me to come down to 160 pounds. There’s also been talk of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and that’s another big fight in the States and over here in the UK.”
Chavez Jr. vs. Froch would take place at 168, unless Chavez Jr. had problems making that weight like he did against his last opponent Brian Vera. That might cause problems if Chavez Jr. were to miss the weight and come in as a light heavyweight for the fight. A fight between Chavez Jr. and Froch would have to wait until the second half of next year because Chavez Jr. will be facing Vera in a rematch in early 2014.
None of this will mean anything if Froch doesn’t get past George Groves next month. If Froch can’t score a knockout or at least one or two knockdowns, he could end up having a hard time trying to earn a victory in this fight because Groves seems to have a pretty good idea of how to beat Froch. He’s faster than him, he moves better and he’s got the power to cause Froch a lot of problems if he can land consistently with his shots.
What Groves doesn’t have is a good inside game like Andre Ward. Froch had problems with Ward’s inside game in their fight in the Super Six tournament, and it was mostly due to Ward’s inside fighting that he was able to top Froch by a 12 round decision. It’ll be a much tougher road for Groves to get a win over Froch because he’ll have to do it by fighting on the outside and using a lot of in an out attacks. It’s doable for Groves to win, but he’s going to have to take a lot of heavy shots in the process o getting the victory.