Froch-Chavez Jr possible for March, says Hearn
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is working on a fight between Froch and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) for March of 2014 for Las Vegas, Nevada.
Froch, 37, badly wants the Chavez Jr fight in Vegas for some reason. He says he’s always wanted to fight in Vegas. It’s unclear why he’s dialed into the inactive Chavez Jr, because this is a fighter who was badly exposed by Sergio Martinez a couple of years ago, and Chavez Jr has done precious little since that fight other than beating a middleweight fringe contender named Brian Vera.
Chavez Jr moved up to super middleweight due in part because of his struggles to make the 160 pound limit for the middleweight division, but instead of fighting 168 pound fighters in his two fights in that weight class, Chavez Jr has twice fought Vera, a middleweight. It’s kind of baffling.
At this point Chavez Jr still has never fought a super middleweight, and he’s obviously totally unproven in this weight class.
“Hopefuly we get Froch-Chavez Jr made,” Hearn said via Skysports.com. “Out there [in Las Vegas]. I’m trying to tie things up. We are looking at the end of March, potentially. It’s a great fight. Carl gets his Vegas fight.”
In other words, Froch gets his fight against a slow plodder without much defense. This obviously puts Froch in a good position to end his career with a victory rather than a loss, which would likely be the case if Froch were to step it up against a proven super middleweight like Andre Dirrell, Anthony Dirrell or Andre Ward. Fighting Chavez Jr puts Froch in a good position to end his career with a victory if this is going to be his last fight of his career.
If Froch takes the Chavez Jr fight next then he’ll be walking away from a title defense for his IBF belt against James DeGale. Hearn promotes DeGale as well, and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind making a fight between Froch and him in the UK.
Unfortunately for Hearn, Froch has been cool to the idea of defending his titles against DeGale, even though it would arguably be a much, much better fighter than Froch’s last two fights against George Groves. As for Groves, he’s still interested in facing Froch again, but Froch doesn’t see it as a viable fight due to his two recent knockout wins over Groves