By Edward Chaykovsky
Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is distancing his fighter, IBF/WBA 'regular' super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24KOs), from a potential clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Hearn had several discussions with Top Rank regarding the fight but they continue to have issues between Chavez, who believes he's a free agent and refuses to agree to any fight unless all of the promotional terms are satisfactory.
While the Top Rank/Chavez dispute plays out, Hearn is setting his sights on putting Froch in the ring against mandatory challenger and Olympic gold medal winner James DeGale (19-1, 13KOs).
"Carl Froch against Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas now looks unlikely and we are looking for Carl to defend his WBA and IBF titles in London, probably the O2 Arena, against James DeGale in February," Hearn told Gareth Davies of The Telegraph.