By Edward Chaykovksy
Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is still unsure as to who IBF/WBA 'regular' super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24KOs) will face in the fall. After drawing 80,000 fans for his eight round TKO over George Groves in May, Froch is looking for the biggest fight possible.
Hearn has reached out to Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum to make a fight between Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but the Mexican boxer is having promotional issues with Top Rank.
The more likely option is unbeaten James DeGale (19-1, 13KOs), who is Froch's IBF mandatory. Froch has to face DeGale by February of next year. In the event it won't be DeGale, Hearn already set aside a tentative date of October 11th at the O2 Arena.
"I sat down with James DeGale last week and I am confident he will fight Carl Froch sooner or later. The question at the moment is when. As you know, he is the mandatory for Carl’s IBF super-middleweight world title and Carl must fight him by the end of February," Hearn stated in The Daily Mail.
"Carl’s preferred option is Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr in Las Vegas in November or December, but I don’t think that is going to happen. I have had exploratory conversations with Bob Arum who would like the fight to happen in October so we will see how that plays out. That leaves DeGale and Mikkel Kessler as the realistic options for the end of 2014."
"If a fight with Froch doesn’t happen this winter, I will look to get James DeGale a big fight at the O2 Arena on October 11 but all roads lead to Carl Froch."