By Nick Parkinson
PROMOTER Eddie Hearn reckons he has just two weeks to convince Carl Froch of a £5million rematch with George Groves – or the fight is dead.
Hearn admits the IBF-WBA world super-middleweight champion is not keen on fighting his British rival again after their thrilling but controversial clash in November.
Froch, 36, stopped Groves in the ninth round but he had been losing the fight and referee Howard Foster’s decision to halt it was slammed as premature.
Londoner Groves, who decked Froch in the first round, even travelled to America this week for an appeal with the IBF about the fight’s outcome.
Groves, 25, is hoping the IBF order an immediate rematch with Nottingham’s three-time world champion and there is no other fight British boxing fans want to see more in 2014.
And Hearn remains hopeful Froch will agree to a rematch with Groves by the end of the month rather than opting to fight Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas.
He said: “I have had numerous conversations with Carl and George and I think the fight with Groves will happen. I am hopeful it will go ahead in May.”