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Carl Froch: If No Chavez, 'Strong Chance' That I'll Retire

By Edward Chaykovsky

IBF/WBA 'regular' super middleweight champion Carl Froch has advised Sky Sports News that there is "a strong chance" he will retire from boxing if a deal is not reached to face Julio Chavez Jr. on a 2015 date in Las Vegas.

James DeGale, who faces Marco Antonio Periban next month, is Froch's IBF mandatory challenger and says he will be ready to fight the champion as early as late January.

After drawing 80,000 fans to May's rematch with George Groves, Froch admits he is not mentally motivated to fight someone like DeGale. Based on his latest statements, he would rather retire than make the mandatory defense.

"That's where I am on it," said Froch said. "I've told that to Eddie Hearn."

"I don't need to risk putting my legacy at stake for another British pretender who's not earned his stripes and without giving James DeGale any stick - he's an Olympic gold medalist, he's done well - he's not quite earned his stripes, but he's mandatory for the IBF belt. Do I fight him? Do I take him seriously? Yes, but if the Chavez fight can happen in Vegas for me, that is the one.  If the Chavez fight doesn't happen, there's a strong chance of me retiring a happy man."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 123tyson123 on 10-17-2014

Infact I think Degale is a more dangerous fight and makes more sense.

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 10-17-2014

[QUOTE=123tyson123;15030698]Who really wants to see a chavez fight anyway. I'd like to see froch in vegas but theres other fights he could get[/QUOTE] None bigger than Chavez

Comment by 123tyson123 on 10-17-2014

Who really wants to see a chavez fight anyway. I'd like to see froch in vegas but theres other fights he could get

Comment by Weebler I on 10-17-2014

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;15030440]I'm not sure how Chavez Jr and GGG have become the biggest fights available. I can't imagine a casino in Vegas getting sold out with either guy facing Froch, unless the tickets are dirt cheap and they're looking to sell…

Comment by PrinceNaz88 on 10-17-2014

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;15030095] I'm probably James DeGale's biggest fan on here [/QUOTE] Behave.. I would be surprised if Froch retired if there is no Chavez fight, I think he will push for another Kessler fight.

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