Boxing

/ News

  • Super middleweight

Chavez Jr wants Froch fight in Vegas

ESPN staff
June 3, 2014 « Rooney has to play for England, says Charlton | Rashid's burst takes Yorkshire top »
Buncey's Boxing Podcast: Froch, DeGale, Butler, Jennings

Carl Froch's hopes of securing a money-spinning Las Vegas swansong have been boosted with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr confirming his interest in a potential mega-fight.

US promoter Bob Arum, who handles Chavez Jr, has admitted WBA and IBF world super middleweight champion Froch's spectacular knockout of George Groves at Wembley caught America's attention.

Arum said: "Carl versus Julio would be big in Vegas and definitely a pay-per-view event on HBO television."

A Froch-Chavez bout would likely bring in more than $50 million (£29m) in pay-per-view revenue from America and Britain as well as the gate receipts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Froch has told ESPN that retirement is "very much on the table" after his Wembley triumph. However he also admitted he is tempted by the possibility of facing Chavez or Andre Ward, the only elite super middleweight he hasn't beaten.

Five of the best for Froch

Carl Froch knocked out George Groves at Wembley © PA Photos

Arum has already opened talks with American network HBO about a Froch-Chavez fight, with November an early projected date.

Chavez himself has given the green light, saying: "A fight with Froch would be huge. I am already looking forward to it happening."

A decider with Mikkel Kessler has also been mooted, while WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika has proposed a unification fight.

"Carl Froch says he would like to fight in Las Vegas because he has never fought there," said Bika. "Well, I would fight him there and that would be a fight everyone would want to see.

"When you hold three belts in one division, then you are the man. It's something to look back on when you retire to say you held three belts.

"It would be a very good fight for me to fight Carl Froch for the three belts because that would be a fight everyone in the world would want to pay money to see.

"If you held the WBC, WBA and IBF belts, you would be the king of the mountain."

However Froch's promoter Barry Hearn appeared to rule out the possibility of a unification fight, saying: "The Bika fight, from a financial perspective, isn't really up there."

Carl Froch's spectacular knockout of George Groves has caught America's attention, according to US promoter Bob Arum © Getty Images
Enlarge
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Feeds Feeds: ESPN staff

ESPN staff Close