Carl Froch has been clear that he is not interested in fighting his mandatory James DeGale to defend his IBF title belt. He is rather intrigued in fighting the son of a legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Froch told Skysports, “If the Chavez fight doesn’t happen, there’s a strong chance of me retiring a happy man.”
Carl Froch may now get his wish. Bob Arum in a recent interview with Marcos Villegas on Fighthub stated, “We’ve offered Chavez Jr. a fight with Froch, just that fight, and he’s finished with his contract, and we are waiting to hear back from him. We can do it probably by the end of January. It would be here in Las Vegas.” If these statements are true, it is practically a done deal in my opinion.
Here are the two reasons why:
1.) There have been speculation of tension between Bob Arum and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. due to the dispute regarding legality issues in the contract. Bob Arum recently denounced Chavez Jr. by recently telling ringtv.com, “Chavez, in a million years, wouldn’t fight this guy [Ramirez]. Ramirez would mop the floor with him. You can put that on the record.”
It’s very intriguing Arum would make such a statement knowing Chavez Jr. only has one fight left in his contract. If the hostility between the two were in fact true, a fight with Froch would be a great last payment before they head their separate ways.
2.) Froch apparently does not have money as a main priority at this juncture of his career. He’s more enticed fighting for his legacy than a purse. This explains why he wants to fight Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas or to just simply retire. This signifies Chavez Jr. would probably have more leeway in dictating the purse split. This would be one less obstacle both parties should be less concerned about, as long as the negotiations remain reasonable.
It is very difficult to see why this bout would not come into fruition early next year. Both camps seem to want this fight, and there are no political agendas preventing this matchup from happening.