Carl Froch Injured, Potential J.C. Chavez Jr. Bout Put On Hold
Carl Froch’s British invasion of Las Vegas has been temporarily put on hold.
Super fight On Hold
Super middleweight champion Carl Froch of Britain announced on Monday that he suffered an elbow injury during training and that he will be “out of action until the summer”. As a result, Froch’s plans of staging a U.S. super-fight on March 28th against Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been put on hold. Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Froch, had been deep in negotiations with Chavez adviser Al Haymon in the past months and were “almost ready to go” when the injury happened.
The fight was all set except being finalized since Chavez was involved in a contract dispute with his promoter Top Rank. Top Rank sued Chavez last year, claiming that the fighter still owed them one more fight. How Haymon and the Chavez camp dealt with the case or settled it to say that they were close to making a deal with Matchroom was undisclosed.
Finally in Las Vegas
Froch has fought four times in the United States, but never in Las Vegas. He suffered the biggest setback of his career in the United States when he lost to Andre Ward during a super middleweight title unification bout in 2011. But after his most recent fight, an eight round KO victory over rival George Groves before 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium, Froch broached about the idea of fighting one big fight in Las Vegas before calling it a career. Froch is 37 years old and admits that he is not getting any younger. He made it clear last May that he wanted to end his career in a blaze of glory and part of that would have to be finally fighting in Las Vegas on a big boxing card.
The young Chavez was the perfect opponent. Along with Saul Alvarez and Juan Manuel Marquez, the 28-year old son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez is one of Mexico’s biggest boxing superstars. Froch’s huge British fan base and Chavez Jr.’s cult following in Mexico would have provided the perfect stage for one of 2015’s biggest matches.
Although the injury is not serious and Froch is expected to be back as early as the summer, the Cobra faces another dilemma. The IBF has ordered him to face mandatory challenger and countryman James De Gale. If both camps do not reach a deal by the end of January, the IBF will order a purse bid. But since Froch is injured and intends to fight Chavez, he will have to consider vacating the title and losing one of his belts.
At this point in his career, Froch is already a four-time super middleweight title winner. It’s no longer about the belts but about the big money fights. The road to that leads to Las Vegas and to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Chavez has decided to keep himself busy by booking an April 18th fight against lightweight contender Andzej Fonfara.
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