Hearn: Froch eager for Las Vegas showdown, DeGale could fight for vacant title
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has contacted Top Rank once more in a bid to resurrect a super-middleweight world title fight between Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for January 2015.
Hearn had been locked in talks over the summer as he aims to land a dream fight in Las Vegas for Froch, although negotiations came to a halt and talk then switched to possible bouts at home with James DeGale and Mikkel Kessler.
Through his own admission, Froch is unwilling to give mandatory challenger DeGale his shot at the IBF crown, which could lead to ‘The Cobra’ vacating the title – whilst Kessler remains a back-up option if a US clash fails to materialize.
Speaking as Froch gears up to receive the freedom of his home city in Nottingham, Hearn says Chavez is the only fight he is focusing on at the moment as his star man aims to see out his career in style.
“Talks with Top Rank will continue this week and I’m hopeful I will deliver the fight that Carl Froch wants, which is to tick a box of fighting in Las Vegas to crown a sensational career,” Hearn is quoted by The Daily Star.
“Top Rank came on and said they are talking to Chavez Jr this week. I can’t go too much into it because there are contractual issues between them.
“Carl has a timeframe to defend his IBF title against James but this could open the door for James to fight for the vacant title.
“We could do a deal saying the winner of Froch-Chavez Jr will face the winner of the vacant IBF title fight between James and probably Gilberto Ramirez, who is also a Top Rank fighter, at Wembley.”
Ramirez, 23, would be a dangerous assignment for DeGale should that encounter come to fruition as the Mexican is stepping up the levels to world class with consummate ease of late.
‘Zurdo’ has stopped 23 of 29 opponents and barely lost a round in his career to far, plus was also voted WBN’s 2012 Prospect of the Year, an honour which seems fully justified on recent evidence.
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