Arum adamant on Chavez Jr. contract, wants to make Froch fight in Las Vegas
Top Rank boss Bob Arum has exclusively spoken to WBN this week and says that he wants to oversee a potential super-middleweight blockbuster between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Carl Froch in the USA.
Chavez Jr has attempted to branch out on his own for his next contest, which Arum is certain he still holds the rights to, and has already held talks with Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn about bringing ‘The Cobra’ to Las Vegas to fulfil his lifelong dream.
“Chavez Jr has one more fight that he is obligated to do with us and we are happy to make it the Froch fight,” Arum confirmed to World Boxing News in a Thursday night phone call.
“We await his decision, but we have one more fight and we are not selling our right to do that fight. We want to do it ourselves.
“We have spoken to Eddie Hearn a number of times, but we have to get Chavez into the ring – so that is what we are working on.”
When asked whether Las Vegas will definitely be the venue to stage the fight, Arum added: “It will happen in Las Vegas, yes.”
Froch, 37, has contemplated retirement since scoring two big knockout wins over British rival George Groves in the past twelve months and may well still do so if the Chavez fight doesn’t come to fruition in the next few weeks.
Initial talk had January as a tentative date for the blockbuster clash, although as time drags on the fight looks more likely to happen in the late spring as Froch eyes a Stateside swansong to end what has been a highly impressive career.
On the other hand, 28 year-old Chavez has been out of the ring since March and a double victory of his own against the rugged Bryan Vera. Those pair of victories are the only bouts the Mexican has participated in since going down to his only defeat to Sergio Martinez at middleweight in September 2012.
At this point the contest seems too big a match-up not to happen as both sides are fully on board and want it to take place. It’s just down to whether Chavez Jr is willing to put pen to paper on a final fight under the Top Rank banner before he moves on to pastures new.