WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch believes he still has plenty to offer the sport as the Briton nears the completion of talks to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas this coming March.
The 37 year-old is hopeful that promoter Eddie Hearn will be able to confirm the fight in the near future and Froch says his recent performances against George Groves should be evidence enough that he is not yet ready for the retirement scrapheap.
“When you think how much I have improved since the Ward fight I have had some great wins,” Froch told Sky Sports News HQ. “The rematch against Kessler, those two epic battles with George Groves and the second one such a conclusive finish.
“That (the Groves bout) was a fight I found quite easy to win. I just kept on the back foot, backed him up with body shots and then left, right goodnight – fight over. It wasn’t really hard work physically.
“At this stage of my career to be producing that, why would people then doubt me against Chavez?
“Chavez a great fighter. I think with one loss in 50 fights it is and he is coming into a weight division that he is probably going to be more comfortable at. It carries its dangers, but it carries its question marks. Is he good enough at super-middle? And have I still got what it takes to go twelve rounds? Because it looks like Chavez can survive and get through twelve rounds with anybody. He is very, very tough like his dad was.
“It’s an intriguing fight and it is almost a pick ’em,” he added.
Chavez has had several delays to his ring return due to a dispute with Top Rank Promotions about the current state of his contract, although is known to be keen to face Froch in what will be a massive pay-per-view offering on both sides of the Atlantic.