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Froch: If I beat Chavez in style, why would I retire? DeGale is a massive UK fight

Phil D Jay 09/01/2015

WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is keeping his options open as the Nottingham fighter awaits news of a potential pay-per-view clash in Las Vegas against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Contrasting reports have been doing the rounds that Froch is set to retire if the Chavez fight fails to happen, although trainer Robert McCracken has already stated that he expects ‘The Cobra’ to be in the ring more than once in 2015.

Froch also has mandatory obligations to British rival James DeGale to consider, and when speaking to UK media on Thursday, the three-time world title holder was open to the possibility of facing the Olympic gold medallist if successful against Chavez.

“It’s all happening. It’s an exciting division and it’s all happening in boxing,” Froch told Sky Sports News HQ.

“I have been talking about retiring since I boxed Lucian Bute when everybody thought I was going to get beat. I would have retired after that fight had I got beat, but I have gone from strength to strength since winning that fight and here I am in 2015 talking about a big fight in Vegas.

“If I do get that fight at the end of March and I do beat Chavez in style and feel great doing it, then why would I retire at 37 years old? – I mean I am not 47 and I am still feeling fresh and fit. I have always said that if I am feeling good physically then I will continue to box.

“Chavez next, then who knows? James Degale is looking really good and I am impressed with what he is doing so much, so that is a massive fight for Britain.”

If Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn can secure the Chavez fight in the coming weeks, DeGale will then contest the vacant IBF title as stipulated by the organisation. DeGale could then hypothetically make a first defence against Froch later in the year depending on the outcome of any battle with the Mexican ex-world champion.

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