Chavez agrees Fonfara clash for April 18 as Froch hints at retirement

Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr looks set to remain at 175lbs after prospective opponent Carl Froch pulled out of negotiations for a world super-middleweight title fight with an elbow injury.

Both fighters had been locked in talks for weeks in a bid to seal a massive pay-per-view clash in Las Vegas, possibly on March 28, until Matchroom made the announcement on Monday that Froch would be out until the summer.

Chavez Jr wasted no time in setting up a replacement bout for his spring return as the ex-middleweight king released the news that he will face light-heavyweight world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara on April 18 at an unconfirmed venue.

Doubts about the encounter even making it to the ring have already surfaced though as Top Rank are adamant that they are still owed one more fight by Chavez under his current contract and were apparently not involved in the process of setting up the Fonfara bout.

This latest news could now mean a messy court battle between Top Rank and Chavez is on the cards whilst the Froch fight is on the back-burner until at least July if it ever takes place at all.

‘The Cobra’ posted a picture of hanging gloves on his social media account shortly after his ailment was made public by his promoters with the caption; ‘Something nice about this picture’ accompanying it.

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