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Hearn outlines Froch summer options

The 37 year-old was locked in talks with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his bid to fulfil a lifelong dream of headlining in Las Vegas this spring – before damaging his elbow in training. Hearn says that the Chavez fight is still one of a number of options open to Froch upon his return to the ring, along with a much-touted battle with the evergreen Bernard Hopkins.

“We will try to reschedule the (Chavez Jr) fight for the summer now and other names have also come into the hat,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ at the Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan press conference on Thursday.

“There is Bernard Hopkins, Gennady Golovkin is a fight that everybody would love to see, Mikkel Kessler potentially and, of course, James DeGale is the mandatory challenger for Carl Froch.

“I think Carl Froch will fight again but he is in a great position where, if he doesn’t, he can always hold his head up high and remember that great night at Wembley in front of 80,000.

“But, because of that night, he needs something that is going to make him get up at six o’clock in the morning. Something to make him do those hill runs and have those tough sparring sessions.

“But he has still got the fire in his belly,” he added.

Froch was given a deadline of January 31 by the IBF to agree a deal with mandatory challenger DeGale, although Chairman Lindsey Tucker informed WBN on Wednesday that ‘The Cobra’ can now apply for a 60-day extension.