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Carl Froch has revealed that a deal is “nearly there” for him to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas with a date in March being touted.
The IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion has revealed that he hopes promoter Eddie Hearn can make an announcement on the fight very soon and that terms of the bout have nearly been agreed.
Froch has made no secret of his desire to fight in Las Vegas since he defeated George Groves the first time round back in November 2013, and it appears as though he is edging closer to that dream.
“We’re nearly there, dare I say it, with the Chavez fight in Vegas which I’ve talked about since knocking out Groves,” Froch told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I’m very optimistic that Eddie Hearn will be making an announcement very soon.
“That’s the fight that takes me to Las Vegas, it’s the fight I’ve been calling out for since November 2013 so it’s dragged on a fair while. Between beating Mikkel Kessler and fighting Chavez I’ve obviously had the two epic fights with Groves.
“Chavez is a great fighter, one loss in 51 fights, and he’s coming up to a weight he’ll be more comfortable at. That carries dangers and question marks – is he good enough at super-middle?
“Have I still got what it takes to go 12 rounds because it looks like Chavez can survive? He can get through 12 rounds with anybody, he’s very tough like his dad was.
“It’s an intriguing fight – it’s a ‘pick ‘em’. It’s not ‘Froch is definitely going to win’ or ‘Chavez is definitely going to win’.”
In addition, Froch noted that after a great 2014, he isn’t ready to hang up his gloves yet even after the Chavez fight, which essentially could open the door for James DeGale.
DeGale established himself as the mandatory challenger for Froch’s IBF title with wins over Brandon Gonzales and Marco Antonio Periban last year, and he has been calling for the fight for some time.
However, with Froch revealing that the Chavez deal is nearly done, it is likely that he will have to vacate the IBF title which will allow DeGale the opportunity to fight for it against the next best contender.
It is unclear as to who that will be with Andre Dirrell and George Groves mentioned, but Froch left the door open for a fight with DeGale down the line as he conceded that he has been impressed with him in recent times.
“I’m not 47, I’m 37. I still feel fresh, I still feel fit. As long as I can still do what I need to do physically then I’ll continue to box.
“James DeGale is looking really good, I’m impressed with what he’s doing, he’s improved so much. That’s a massive fight here for Britain.”