Carl Froch will be forced to reassess his options over a summer comeback after Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was defeated by Andrzej Fonfara in California on Saturday.
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Froch has made no secret of his desire to face the Mexican in a pay-per-view show in Las Vegas this summer, but it doesn’t appear as that will happen now after the shock result.
Chavez Jr was stopped after nine rounds by Fonfara as he made his return to the ring after being inactive for over a year, and it was evident that it played a part in his out-of-sorts performance.
As a result, it remains to be seen what he opts to do next as he has already called out for the rematch which would in turn scupper Froch’s plans to face him when he returns from an elbow injury in the coming months.
With Andre Ward announcing that he will return on June 20 in California against an unnamed opponent as of yet, it appears as though the WBA super-middleweight champion from Nottingham is running out of options.
A domestic fight with James DeGale could be a possibility later in the summer provided that the latter wins the IBF title against Andre Dirrell in Boston on May 23, but that would ultimately mean that Froch will remain inactive for a few months.
The 37-year-old has previously talked down fighting DeGale and even vacated the IBF belt as he didn’t want to stand in his way of winning a world title if he wasn’t going to fight him.
However, there may be few other options down the line with his dream Vegas bout now in doubt, and so promoter Eddie Hearn will have to consider their options carefully.
Meanwhile, there is also the possibility that Froch walks away and retires as both he and Hearn have stressed that he doesn’t necessarily have to make a comeback unless he is highly motivated by the fight and event on offer.