After Andre Ward dropped out of his October 29 fight with Carl Froch yesterday due to a cut suffered in sparring the night before, three dates have been offered to the pair, according to The Sun. The dates are December 10, December 17, and reportedly December 3, but that probably can't be right.
December 3 has a full slate on American TV already, as HBO pay-per-view has the Cotto vs Margarito rematch, and Showtime has countered with a bantamweight double-header headlined by the rematch between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko.
December 10 has Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson on HBO, which could actually be more of an issue for UK TV, as that would mean Sky Sports going head-to-head with Khan's fight on Primetime. It wouldn't be difficult for Froch to win that battle, but Sky may still dislike the idea of doing it and losing any potential viewers.
December 17 is an open date in the United States and I hope that's where the fight goes. Hopefully in 2012, promoters and networks can learn that we don't need months like August where there are basically zero significant fights on U.S. TV, but they won't, because there's some bizarre belief that the Olympics are going to cut into the boxing viewership. A lot of this stuff could be spaced out better, resulting in less potential clashes between the networks, and keeping boxing going strong with no lulls. There's just really no reason to have these networks jamming everything in in the fall the way they are this year. It's great to have all these fights, many of them really good matchups, but there's just no wiggle room.