Carl Froch has been branded as arrogant by Nathan Cleverly after apparently turning down a fight with WBO light-heavyweight champion.
Cleverly admitted defeat in his quest to face Froch in the summer at Cardiff City stadium, and will now fight Tommy Karpency in front of his beloved Welsh fans at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on February 25th.
Froch lost his WBC super-middleweight title against Andre Ward in the Super Six final in December. Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn is reportedly poised to announce a home-and-away battle with Lucian Bute.
Here is what the Welshman said to Skysports about Froch rejecting the clash.
I just think it makes sense and it would be a great fight. I know he'd have to move up a weight but it's an opportunity for him to become a two-weight world champion and if it's going to be an easy fight for him then why not do it.
I think Cleverly's bitterness comes from the fact he has a poor title defence coming up in February against an opponent who won't really test him. There is no doubt that the Cleverly vs Froch fight would be a great fight, and I can see it happening in the future. Froch will probably be looking to put his defeat behind him by showing the boxing world he is better than his performance against Ward. I'd love to see a rematch with Kessler if that could happen, and then see Froch move up to fight some bigger names in the light-heavyweight division. A fight between the two of them would see two fighters with granite chins, just banging away at each other for 12 rounds - which is what we all want to see.
I can understand Cleverly's disappointment but there will be plenty of big fights in the future for him...a lot bigger than Tommy Karpency.