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Carl Froch: Chavez Jr. fight can happen

Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn is taking a flight to the U.S. to meet with the elusive Al Haymon, with the hopes of putting together a Froch-Chavez Jr. fight.

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Carl Froch has outwardly expressed his desires to fight under the bright lights of Las Vegas at least once before he retires. He's even intimated that he could retire immediately if this ambition isn't able to come to fruition. Of course there were whispers of a possible Carl Froch - Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. tussle, but being that Julio is locked into a contractual dispute with Top Rank, it seemed as though he would be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

However, Froch has now stated that his promoter Eddie Hearn is skipping to this side of the pond to meet with Chavez Jr.'s new advisor, the legendary (or infamous depending on your point of view), Al Haymon.

"Eddie Hearn is jumping on the plane," Froch said. "I don't know whether that is tomorrow or Wednesday, and he's got a very important meeting with Al Haymon and, hopefully, there is going to be some news soon. We'll see.

"He is now looking after Chavez Jr. and, apparently, he (Chavez Jr.) is not under that contract [with Top Rank]. If that is the case, and he is a free agent, then there is no reason that fight can't happen early next year - maybe in March or April. That's the big one for me."

That may sound all well and good, but the problem is that this statement already presumes Chavez Jr. isn't under contract, a point that is still clearly unclear at this time. Bob Arum says Chavez Jr. still owes Top Rank one more fight, and Arum surely won't have a problem getting litigious with it in order to make his point.

One fight that Froch says won't be happening is a title defense against James DeGeale. In his own words:

"I would fight James DeGale if that warranted going to Vegas," said Froch. "Unfortunately, it would be at The O2 in England and I have done it, I have been there. At 37, I think I should be entitled to say: ‘I fancy Las Vegas.'"

If by some miracle the involved parties are able to swiftly sort out Chavez's contract status and actually put this fight together, it would undoubtedly be an intriguing match-up between perhaps the two most ironed-chinned fighters in the sport. Which chin cracks first? Hard to say, but my gut tells me it would be Jr's, if anybody.

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