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Froch vs Chavez fight could headline another HBO pay-per-view

Carl Froch wants to fight under the Las Vegas lights, and there are once again early talks to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Matthew Lewis
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

There are reportedly talks about a super middleweight clash between IBF and WBA world champion Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, with promoter Eddie Hearn saying he's been told that HBO would do that fight on pay-per-view, whereas a Froch vs Gennady Golovkin fight would not be a pay-per-view bout.

The Froch-Chavez negotiations are described by WBN as "tentative talks," with the fight possible for January 2015. It's understandable, of course, that a fight with Chavez would be a potential pay-per-view clash, what with Chavez having a larger fan base to draw from than Golovkin, though personally I'd question the true value of a Froch-Chavez PPV fight at this point, as Chavez isn't exactly the star he was a couple of years ago. But even still, the belief that this is a viable fight on pay-per-view is there, and that's what matters. Everyone gets paid up front on belief, at least for the most part.

Froch (33-2, 24 KO) is coming off of a very impressive stoppage of George Groves in their May 31 rematch, while Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KO) beat Bryan Vera on March 1 in another rematch of a controversial 2013 fight.

Chavez has also been linked to a fight with middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, but there are obviously tremendous concerns about Chavez making 160 pounds again. He last made that weight in September 2012, and given his history of weight issues at 154 and 160, and the fact that he's just bigger now than he used to be because he's gotten older, that seems more a pipe dream than a realistic possibility.

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