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Carl Froch talks about potential fights on the 'short list'

With Chavez Jr. coming off a loss and no longer in consideration, Carl Froch responds to questions about the other opponents he could face if he continues his career.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Carl Froch is no longer considering a fight with Chavez Jr. after his poor showing and loss against Fonfara recently, so now he weighs his other potential options. Chavez Jr. had his name being thrown around quite a bit in regards to Carl Froch, with Carl wanting a big fight in Las Vegas, and Chavez Jr. carrying enough name value to ensure a good selling event. Froch gave his thoughts what he saw from Chavez Jr. in a very practical analysis.

"Chavez's style is to come forward, throw hooks to body and head, which was effective at 160 pounds. Can he make that work at super middle in the future? It remains to be seen but the odds don't look good because he doesn't live clean and inactivity is another serious issue."

Sure - nothing most of us fans don't understand rather intuitively, but he's right nonetheless. So now Froch responds to questions about the other fighters on the 'short list' if and when he decides to carry on. The list consists of Andre Ward, James DeGale, Gennady Glolovkin, Bernard Hopkins, and Mikkel Kessler. Starting off with Ward, Froch says:

"I got myself excited about fighting Ward again but, dare I say it, he just didn't fancy it...Ward said he wouldn't fight in Nottingham City Ground and that's a venue which holds 35,000 fans. The problem is he's not big enough to fill Wembley Stadium and the biggest broadcasting networks aren't interested in showing his fights. He's got Paul Smith next, who is coming off two great fights with Arthur Abraham, so hopefully Paul can give him something to think about. All I'm saying is, he could have been in against me and had the opportunity to regain the top spot."

So it doesn't seem like any rematch between Froch and Ward is that likely to come off, but it's still a possibility. Regarding James DeGale, Froch mentions him as a good fighter who hasn't yet been tested. That will change when he faces Andre Dirrell on May 23rd, who is coming off some sub-par competition but is clearly immensely talented. Froch says the winner of DeGale-Dirrell could potential make for a good fight for him.

Froch also states that Gennady could possibly be in the cards, but realistically he hasn't shown any inclination to move up to 168lbs. With that being the case, that fight may prove difficult to make in the short term (and Froch likely won't be around for the long term). Bernard Hopkins doesn't interests Froch, though he greatly admires ageless wonder, because he says he respects Hopkins too much to really want to put a beating on him (but he thinks he could force a stoppage if it took place).

Lastly he was asked about Mikkel Kessler, who is currently retired. Froch responded with:

"We're one and one but I beat him fair and square in the rematch and it was quite convincing. With that said, I could give him a call tonight and we would thrash out a deal in less than 24 hours. Mikkel said he would come back for me or (Andre) Ward but this is a guy I've shared the ring with for over an hour, bashing each other in the face. Do I really want to fight him again? The answer is no. Would I get up for fighting him again? The answer is yes."

Who do you think should be the front runner for Carl Froch. Which is the biggest fight out there for him?

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