Carl Froch Next Fight: James DeGale, Julio Cesar Chavez, or Someone Else to be Next Opponent?
Carl Froch knocked out George Groves in their rematch and now everyone is wondering who Froch will fight next.
Froch, 26, fought in his 12th consecutive world title match–and retained the IBF and WBA titles.
His next opponent could be 2008 British Olympic medalist James DeGale.
DeGale knocked out Brandon Gonzales in the undercard, earning him a mandatory shot at Froch’s IBF super middleweight title.
The 28-year-old DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) already made remarks about Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) being past his prime earlier this year. “I think he’s had some hard fights, some tough fights,” DeGale told Sky Sports. “He’s been around for a while now and I think probably his best days are behind him.”
Another potential opponent is former middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., a Top Rank boxer who now fights at supper middleweight.
That fight was previously considered for around this time before the Froch-Groves rematch was set up, reported ESPN.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (R) lands a right hand to the head of Brian Vera during their Light Heavyweight bout at StubHub Center on September 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
A Froch-Chavez fight would have the draw to get into Las Vegas. Froch says he wants to fight in Vegas, and has also expressed interest in facing Chavez.
“That, to me, would be hard to top,” Froch said, referring to knocking out Groves in front of such a massive crowd. “I’d love to box in Las Vegas. It ticks a really special box for me. It’s the fight capital of the world. I will never top boxing at Wembley, the national stadium, in front of 80,000 people. To put boxing on this platform is special, I’m very proud. My children will look back and say: ‘That was my daddy in there.’
“But I’m not going to even think about (the next fight) right now. I’m going to take the summer off.”
A third potential opponent is Andre Ward, who was dubbed the unanimous winner when he and Froch fought in New Jersey 30 months ago.
Froch wants a rematch, and others would like to see one as well.
“If Andre Ward correctly believes that he’s a bigger star, then [Froch] is there,” analyst Roy Jones Jr. said on HBO’s post-fight broadcast, according to Bleacher Report. “The economic incentive is to go over there.”
Ward hasn’t committed to going overseas for the bout, but Froch has insisted that Ward does travel across the pond if the fight were to happen.