Carl Froch is reportedly lining up a bout with fellow Brit George Groves.
Froch, who is currently the IBF super middleweight champion, has signalled that a potential fight with Groves could be made as early as late 2013.
The Cobra, fresh from victory in his revenge fight with Mikkel Kessler in May, was expected by many to opt for either an immediate rematch with Kessler or attempt another crack at the only other man to have ever beaten him - Andre Ward.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live however, Froch stated that talks with IBF mandatory challenger Groves were under way.
"George Groves is next in line, so we’re in negotiations," Froch said.
"Potentially the fight might happen this year but it is more likely to happen, if it does happen, next year."
Groves still holds a perfect record of 19 professional victories in as many appearances, including 15 knockouts.
Froch however is unhappy with his would-be-opponent after Groves assisted Kessler in the build up to their latest bout, which saw Froch triumph on points.
Froch added: "It’s quite unusual for a British fighter to spar a foreign fighter against a British fighter. You wouldn’t normally go and help them out."
With talks moving forward swiftly and the likelihood being that Froch versus Groves could feasibly be made this side of the new year, fans could be treated to more than one all-British encounter as David Haye has reportedly signed a deal which should see him fighting Tyson Fury later this year.
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