Carl Froch retained his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles in brutal fashion with an 8th round knockout of George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium last weekend.
The Cobra, who took on Groves in an eagerly awaited rematch, put to bed any doubts about his dominance in Britain at this weight category to claim his 33rd victory from 35 fights. Froch has now taken part in 12 straight world title fights and attention has now turned to what is next for the 36-year-old orthodox stance boxer.
Naturally there’s the appealing opportunity of a professional Las Vegas debut against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as well as the chance to claim the WBC super-middleweight belt if he wishes to take on Sakio Bika.
A third fight that could happen may see fellow Brit James DeGale go toe-to-toe with Froch and that has the possibility of luring in a big crowd, with Wembley Stadium being an ideal place for it to take place.
So with them all in mind, I have taken a look into these three boxers who are most likely to get a shot at dethroning the Cobra:
Sakio Bika –
The 35-year-old fighter has publicly already announced that he wants to fight Froch, which would see Bika’s WBC super-middleweight belt go on the line. Bika who has a career record of 32 wins, three draws and five defeats has said: “I want to fight Froch. He’s the man in England.
“Everyone would want to see a fight with three titles at stake.”
Bika has already faced British competition before which saw him defeated by Joe Calzaghe however don’t rule out another Brit competitor for the Cameroon-born boxer.
James DeGale –
DeGale knocked-out Brandon Gonzales on the undercard last Saturday for his 19th victory in 20 bouts and then watched on as Froch won the main event in superb style over Groves.
The 28-year-old’s only defeat came against Groves but he feels like he now deserves a chance at Froch in another all-British crunch battle. The venue would surely be Wembley Stadium once more, which would give the southpaw a platform to showcase his abilities to the world and become a top competitor in the middleweight division.
When asked about the possibility of the fight, DeGale said: "One hundred per cent. The question is does Carl Froch want to fight me? I'm not too sure, but I'm in a fantastic position now. I'm in the mandatory spot so he has to fight me within 120 days.
"I think he wants to go to Vegas to fight Chavez or another American. That's his dream so if he decides to do that, (and) he vacates the belt, then I'm next in line and I get to fight for the vacant title."
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. –
This could be the fight that Froch wants.
He has always said he wants to fight in Vegas and he is running out of time if he wants to pursue that dream. Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would provide a very stern test for the Nottingham-born Cobra but what better way to go out of the sport than to win in Las Vegas.
The 28-year-old’s only defeat during his 51 fight-career came two years ago against Argentinean Sergio Martinez so he certainly would be a tough opponent for Froch.
Froch is yet to fight in Vegas and so it seems like the logical thing for him to do if the offer is on the table and agreed by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The green light for that fight could also be given soon as Chavez has recently said he is keen for the battle in Vegas: "A fight with Froch would be huge. I am already looking forward to it happening."
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