For almost every boxer, performing under the bright lights of Las Vegas is at the top of their bucket list. After all, Las Vegas is synonymous with being the fight capital of the world.
It has played host to some of the most historic nights in the sport between the greatest fighters ever to grace the game.
However, for Carl Froch, it is a box he has yet to tick- the only ambition that remains unfulfilled in his incredible career. Although he has already had a career beyond his wildest dreams, he will always be plagued by a nagging regret that he failed to fulfil his biggest fantasy if he retires without the fighting in Vegas.
Most fighters would have retired after his stunning one punch knockout of domestic nemesis George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley stadium. That would have been a fitting end to any fighter’s career, yet Froch’s burning desire to do battle in Vegas keeps the fire in his belly.
Vegas or Bust
It is Vegas or Bust for Carl Froch. The 37 year old WBA/IBF super middleweight world champion insists he could retire if his dream match-up with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fails to materialise.
Froch recently stated: “I’ve said before if I can’t fight in Vegas I’ll probably call it a day. It has to be big, and Chavez Jr is that man, and I have had a good chat with my promoter and we are making good progress with that fight and hopefully we’ll have an announcement soon.”
There are some things money can’t buy, and a fight in boxing’s Mecca isn’t about his bank balance: it is about his legacy. Froch has already secured the financial future of his family for generations, and of course, he would make many millions in a fight with Chavez Jr in Vegas.
But money isn’t his sole motivation: he is fuelled by the desire to fulfill a boyhood dream. If all the blood, sweat and tears thus far have been the crescendo, then Vegas could be the climatic last act of the remarkable career of the ‘Cobra’.
No DeGale fight
That is why any money spinning domestic clash with James De Gale will play subordinate to his ambition of fighting Chavez Jn to the backdrop of a sell-out crowd at the MGM Grand. Froch has earned his stripes the hard way - no one should deny him his date with destiny.
Let’s hope that a Froch vs Chavez Jr clash will be added to the roll call of classics that have occurred in Vegas throughout the rich history of boxing. Now that would be a dramatic last tick on the bucket list of one Britain's greatest ever boxers.
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