Recent comments attributed to boxing promoter Bob Arum have resulted in renewed hope for a Carl Froch vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight in the near future.
“Chavez always told me he wants to fight Carl Froch,” said the Top Rank CEO to Steve Kim at UCNlive.com, as relayed by Boxing News 24.
Arum continued: “We have one more fight on our contract with Chavez. Let him do that fight with Froch, who he says he wants to fight. Just one fight. He says he doesn’t want an extension. People have been tampering with him. We know. I look forward to him fighting Froch and going on his way.”
What is most telling about this statement is not the fact that Chavez Jr wants to fight Froch, it is that Arum seems willing allow the Mexican to seek new pastures after the fight.
Arum’s previous stance that Chavez had to sign a new contract extension in order to get a Froch contest was the major stumbling block in the negotiations.
Arum has been accused of being many things in the past, but it is beyond doubt that he is a very shrewd businessman and a stubborn boxing promoter. The 82 year old veteran promoter was said to be trying to use the Froch fight as leverage to get Chavez to sign a new contract.
However, it seems Arum has dispensed with the carrot and stick approach now it has become clear that Chavez won’t take the bait. Both men’s refusal to budge led to an impasse in the negotiations with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotions and Top Rank, which led many to believe that the barrier to Froch v Chavez Jr was insurmountable.
Fight now possible
Arum’s convictions now though should give fresh impetus to the negotiations. You can deduce from Arum’s comments that he is content to cash out with Chavez Jr in a Froch fight. This is obviously welcome news to boxing fans as a Froch vs Chavez Jr clash would be almost guaranteed to be a great fight.
However, despite these encouraging developments, there are still various pitfalls that could prevent the fight from coming to fruition. Chavez Jnr recently expressed the conviction that he believes his contract with Top Rank has already come to an end.
To compound the contractual dispute, Chavez is rumoured to be in the running to face Mexican counterpart Canelo Alvarez should his proposed PPV blockbuster with Miguel Cotto hit the buffers.
Canelo vs Chavez Jr
Not only would the prospect of Canelo vs Chavez Jr rank higher in the affections of the American and Mexican fights fans, it would also be the top priority of the HBO television network.
There are evidently various potholes in the path to progress that must be paved over before Froch’s dream fight with Chavez Jr in Las Vegas can become a reality.
However, Arum’s diplomatic comments with regards to Chavez’s contractual situation should be perceived as a step in the right direction.
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