May 29th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
CARL FROCH “THE REAL DRAW” AT 168?
San Francisco, CA- Bernard Hopkins: These two have been talking about a possible fight with one another the past few weeks. For Hopkins, it would be one more opportunity to tame a younger fighter on a hot streak, albeit in a sleep induced manner, it’s something he has built a reputation in doing.
CARL WOULD FINALLY END HOPKINS RUN?
For Froch it would be a chance to beat “The Executioner” more convincingly than his rival, former champion Joe Calzaghe, did and add to the debate about who is the greater British super middleweight. B-Hop seems to feast on opponents with Froch’s come forward aggressive style but the Brit is a tough S.O.B and it’s not inconceivable that he walks through the shots of the ex-con.
BERNARD WILL NEED TO BE “HEEL” IN UK
Once again however, for this bout to happen it would have to take place on British soil where Carl doesn’t seem keen on leaving. Playing the “bad guy” in the promotion is easy for Hopkins, thus he seems willing to, after having travelled to Canada twice to fight Jean Pascal but another possible obstacle is that Hopkins fights at 175 lbs. and Carl at 168. Once again, Froch doesn’t want to leave the comforts of his home division but perhaps a compromise can be arranged since the Philly legend fought both Kelly Pavlik and Winky Wright at a catchweight of 170.
FIRST HOPKINS HAS “UNKNOWN” SUMMER FOE
We’ll see what happens after the IBF light heavyweight (175) champion makes the defense of his title on July 13th against Karo Murat.
JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ OR SENOR “PUFF, PUFF, PASS”
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: It’s no secret that Chavez has had issues making weight at 160 and is looking to move north a division, if not two. This fight would be a can’t miss action bout since both men possess solid whiskers and wouldn’t back down from one another.
HEARN & ARUM “NOT AT PROMOTIONAL WAR”
Let’s hope their respective promoters, unlike Golden Boy Promotions and Bob Arum, can pull get together on this one after Chavez meets and beats Brian Vera August 3.
BRITISH FOES COULD MEAN BIG BUCKS AT HOME
George Groves/Nathan Cleverly: Froch was highly critical of the fact that his fellow British natives helped Kessler prepare by lending him their sparring services. Perhaps he was just trying to stir up interest in a potential fight between himself and his pugilistic peers. Perhaps he really did feel slighted. Either way, a fight with either of these two up and coming Brits would do huge numbers in England.
SIZE DIFFERENTIAL MEANS “CATCH WEIGHT” MATCHES?
The problem once again is that Cleverly fights at 175 and Froch has no intention of moving up in weight. Groves on the other hand, shares the same weight class as his fellow countryman, but is still developing and is currently a bit wet behind the ears.
“DAMAGED GOODS” DIRRELL A POSSIBLE FOE?
Andre Dirrell II: Froch squeezed by on a decision over the 2004 Olympic medalist back in 2009 in a fight that could have went either way. The problem is that it was a snoozer and no one wants to see it again. Plus the Flint, Michigan native has been inactive reportedly due to neurological issues. No thanks!
RUBBER MATCH WITH KESSLER COULD BE HUGE!
Mikkel Kessler III: Given how competitive and exciting their first two fights were: HELL YEAH!! Who wouldn’t want to see these two go at it again? Besides, their even series naturally calls for a tie-breaker. This is the one fight where Froch would leave his home soil for in search of a neutral site. This may not happen immediately but you can definitely count on this one taking place some time in the near future. What about you readers? Who would you like to see Froch in with next? Leave your thoughts below!
Jason B. Nava