Hearn says the British boxing blockbuster could take place this year:
Eddie Hearn says that a huge all-British super middleweight World title showdown between IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch and unbeaten Commonwealth champion George Groves could happen later this year.
Reacting to reports this morning that the IBF have ordered Froch to face mandatory challenger Groves, Hearn, who promotes both fighters, clarified the position on both boxers and the potential of a clash between the champ, who turns 36 today, and the 25 year old Londoner.
“We are in talks regarding a potential blockbuster domestic fight later this year,” said Hearn. “Both fighters have plenty of options and although it’s a fight we originally envisaged for next summer, if it makes sense for both fighters, neither has a problem with making it happen.”
An announcement will be made next week regarding future plans for both fighters.
Froch vs. Groves is not exactly a surprise, although it had been thought that Froch would first either face Mikkel Kessler in a rubber match, or Andre Ward in a rematch of their Super Six Tournament championship bout. Instead, whether due to negotiating or logistical reasons, Froch vs. Groves could be first on the docket.
Another option I’ve considered for some time is having Groves face Kessler, and Froch taking on another opponent in the interim. Froch would then take on the winner next year.