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Gennady Golovkin vs Carl Froch: The time is now?

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Last week, several media outlets reported that WBA/IBF Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO) of the United Kingdom and former WBC middleweight king Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KO) were close to striking a deal for a potential Las Vegas pay-per-view (PPV) superfight.

However, Top Rank's promoter, Bob Arum, immediately shot down the rumors, insisting Chavez had one more bout left as a Top Rank fighter and that he would not allow Froch vs Chavez to take place without Top Rank's involvement.

Chavez, who recently signed with famed adviser Al Haymon, is in litigation with Top Rank and trying to break free of his presumed obligation which states he must fight once more under the Top Rank banner.

With no immediate end in sight to the Top Rank vs Chavez court battle, what's left for the 37 year old Carl Froch who is determined to fulfill his ultimate dream of headlining an American PPV event and having his name in lights on the world-renowned Vegas Strip?

Answer: Gennady Golovkin

Like Carl Froch, Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO) is a popular, well-respected champion in need of an elite-level, high-profile opponent.

Eight pounds south of super middleweight, the WBA Middleweight Champion insists he'd move up in weight for the right opportunity and Froch vs Golovkin represents a clear opportunity for both men.

Why shouldn't Carl fight Gennady?

In comparison to Chavez Jr, Froch has even more to gain by fighting Golovkin as the latter's stock and reputation in the industry is much higher than Chavez's at the moment. However, by facing Golovkin, the charismatic Brit would undoubtedly be taking a bigger risk.

Considered by many boxing's most destructive pugilist, Golovkin is clearly 'head and shoulders' above Chavez who has been largely inactive since losing to Sergio Martinez in September 2012.

Julio has fought only twice since then and, despite winning, didn't look spectacular either time.

Team Froch has been adamant they wouldn't consider fighting Golovkin without a certainty of big PPV numbers.

Perhaps they presume Chavez Jr is the bigger ticket seller or they simply don't like the risk vs reward ratio with the menacing Golovkin as Froch's foe?

Either way, since both Andre Ward and Chavez Jr embroiled in legal issues with their promoters and Miguel Cotto will likely be tangling with Canelo Alvarez, Froch and Golovkin are the only two relatively big name fighters, (160 to 168 lbs) available for each other for a spring or summer showdown.

And while an all-British showdown between Froch and top-level contender James DeGale would be received well in the United Kingdom, Golovkin may hold the key to bigger spoils for Team Froch, including the fulfillment of Carl's dream to finally headline a PPV event in Las Vegas.

Froch vs Golovkin at super middleweight this summer... Are you interested, and would you order it on PPV?


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