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Froch 'ready to retire' with or without Las Vegas fight

ESPN staff
November 10, 2014
Carl Froch would be 'a happy man' if his last punch was the knockout blow against George Groves © Getty Images

Carl Froch is adamant that he will retire with no regrets should his chance to fight in Las Vegas fail to materialise.

The IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion is in talks with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for a showdown in Nevada, but with the Mexican caught up in a contractual dispute with promoters Top Rank, the fight may not happen.

A fight in Las Vegas is the one box left unchecked on Froch's CV, and while promoter Eddie Hearn remains convinced a deal can be struck, the 37-year-old may have to decide whether to try and find another opponent or call time on his career.

Whatever the outcome, Froch insists he will retire with a proud legacy having avenged his defeat by Mikkel Kessler before defending his titles against George Groves twice - three of the biggest fights in the UK in recent times.

"If that right hand that connected with George Groves's chin on May 31, 2014, just happens to be the last right hand I ever throw as a professional fighter, I am a happy man," Froch told the BBC.

"Am I ready to retire? Yes - damn right I'm ready to retire. I've reached the pinnacle, I've done what I said I was going to do. I got redemption and I did the people who love me and follow me very proud."

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