Chavez Jr. lawsuit threatens Carl Froch fight

The long cherished Las Vegas dream of Carl Froch has suffered a setback after his potential opponent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his promotional team became entangled in a fresh controversy, complicating issues.

The Mexican boxer announced recently that he has signed a deal with renowned boxing promoter Al Haymon and had tipped to take on the Englishman in a long awaited bout in February 2015.

However, Top Rank Promotions, who used to look after the Mexican fighter's career till now, has claimed that the former World Boxing Council or WBC Middleweight champion is still under contract with them and only they have the legal rights to promote his fights till April 2016.

And in order to make Chavez Jr. honour this deal, Top Rank has also filed a lawsuit against him and this has put up yet another hurdle in front of Carl Froch and his long cherished dream of having that career defining fight in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world.

According to Top Rank, the matter is under the jurisdiction of the courts at present and anyone who bypasses the authority of Top Rank and tries to interfere with the career of Chavez Jr. runs the risk f further legal problems.
According to sources in the United States, the chances of the Mexican getting a fight early in 2015 look remote, at least not until the dispute is resolved.

But Bob Arum, the CEO of Top Rank has said that he is willing to work with anybody who wishes to thrash out a deal for a fight, giving a faint glimmer of hope for Carl Froch.

But he will only have to be an observer for the moment as long as the court battle between two of the biggest promoters in the world pans out.