'12 Days': Froch-Chavez
December, 19, 2013
By Brian Campbell | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Reed SaxonFacing super middleweight titlist Carl Froch would be a good test for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.In the spirit of the holidays, ESPN is celebrating the season with our own "12 Days" wish list of the fights we want to see most, regardless of promotional or other entanglements. Keep checking back in the coming days to see new fights revealed, discuss our choices or even suggest some of your own in the comments section or via Twitter using #ESPN12Days.
When it comes to the matchups we openly pine for, sometimes the allure of what’s at stake can be trumped by the personalities involved and the expectations of what sort of fireworks the fight could produce.
There might not be a single matchup that best describes this equation than super middleweight titlist Carl Froch of England and Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., with the good news that it could become a possibility in 2014.
Sure, Froch's pair of 168-pound titles would be a worthy prize to compete for. But they are almost an afterthought, compared with the idea of two unrelenting fighters, both with huge, passionate fan bases, squaring off on the biggest stage.
The titles in this case would be trivial in large part because Chavez (47-1-1, 32 KOs) is in many ways a fighter without a division or solidified identity. His fluctuating weight remains a question mark, as is his commitment to the sport.
But regardless of whether Chavez, 27, proves to be simply the son of a famous fighter with the same name, or a fighter closer in class to the stubborn war horse who once had middleweight champion Sergio Martinez seconds away from extinction, each visit to the ring is a must-see event.
From Chavez's sought-after name value, knockout power and a rock-solid chin, to his spoiled-rotten antics and multiple brushes with controversy, he knows how to entertain. Pairing him against one of the sport's top trash-talkers in Froch -- who, it just so happens, brings his own mix of power, chin and no-fear style -- would bring out the best in both fighters.
What makes the matchup more intriguing is that Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) is dealing with his own newfound set of questions. Entering his November bout with unbeaten George Groves as one of the sport's pound-for-pound elite, Froch's stock took a hit following his controversial stoppage victory, in which he was floored early and showed his age throughout.
Froch, 36, has been open about wanting to secure one or two more "superfights" before walking away and calling it quits. Setting up two immovable objects filled with excess baggage on a collision course has never sounded so good.
So fire up the prefight documentary shows that are sure to be certified gold with these personalities involved and buckle up on fight night. Both guys have shown a flair for the dramatic late in a fight, and neither knows how to take a step backward.