Carl Froch and George Groves will fight, says Eddie Hearn
Last Updated: 24/10/13 2:08pm
Froch: will face Groves next summer, says Hearn
British rivals Carl Froch and George Groves will get it on - but not until next summer at the earliest.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who looks after both, admitted a clash is on the cards, but also made it clear that The Cobra will have a huge rematch before that.
A third, decisive showdown with Mikkel Kessler or a second bout with super-middleweight supremo Andre Ward, are at the top of the 35-year-old's list.
Hearn admits Kessler, who joked a third fight with Froch should be held on an island, will need time to recover and says it makes more financial sense to take on Ward in the United Kingdom and not in America again.
Groves will have to wait for a showdown with Froch but will get his wish of taking on the British number one.
"I believe George will be world champion which would make this fight one of the biggest the country has ever seen."
"We will look to fight this winter and then lead into a big stadium fight next summer," said Hearn.
"I believe by then George will be world champion which would make this fight one of the biggest the country has ever seen."
Groves was the chief support when Froch beat Kessler last month - live on Sky Sports Box Office - and upset many people by travelling to Denmark to train with the latter.
The Hammersmith man and the Nottingham star have fallen out since fight night but their rivalry will be put on the back burner - for now.
"Now that the dust has settled after a memorable night for Carl and British boxing, it's time to start looking to the future," said Hearn.
"Every man and his dog have been calling Carl out, that comes with the territory, but commercially, Froch v Kessler III is just a huge fight.
"The first two were stunning nights and everyone knows what they would get from the decider.
"Each one has been brutal so we will give Mikkel and his body time to see if he wants to go again.
"I have made contact with Ward's promoter and we are ready to begin discussions with them and HBO."