‘Froch considering his options’

The 50-year-old American, who has labelled Britain’s four-time world champion ‘a coward’ for refusing to take him on, ?? wants a world title showdown with Froch claiming the Nottingham fighter could even select his own venue.

But, despite ongoing talks between the two camps, the WBA super-middleweight champion says he is not interested in such a fight and McCracken insists the 37-year-old would have nothing to fear, or gain, from such a contest.

McCracken also says the elbow injury that forced Froch to call off a Las Vegas bout with Julio Chavez is healing well and believes he still has two or three years left at the top of world boxing.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ McCracken said: “He???s just weighing up his options. There are ongoing talks with Chavez and Hopkins but it???s what motivates him the most that matters.

???The elbow???s healing nicely but not fully recovered but there was not enough time for Chavez and he made the right decision (to call off the bout). All options are open to Carl.???

Regarding Hopkins, McCracken added: ???It (the coward remark) was just tongue in cheek. Carl has fought everyone in the world in the last seven or eight years, the who???s who of super-middleweight boxing.

???They???re still talking about a Froch-Hopkins fight, and there are ongoing talks, but Hopkins is 50 now and a legend of the sport but he???s too long in the tooth and Carl would win the fight without a shadow of a doubt.

???I know Carl thinks he would get no thanks for beating a 50-year-old but it???s a fight Carl would definitely win.???

Asked if Froch had considered calling time on his boxing career, McCracken said it’s one of a number of options he could consider.

???Ultimately Carl will make that decision,” he said. “Retirement is an option, fighting Chavez is an option and fighting Hopkins is an option.

???Realistically there is plenty left in him and he could comfortably continue for another two or three years. And we???ll find out shortly. He wants to box on and a fight with Chavez is at the forefront of his mind.???