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Froch-Taylor negotiations stalled

Fighters Network

Jermain Taylor would like a shot at Carl Froch’s super middleweight title – but not at Froch’s price.

Carl Moretti, matchmaker for Taylor’s promoter, Lou DiBella, said negotiations for a fight between the WBC champion from Nottingham, England, and his mandatory challenger continue but he doesn’t seem to be optimistic.

Froch, he said, is asking for too much money. He wouldn’t say how much.

“Just because he has the title doesn’t make him the man,” Moretti said. “If he realized that, then maybe a reasonable deal could be made. If not, we’ll explore other options.”

Moretti said the only attractive thing about fighting Froch (24-0, 19 KOs) is his belt, which he won by outpointing Jean Pascal on Dec. 6.

“He certainly has no name recognition,” said Moretti, who added that he doesn’t see the fight happening in Europe because British TV networks have expressed little interest in the fight.

Moretti said the purse bid for the proposed fight has been postponed until Jan. 23. He doesn’t know whether DiBella will make a bid.

Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs) is coming off an impressive unanimous decision over Jeff Lacy in November.