Carl Froch claims George Groves has rejected an offer worth more than £1m to face him in a rematch.
The Hammersmith man’s challenge for Froch’s WBA and IBF world titles in November ended in controversial circumstances when he was stopped in the ninth round.
Groves was ahead, had floored Froch earlier in the fight and appeared to be well capable of continuing when referee Howard Foster halted the contest after a flurry of shots thrown by the champion.
There has since been a clamour for the pair to meet again – but Nottingham’s Froch says he is now likely to fight Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.
In a statement, Froch said: “There has been plenty of speculation over the last few weeks regarding my future.
“As it stands we are looking closely at two options: George Groves and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.
“Yesterday, we made a seven-figure offer to George Groves for a second fight that would have seen him earn around double that of the first. Disappointingly, George rejected this offer.
“I understand the demand for the Groves fight in the UK, but also the demand in the US for the Chavez fight.
“Talks are ongoing and no doubt some further news will break soon. I’m happy to fight anyone, as I have done throughout my entire career.”