Former world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is considering a return to the ring for a money-spinning fight against Gennady Golovkin. The 39-year-old Brit has not fought since facing George Groves at Wembley Stadium in May 2014, but has expressed an interest in coming out of retirement to face the big-punching middleweight king.

Golovkin fought at The O2 Arena in London against Kell Brook in September and has spoken of his willingness to return to the UK capital in the near future. Eddie Hearn, Froch's former promoter, met Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, in Monaco this weekend, and Hearn subsequently confirmed there is serious interest in making the fight.

"Carl texted me tonight and said, 'What weight would Golovkin fight me at?' and I said, '172lb [4lb above the super-middleweight limit]' and Loeffler said '170'," Hearn shared, according to The Times.

Hearn admitted the bout remains an unlikely prospect – but also said the chance of facing Golovkin may prove too tempting to the former world champion. "I know what Loeffler is trying to do and that is entice him out of retirement," Hearn said. "I'm not sure I want to see him fight again but he is such a competitor. I will say this: that would have been one of the great, great fights – and it might still be."

In May last year, Hearn advised Froch against taking the Golovkin fight, saying he should not get back in the ring if he does not have the necessary motivation. "If you're going to fight unmotivated, given the way he fights, you're going to get hurt," Hearn said. "I don't think anyone would like to see that.

"It's difficult to leave the sport but it's great to leave the sport thinking 'I've done it all' and you can live with yourself forever. If you go and have a fight and you lose or get knocked out it will leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth."