Carl Froch v George Groves

Well the news came early in England because of the time difference, but Carl “The Cobra” Froch has officially retired from professional boxing.  Froch finishes his stellar career with a record of 33-2 with 24 KO’s, and was a three time title holder in the Super Middleweight division.  His only 2 career losses came agains stellar opposition, with the first being against Mikkel Kessler in April of 2010 (he would defeat Kessler in a rematch), and of course Andre Ward, who when active is the best in the world.  Froch has an impressive resume besides his losses.  He spent his career fighting against top tier opposition and never backed down from any fighter.  His conquests include wins over Jean Pascal (12/6/08), Arthur Abraham (11/27/10), Lucian Bute (5/26/12), Mikkel Kessler (5/25/13), and of course George Groves not once but twice (11/23/13 & 5/31/14).

Froch is 38 years of age so the retirement is not all that surprising, although he would still probably be near the top of his game, if he did fight one more time, but you can tell that he’s been thinking long and hard about this move for a while now.  What is a little surprising is the fact that he’s been dangling a potential Golovkin showdown in front of everyones face for weeks now, or even a 3rd showdown against George Groves.  Its totally understandable that a Golovkin fight at this particular time is most likely not worth the reward, but it probably would be a huge payday, especially if it took place in an 80,000 seat stadium.  If Froch fought Golovkin (or Groves for that matter) and lost, it would definitely not take anything away from his legacy, because lie i said before, he’s always fought the best available to him.  If anything it would probably improve his legacy (even with a loss) to fight Gennady Golovkin when no one else will.

Froch said: “I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves. I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself.”

And he’s right!!!  Froch will no doubt go down as a hall-of-famer in the boxing world, and it is very well deserved.  Froch held the WBA, WBC, and IBF Super Middleweight titles throughout points of his career, and was formerly on TheRing Pound-ForPound list, only removed because of inactivity.  I guess all good things must come to an end eventually, so thank you Carl “The Cobra” Froch for putting on show after show for us and never backing down from the best.


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