Carl Froch retires from boxing

Britain’s world super middleweight champion Carl Froch has announced his retirement from boxing.

 

The 38-year-old has held the WBC, WBA and IBF belts in a glittering career, which has seen him win 33 of his 35 fights.

His last fight was an 80,000 sell-out of Wembley Stadium against fellow British fighter George Groves, a bout won easily by Froch to cement his status as one of Britain’s greatest ever fighters.

ā€œIā€™m incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves,” said Froch.

“I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself.”

 

Britain's Carl "The Cobra" Froch holding the WBC super middleweights belt celebrates with girlfriend Rachael Coardingly

The Nottingham-born fighter first claimed a world title in 2008 when beating Canada’s Jean Pascal for the WBC title.

He lost that title two years later against Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler – one of just two losses in his career, though one which Froch made up for in 2013 when beating Kessler to claim the WBA title.

Carl Froch of England in action with Mikkel Kessler of Denmark during their Super Middleweight Unification bout at the O2 Arena
Carl Froch of England in action with Mikkel Kessler of Denmark during their Super Middleweight Unification bout at the O2 Arena – Getty Images

His other defeat came in 2011, against unbeaten American Andre Ward.

Fans had been hoping that Froch would take on the outstanding new talent in the division, Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin, who called Froch out just last month to suggest a bout at Wembley.

But it seems Froch has instead decided to call it a day, admitting that “the hunger is no longer there” for him.

He leaves the sport as one of Britain’s most successful and popular sportsmen, having taken part in several reality TV shows – even if one of them, a dancing show called Stepping Out, saw him leave early after spraining his back.

Froch will now take on a job as a boxing pundit with Sky Sports.

Andre Ward lands a left on Carl Froch of England during their WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout at Boardwalk Hall on December 17, 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. .