Snake Eyes: Carl Froch Retires

By Robert Ecksel on July 14, 2015
Snake Eyes: Carl Froch Retires
“There’s always going to be fights out there I want to fight, in my head, till the day I die.”

“I don’t think I can be the man that I need to be, the fighting machine I need to be to succeed at the top level…”

Four-time super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (33-2, 24 KOs), from Nottingham, England, has decided, after a year of inactivity and much deliberation, to call it a day. The 38-year-old Cobra has been flirting with retirement since his second fight with George Groves. Needing a challenge to motivate himself, Froch expressed interest in possibly fighting Gennady Golovkin, but that interest was apparently not reciprocated.

Froch has had an exemplary career. His only losses were to Mikkel Kessler in 2010 which was avenged three years later, and Andre Ward, another exceptional fighter, in 2011. But those losses were offset by wins over Jean Pascal in 2008, Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell in 2009, Arthur Abraham in 2010, Glen Johnson in 2011, Lucian Bute in 2012, and George Groves in 2013 and 2014..

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about his decision to hang up the gloves, Froch was as thoughtful and articulate as ever. Eternally cool, calm and collected, he is retiring with the same dignity and grace he brought into the ring.

“My legacy speaks for itself,” he said. “I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves. I don’t want to get in the ring ill prepared like I did in the first George Groves fight because we’ve seen what can happen. It can be a quite dangerous sport, boxing, and I was put down in the first round and was hurt quite badly, until I fought back into it and got the stoppage. And obviously that was the perfect foil for the Wembley rematch, so it was a good job it all happened.

“But, you know, as I’m sitting here at home, probably about to wake my daughter up, and my son’s already up and about, I’m just enjoying family life and I’m in a really, really good position, mentally and physically, and I think it’s the best way to go out on my own terms at the top.”

In the hope that Froch might fight forever, he was asked about Bernard Hopkins, who at the age of 50 is still going at it, if not still going strong.

“I think Bernard Hopkins, it’s the lifestyle,” said Froch. “He’s from Philadelphia. He’s in the gym every day. He lives and breathes the sport. Me, I’m more, of late, I’m more of a family man. I mentioned that I’ve got my children. Rocco is five years old. My daughter Natalia is two. In the second week of September, my partner Rachael is due with our third child. My lifestyle, my life, has changed so much since I first turned professional and I don’t think I can be the man that I need to be, the fighting machine I need to be to succeed at the top level. I’m four times world champion, I’ve got nothing left to prove and I’m going out on top. So it’s great to be able to retire on my own terms, totally satisfied with my career, and having a defining moment as well, which many athletes in many sports don’t get.”

But after devoting so many years to his career, won’t Carl Froch miss engaging in combat?

“There’s always going to be fights out there that I want to fight, in my head, till the day I die. There’s plenty of fights out there because there’s a real strong crop of super middleweights and light heavyweights. I’m not a light heavyweight, but we can make catchweight fights, which we’ve talked about and I’ve done in the past. But there are so many super middleweights in my division that are potential opponents, it would never end. There’s going to be fights out there. That will never change. I’m going to be in my sixties looking at kids in the super middleweight division, thinking, ‘I could do it.’”

Froch was asked how he’d like to be remembered.

“I’d like to be remembered as somebody who ducked nobody, who took on all comers. I’m not the one who stays at home and fights handpicked fighters. I traveled. I’ll go on the road. I’ve fought on numerous occasions in America, all over Europe, and never ever shirked a challenge. I’ll never back down.

“The word warrior is bandied around far too much in the boxing world, but I’d like to be remembered as a warrior who would fight anybody and give the fans and paying public what they wanted. There’s no better feeling than standing victorious in the arena, and it’s going to be difficult to get that fix. I’ll probably never get that high again, that natural high, but every man has to move on, every great thing comes to an end, unfortunately—and it is unfortunate—but it’s life.”

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  1. The Tache 09:11am, 07/18/2015

    Good luck, Carl and thanks for the memories. I for one will remember him as he wants to be and it is a crying shame that he didn’t get the attention he deserved until the last couple years of his career. Until the Bute fight really, when a lot of pundits thought he would get outboxed going into the fight, and we all know how that turned out.
    I have always thought his career achievements were as good as Joe Calzaghe’s. Not as good a boxer, not as acclaimed and probably wouldn’t have beaten him in the ring either, but I think the names on his CV and the point in their careers that Froch fought them are better than Joe’s.
    And of course, the loss of the sight of an excited Rachel jumping up and down in a tight dress is a real shot to the liver.

  2. tlig 01:08am, 07/16/2015

    @KB I was going to say the same thing about boxers coming back after announcing their retirement but if you notice European fighters tend to stay retired once they’ve announced they will. Not all of the time (obviously) but most of it, anyway. Plus Carl is 38. I think he’d always faced strong temptation to return but in all likelihood will stay out of the ring. Good luck to him.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:17am, 07/15/2015

    Just kidding…..I’ll miss them both very much. Carl would have torn Chavez Jr a new asshole but what we get instead is Baby Huey with his sense of entitlement calling for his title shot off his beat down from Fonfara. Carl was unGodly strong of mind, spirit and body. His punches that were for the most part arm punches and often were thrown off the back foot landed with a dadgummed thud and he often receipted for right on the button punches that had KO written all over them without blinking.The Taylor fight and the first Groves fight showed that he had more grit in his little finger than many have in their whole bodies. He provided more excitement and drama and pure entertainment in one round inside the ring than Mayweather has in his entire career.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:32pm, 07/14/2015

    Rachael dammit!....I’m gonna’ miss Rachael more than him is what I was trying to say!

  5. FrankinDallas 12:21pm, 07/14/2015

    GF’s name is Rachael Cordingley

    http://iv1.lisimg.com/image/2469372/600full-rachael-cordingley.jpg

    Froch was/is a true warrior IMO, fought the best always. His win over
    Taylor was awesome….down for the first time early on, he comes back
    to win brutally.

    He wouldn’t beat Ward 9 time out of 10….but that’s the only guy he could not catch (he fought terribly against Dirrell).

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:53am, 07/14/2015

    I’m gonna’ miss beautacious Natalie, his “partner”...if they ever tied the knot he’d probably make her sign a prenup…this guy is dumb like a fox.

  7. KB 09:44am, 07/14/2015

    A boxer proclaiming of retirement does not have much substance based on past experience. There have been few Hagler’s or Calzaghe’s. Very few. Froch will be back. Bet on it. You draw 80,000 fans to Wembley, that’s serious money to pass up even if it means taking a beating.

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