Carl Froch retires from boxing
- Updated: July 14, 2015
Former super middleweight champ Carl Froch announced his retirement from boxing today, as the three-time champ took to Twitter to thank his fans.
I'm officially retired from Boxing. So much to say & so many people to thank. But for now, I just want to say THANK YOU to my amazing fans.
— Carl Froch (@Carl_Froch) July 14, 2015
Froch (33-2, 24 KOs), who turned 38 earlier this month, will no doubt go down as one of the UK’s best fighter and will likely get plenty of support in five years, when he’ll be eligible for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Having won four titles at 168 pounds, Froch’s last fight was a knockout win in a rematch with George Groves in May 2014 at Wembley Stadium in London.
Having openly discussed wanting to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Froch became frustrated with his inability to lock down that fight and although he’s exchanged barbs with Gennady Golovkin, that fight never seemed to pick up much steam.
With no other fight on the horizon that interested Froch, he opted to instead walk away; content with what he accomplished in the sport.
“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.”
Froch also noted that he will be joining Sky Sports as an analyst in the next phase of his career.
“Sky Sports is the home of boxing and has followed me throughout my career. I can’t wait to join the team and help bring fans the best fighters, the best contests and the best analysis. Nothing can replace the thrill of stepping into the ring, but with Sky Sports I’ll be doing the next best thing.”
Froch earned his first world title in 2008 when he outpointed future light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal, and defended the belt twice, against Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell, with the Dirrell fight taking place in the opening round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
In the second fight of the tournament, Froch lost a close decision to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark, losing his title in the process. Later in the tournament, Froch would pick up another title by outpointing Arthur Abraham for a vacant belt. He would advance all the way to the finals when he lost via decision to current super middleweight champ Andre Ward in a unification bout.
Froch picked up his third world title when he busted up Lucian Bute with an impressive knockout over the previously undefeated fighter.