Carl Froch has confirmed the end of his 15-year boxing career today with the announcement of his retirement.
Froch broke the news on Twitter, thanking 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 won his first title in 2008, defeating Jean Pascal by decision to win the WBC super-middleweight title. He would make five defenses before losing the strap to Andre Ward in the Super Six final. In 2012, he rebounded with a signature win over Lucian Bute in scoring a dominant fifth round TKO to capture the IBF super-middleweight title. He made four defenses, including a revenge decision win over Mikkel Kessler, and two knockout wins over hated rival George Groves to close out his career.
Carl Froch’s final record stands at 33-2, 24 KOs.
Credit due to Froch for an excellent career. While he didn’t get to have the “American sendoff” in Las Vegas he dreamed of, there wasn’t a fight that could duplicate the high he closed on with KO’ing Groves twice. An Andre Ward rematch wasn’t in demand and Chavez Jr.’s rep is in tatters. A Golovkin fight would have been great, but not wise for a 38-year-old coming off a year layoff. Same applies for James DeGale.
Froch is a sure-fire Hall of Famer when the time comes. Now we get to sit back and watch him belittle Groves and Calzaghe’s accomplishments in the coming years.