Carl Froch: A Career Retrospective

By Joshua Broom on August 5, 2015
Carl Froch: A Career Retrospective
His character and fighting spirit saw him become one of his generation’s greatest winners.

Carl Froch will be remembered as a true fighting champion in an era where other stars decided to simply rest on their laurels…

As a fighter Carl Froch gave all he had to the sport of boxing. Though never the fastest, quickest or strongest Froch simply found a way to win on most nights against the best his division had to offer, and he will be remembered as a true fighting champion in an era where other stars decided to simply rest on their laurels.

Froch, the former four-time super middleweight champion and one of the UK’s finest fighters in recent memory, recently announced his retirement from the sport of boxing and has signed on with Sky Sports as a fight analyst, already providing topnotch commentary for the premiere destination for boxing in the UK.

But now that the dust has settled and the smoke cleared from Froch’s fine fighting career, I thought a retrospective of his greatest pugilistic accomplishments was in order.

Froch’s professional career began on March 16th in 2002 with a 4th round TKO victory over Michael Pinnock at the York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London, and he would eventually go on to capture a version of the 168-pound championship on four different occasions. The first came in December of 2008 for a vacant WBC super middleweight title fight against undefeated and future lineal 175-pound champion Jean Pascal of Quebec, Canada. Froch would go on to defend that title against former lineal middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in a memorable 2009 contest in which Froch was actually losing on two of the three judges’ scorecards going into the 12th and final round before landing a dramatic, perfectly placed blow to the head of Taylor to escape certain defeat via come-from-behind knockout in the waning moments of the fight. Froch would then go on to win a razor thin decision against the ultra talented former U.S. Olympian Andre Dirrell in 2009 before losing his WBC crown to Mikkel Kessler in 2010, a loss that Froch would later go on to avenge in 2013 and in the process usurp Kessler of his WBA super middleweight crown thus unifying it with his own IBF title at the time.

Never a fighter or man to show any hint of resignation to defeat, Froch would go on to reclaim his WBC super middleweight world title by defeating “King” Arthur Abraham in late 2010 via convincing unanimous decision.

After a successful 2011 title defense against a resurgent former 175-pound lineal champion Glen Johnson, who had just defeated heavy favorite Allan Green as a late replacement in Showtime’s “Super Six” 168-pound tournament, Froch would go on to once again lose his WBC crown to “Super Six” champion Andre “SOG” Ward in the finals of that tournament. However, following Froch’s close decision loss to Ward he would never again taste defeat as he went on to stun the undefeated knockout artist and longtime IBF 168-pound champion Lucian Bute via 5th round TKO in front of his rabid hometown fans in the Nottingham Arena. From that point forward Froch would go on to make four successful defenses of his IBF title and as stated before avenge one of the only two previous defeats in his career by unifying titles against Mikkel Kessler. Froch went out on the highest of notes in 2014 when at the famed Wembley Stadium in London before 80,000 adoring fans he knocked out young upstart George Groves to put the finishing touches on a fine career.

The 38-year-old Froch finished with a record of (33-2 24 KO).

Froch’s decision to retire was based simply on the fact that he gave all he had to the sport and being secure in his legacy. He was not a shopworn fighter, sadly stumbling off the scene after sustaining beating after beating. No, he left the game on top, as a winner; and when historians of the sport sit to talk of Froch’s greatest attributes, his character and fighting spirit that saw him become one of his generation’s greatest winners will no doubt be discussed.

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  1. Joshua Broom 11:49pm, 08/06/2015

    Personally, I feel as if Froch has done more than enough to get into the Hall. Gatti -and especially Mancini- made it in due to their popularity and collective statuses as televised idols. Also the restructured voting format that took effect last year greatly benefited Mancinni’s IBHOF induction.

  2. Joshua Broom 11:43pm, 08/06/2015

    I remember Malignagi stating that he would get “Hall Of Fame considerations” if he defeated Shawn Porter during the video-intro to their fight. I was more than a bit perplexedly by that statement. But that’s just Paulie for ya.

  3. KB 12:09pm, 08/06/2015

    Hopefully, I’ll be a voter again this year. I give this an incredible amount of thought before I put my selections down. I have been very close to the other picks in recent years.

    JMM is a good as gold. Vitali is another. Jones is simply delaying the inevitable.

    I read where Paulie thought he might have a shot if he beat Garcia. HUH?

  4. nicolas 12:03pm, 08/06/2015

    I kind of agree with you KB, Of the last class of fighters to get in, Mancini was the least deserving, though I don’t mean to knock his career. I just find it strange why Donald Curry does not get in, or that Michael Nunn is not even nominated (probably because he is in jail). A lot I think will depend of the fighters who had there last fights in 2014. Certianly Bhop would be a shoe in for 2021, and when is Marquez supposed to fight again. But he has a pretty good chance of making it.

  5. KB 11:34am, 08/06/2015

    nicolas, if Gatti and Mancini are in the Hall, Froch is a shoe-in.

  6. nicolas 11:08am, 08/06/2015

    Well, he did beat Pascal. I didn’t think he beat dirrel, but I thought that Dirrell lost that Dirrell found a way to lose that fight, and would have been interested in a rematch between the two. I, probably a minority opinion, thought that he won the first fight with Kessler. Of course he has that win over taylor. Like a few others, he also exposed Abraham, and the Bute. In many ways, his career also reminds me of Kenny Buchanans. We might be lauding him as one of thte greatest of all time, had it not been for Ward, as in Buchanans’ case had it not been for Duran. that he may not have wanted a return with Ward ight hurt his legacy in some way, but he is a possibility for the Hall of Fame in the future.

  7. The Tache 05:55am, 08/06/2015

    I would argue his appeal comes more from the angle of who didn’t he fight in his division? Yes he was a divisive character but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Ali, Mayweather, Hopkins, Eubank etc forging a successful career.

    You can easily ask your question of Mayweather if you analyse his victories, certainly at Welterweight. De la Hoya, washed up and a SD, Mosely, ancient and shopworn, Marquez, a fat, old blown up lightweight in their fight, Cotto, damaged by Pacquiao and Margarito, and Pacquaio himself he only fought 5 years too late when it was obvious he would win. Marquez and Pacquiao have never really been welterweights anyway.

    At least Froch fought his competition when they were available, it’s not like he waited for Kessler to get old and he never proclaimed himself the best ever either.

  8. andrew 07:11pm, 08/05/2015

    I agree with Sean. His greatness is based on beating whom exactly? Bute, who was thrashed by Pascal? Pascal who was ktfo by the Krusher and couldn’t handle a geriatric Hopkins? Groves, who hasn’t beaten anyone of note and managed to knock him down hard? Surely not Dirrell, who I, and probably a majority of non Brits, think actually won the fight. He lost to and barely decisioned washed up Kessler who, in his prime, was dominated by shoe shine Calzaghe.

  9. KB 11:40am, 08/05/2015

    Yes, there is that, Sean

  10. SeanNess 09:59am, 08/05/2015

    I honestly can’t stand the guy. Yes he was a great fighter and a world champion but his own arrogance and continuous shots fired at Joe Calzaghe left a bitter taste in my mouth. He has a job as a pundit due to his pal Eddie Hearn but he isn’t the best behind the mike. He made a complete dog’s dinner of the interview he conducted with Floyd Mayweather.

  11. Mike Casey 06:53am, 08/05/2015

    Carl Froch has my utmost respect.. He has always fought the best and taken adversity in his stride. A truly great professional.

  12. KB 06:18am, 08/05/2015

    Nicely done on a great topic.