Jermain Taylor was a battle-tested veteran who had honed his craft in front of thousands for close to a decade. By the time Carl Froch stepped into the ring with him, Taylor had already made his mark on the boxing world defeating the likes of Bernard Hopkins (two times), Ronald “Winky” Wright, William Joppy and Cory Spinks.
Froch was already a star in the United Kingdom, but few common fans elsewhere knew his name. He wanted what Taylor had: worldwide acclaim.
But that would not come easily.
Froch opened his fight with Taylor with an idleness his fans weren't accustomed to seeing from him. The man they called “Bad Intentions” would not hesitate to capitalize on this.
Taylor peppered Froch’s face throughout the opening rounds, even knocking The Cobra down in the third round for the first time in his career.
By the ninth round, Froch was down on all scorecards. He had been Taylor’s human punching bag. But then something happened—the punching bag started to punch back.
Completely nonchalant, like only the statuesque Carl Froch could be, Froch battled back. The second half of the fight seemed to be all Froch. But still down on points, he needed a finish.
Now, many people scored the fight differently leading up to the 12th and final round. Some had Taylor up by two rounds; others, a draw. Still, faced with uncertainty, Froch took the fight (and Taylor’s physical will to continue) into his own rugged hands.
Froch devastated Taylor in the final frame with straights, uppercuts, hooks and anything else he could throw his way.
Taylor’s body begged for the punishment to stop—but Froch craved only more violence.
Froch kept up his onslaught until the referee had seen enough, stopping the bout with just 14 seconds left.
Now America and the rest of the world knew Carl Froch’s name.