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Carl Froch Retires from Boxing: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2015

IBF and WBA super-middleweight boxing champion Carl Froch speaks during a press conference with his opponent George Groves at Wembley Stadium in London, Thursday, May 29, 2014.  Billed as one of the biggest fights in British boxing history, the second installment of Carl Froch vs. George Groves has the ingredients of a classic. Saturday's fight for Froch's IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles will take place at Wembley Stadium in front of a record British boxing crowd of about 80,000 fans.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Carl Froch has called an end to his 13-year boxing career to focus on his punditry work with Sky Sports. The four-time super middleweight champion—who won the WBC title twice, the IBF belt and became the WBA unified champion in 2013—finishes his stint in the ring with a record of 33-2.

Froch tweeted:

Carl Froch MBE @Carl_Froch

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.

The 38-year-old's final fight saw him send George Groves spiralling to the canvas in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Froch previously beat Groves via a controversial ninth-round stoppage, a situation which led to the money-spinning rematch.

Groves told Sky Sports he isn't surprised by Froch's retirement, per Audioboom:

The Cobra's only two defeats came against Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward, the first of which he avenged in a second encounter. Although a much-wanted rematch with Ward has looked possible in recent times—especially with the American returning to action with victory over Paul Smith in June—Froch has confirmed he no longer has the desire to fight.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31:  George Groves in action with Carl Froch in their IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight bout at Wembley Stadium on May 31, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Scott Heavey/Getty Images

The Nottingham-born brawler spoke to Sky Sports (h/t BBC Sport):

I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself. I'm incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves.

If I could fight again physically I would, but mentally I'm not sure. I think the desire has gone. There will always be options and it's never going to stop. There will always be someone next in line to take my scalp. If that never goes away, when am I ever going to retire? There's still a fire in the belly but it's been too long now. I don't know if I can go one more time.

Promoter Eddie Hearn applauded the divisive figure:

Eddie Hearn @EddieHearn

Happy retirement @Carl_Froch - love him or hate him he gave everything for you every time he stepped through those ropes 🇬🇧

Froch side-stepped a mandatory title defence against fellow Englishman James DeGale earlier this year, per BBC Sport. He also missed out on his chance to battle in Las Vegas against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after suffering an injury in March. The stars just didn't quite align.

Even so, the British fighter walks away with a victory and on his own terms, a success in itself.

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