Hearn: A Froch victory over Kessler will make him an all-time great
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn believes a victory for his fighter IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) over WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) on May 25th will greatly enhance Froch’s legacy among British boxers. Hearn also sees the 35-year-old Froch as an all-time great.
Hearn said to Sky Sports News “He can now avenge that loss and leave a real legacy for British boxing because I believe he’s one of the all-time greats and a win against Kessler will put him right up there.”
I don’t throw around all-time great to just anyway, and for that reason I can’t Froch in the category of an all-time great. If Hearn is just talking about Froch being one of the best British fighters, then I’m okay with that because that seems like a more realistic achievement, but not an all-time great in terms of world-wide all-time greats.
I don’t see Froch in that category because his resume is too thin in terms of beating the best guys. Froch lost to Kessler, Andre Ward, and has a questionable decision at home in Nottingham over Andre Dirrell, and barely escaped a loss to Jermain Taylor. To me, that’s not an all-time great.
Here’s what Froch will have to do in order for him to be an all-time great in my book: He’ll have to beat the following fighters for me to consider him in that category:
Andre Dirrell – in a neutral venue and without controversy like last time
Lucian Bute – in Montreal
Mikkel Kessler – without controversy
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
If Froch can run the table on all of these guys in beating them, then I see him an all-time great, but until then I just see him one of the three paper champions at 168. The only real champion I see in the super middleweight division is Andre Ward.
Froch and Kessler will be fighting at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, United Kingdom.