Froch: I’ll fight Bernard Hopkins at a catchweight one of these days
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch says he’s interested in fighting 48-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins at some point in the future but only if Hopkins agrees to fight him at a catchweight handicap.
Froch said to thesun.co.uk: “And one day in the future, it would be an honor to fight somebody like that. I feel I would know how to beat him…I am not a light heavyweight. So it’s going to have to be at a catchweight because I don’t expect him to come down to super middle.”
So there it is. Froch is giving it the old ‘we’ll fight one of these days’ bit, even though Hopkins 48 and clearly doesn’t have years to wait for Froch to finally decide he’s ready to fight him, not that Froch is probably serious about wanting to fight him.
I don’t think he wants any part of a fight with Hopkins. It is interesting that Froch feels he needs a catchweight to fight a 48-year-old fighter when the only thing that separates the two fighters is a measly 7 pounds.
You would think that Froch wouldn’t care about that little weight considering that he’s 13 years-old younger and still in his prime, whereas Hopkins isn’t the fighter he was in his mid-30s.
This pretty much puts the end of any such discussion about a Forch-Hopkins fight. Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently said a Froch vs. Hopkins fight couldn’t take place because Hopkins fights at light heavyweight and Froch at super middleweight, but I thought it would be a different story when Froch had the question put to him. But here it is, Froch is saying that Hopkins is too big for him.
I can’t believe it, but I can’t say I’m surprised either. Froch never fought Andre Dirrell or Andre Ward again after being handled by both of them, so I’m not surprised that he’s sounding reluctant to get in the ring with Hopkins.