Froch-Taylor: Why Has British Television Turned Their Back on Carl?
By Chris Williams: World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KOs) wants only to fight the best which is why he’s taking on his number #1 contender Jermain Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs) for his title on April 25th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Froch, 31, is a new breed of British fighter, not content to sit at home in the UK and fight easier regional contenders and try and milk as much as he can out of his career.
Froch chooses the alternative to seek out the best in the super middleweight division, even if it means having to travel to his opponents’ home country of the United States. For that, Froch should be applauded and set as an example for what all British champions and fighters from elsewhere around the world should do.
Why, then, has the television in the UK turned their backs on Froch just when he’s showing courage and doing what few other British fighters would even consider doing by traveling to another person’s country to take on a fighter as good as former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. It seems odd to me, because Froch has been nothing but courageous throughout his career and especially now.
Sure, Froch isn’t happy with the way that former WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe conducted his career by avoiding him, which is something that has earned Froch a great deal of criticism in the media. I suppose Calzaghe was off limits because he retired undefeated and by Froch pointing out that Calzaghe didn’t always fight the best, he was lashed for it by many people.
However, I think Froch should be congratulated for his comments and given a perch at the top of the boxing world in the UK for his willingness to fight the best and travel outside of his country against tough opposition like Taylor.
Whatever British television has to do, they need to make an effort to put Froch’s fight on local television because he’s the kind of fighter they should be backing, not the fake media creations that avoid taking risks at all costs. What good is a fighter like that other than to trick the no nothing boxing fans that don’t follow the sport.
Froch may not win this April 25th, but in taking a risk by facing the best fighter he possibly he can, he still comes out the winner in the fight. This is why the fight should be shown in the UK, because they’d be seeing a rare type of fighter and the hope is that Froch’s courage would rub off on other fighters in the UK.
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