Froch feels he can fight forever, but will be brought down to earth by Ward on December 17th
By Scott Gilfoid: It doesn’t take much for WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s) to get a feeling of being invincible. All it’s taken is wins over good but limited fighters Arthur Abraham and 42-year-old Glen Johnson and Froch is talking as if he’s unbeatable.
The good thing is that WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KO’s) is Froch’s next opponent on December 17th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ward will surely bring Froch back down to earth and put Froch’s feet back firmly on the ground so he can see himself in a better more realistic way.
Froch told the dailymail.co.uk “At 34, I feel 20. Never been in better shape. I feel like I could carry on forever. I known one day my body will tell me it’s time to quit. But not for a while yet.”
Whether Froch’s body tells him to quit or not, he’s going to have problems when he faces Ward and gets spanked in December. And unless Froch goes back to facing guys that are perfect for his style, he could have additional problems. You put Froch back in with Andre Dirrell and Mikkel Kessler, and Froch is going to struggle in just the same way.
These problems are less age related but more due to those fighters having better talent. But at 34, the end isn’t far obviously. Froch needs to be smart with the opposition he chooses after he loses to Ward in December. My personal advice for Froch is too try and fight guys like Kelly Pavlik, Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Johnson, and Robert Stieglitz at super middleweight.
Those are guys that Froch can beat, but he can’t beat Kessler, Ward, Dirrell or Lucian Bute. Those are the ones Froch needs to avoid. The best thing Froch can do for himself would be to move down to middleweight and look to pick up one of those belts.
The 160 pound division is totally empty of talent right now and Froch can win a belt just by showing up. I can’t remember when the middleweight division was as weak as it is now.
I wouldn’t recommend Froch moving up to light heavyweight because no really cares about that division, and the best fighter in the division, Chad Dawson, would likely make Froch look silly if they fought. I’m sure Froch could bea the WBO light heavyweight paper champion Nathan Cleverly, but so what? Cleverly couldn’t even conclusively beat Tony Bellew, and really there needs to be a rematch between those two guys.