Froch: It’s not interesting to fight Cleverly; I want Kessler, Bute and other top fighters
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) shut the traps of WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and a few of his followers that have been harping about wanting a Cleverly vs. Froch fight. Froch doesn’t see any point in fighting Cleverly when there are other guys out there that boxing fans want to see him fight.
Froch ruled out a fight against Cleverly, telling Sky Sports “It’s boring; there are big fights for me – Mikkel Kessler, Lucian Bute, there’s more big names I could roll off the tongue that would make people interested.”
Froch is 100% correct. I’m no fan of Froch, but it would be stupid beyond believe for him to move up in weight and fight Cleverly for no other reason to interest a few fans in the UK, while boring the rest of the world. Cleverly has faced no one during his career to make a name for himself, and though he’s now the World Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion after the WBO gave the title to him when the previous champion Jurgen Brahmer pulled out of a scheduled fight with him on three days notice, Cleverly still hasn’t faced anyone with a name. He’s fought two little known fighters and is fighting Tommy Karpency on February 25th.
Karpency isn’t even ranked in the top 15 by the WBO. Cleverly just isn’t doing the things he needs to do to interest a fighter like Froch. Instead of fighting guys like Tony Bellew, Karpency and Aleksy Kuziemski, who aren’t well know around the world, Cleverly should be fighting guys like Tavoris Cloud, Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Beibut Shumenov, Zsolt Erdei, Bernard Hopkins, Gabriel Campillo, Adrian Diaconu, and Ismayl Sillakh. Of course, all of those guys would be incredibly risky fights for Cleverly and he’d probably get beaten by all of them, but those are the guys Froch would have fought if he was fighting in the light heavyweight division. Froch wouldn’t be wasting time on the likes of Karpency that’s for sure.
Froch is better off ignoring guys that want to take it easy by fighting little known guys. Froch is better off going after Kessler, Bute, Andre Ward and the Dirrell brothers. Froch has way too fights ahead of him at super middleweight to waste on fighting a guy that few people have even heard.
Froch would likely beat Cleverly without any problems. It would be too easy and not even sporting. The light heavyweight division is weak and few fans care about what goes on in that division, so why should Froch bother?
Froch plans on fighting in May in Nottingham against a top 10 contender. He wants to give something back to his Nottingham fans, as he hasn’t fought at home in three years.
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