McCracken thinks Froch may fight again
By Scott Gilfoid: Rob McCracken, the trainer for former IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, thinks that the 37-year-old Froch could return to the ring in the future if he gets the terms that he wants for a fight. McCracken thinks that it would have to be against an elite fighter like Gennady Golovkin or Andre Ward though.
McCracken doesn’t see Froch as having any pressure on him to fight again because of what he personally feels he’s accomplished with his career. Some boxing fans would disagree that Froch has accomplished much because his biggest wins over his career was against Andre Dirrell, which was highly controversial, and an unmotivated looking Mikkel Kessler.
Other those two wins, Froch beat a small former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, and a clearly past his best Lucian Bute. That’s really it for Froch in terms of his best wins.
You can’t count George Groves as being a big victory because Groves’ best win over his career was against James DeGale, who will likely be exposed this month when he faces Andre Dirrell for Froch’s old IBF super middleweight title on May 23rd.
“If he gets the terms that he wants to fight again I think he’ll fight again,” said McCracken via the Dailystar.co.uk. “If he doesn’t get the terms that he wants – he’s very wealthy and doesn’t have any pressure on him – then he won’t. He’s got to want to fight, he’s got to be motivated to want to do it.”
Froch hasn’t fought since last year in May when he beat Groves for a second time. Since then, Froch has been sitting idle, talking about a dream fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. under the lights of Las Vegas, Nevada. Froch’s interest in that fight wasn’t shared by too many people in the United States though.
Now it doesn’t matter anymore now that Chavez Jr. has been beaten by Andrzej Fonfara. Instead of Froch immediately choosing a much better alternative now that the Chavez Jr. fight is off the table, he’s clammed up by giving boxing fans an indication of what his next move will be. It seems pretty cut and dried for Froch.
He either needs to retire or choose a talent like Gennady Golovkin, Dirrell or Andre Ward to continue his career against. I get the sense that Froch is battling with this decision because the choices are so bad. If he retires, he’ll be walking away with a legacy that is incomplete in my view due to the way he finished his career against Groves rather than a proven fighter like Ward or Golovkin.
If Froch is concerned with his legacy, then he pretty much has to face Golovkin and/or Ward to prove that he can beat them. Further, if Froch retires now, he walks away from millions of dollars that he can still make in the ring. This is money that he can pass on to his children in the future.
If he wants to bring the best life possible, he would do them well by fighting until the bitter end until walking away while he still has a lot left in the tank. I know for me, they would have to drag me out of the ring because I would still around until fans would no longer pay to see me fight. As long as there’s good cash to make, I would keep fighting.
“If James DeGale beat Andre Dirrell he’d be in his rights to call Carl Froch out, but until then it’s irrelevant,” McCracken said.
Too bad that DeGale will likely lose the fight to Dirrell because a Froch vs. DeGale fight would be interesting, at least to the British fans. I think a far better fight at the world level would be Froch vs. Golovkin. That fight would interest boxing fans in the U.S. They could have it take place in Las Vegas and a lot of fans would be interested.
U.S fans wouldn’t likely be interested in Froch vs. DeGale. That wouldn’t fly in the U.S. Froch vs. Bernard Hopkins would be another big, big fight in the U.S, and much bigger than Froch-DeGale. Hopkins wants the fight against Froch, and it’s a fight that would give Froch a big payday.
I see Froch as having at least six big money making fights out there for him if he chooses to fight on. He can make tons of money facing Ward, Golovkin, DeGale, Sergey Kovalev, Hopkins, and Andre Dirrell. Even a third fight against Groves and Kessler would make good money for Froch.
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