Carl Froch removed from Ring’s pound-for-pound ratings due to inactivity
By Scott Gilfoid: In a predictable move, Ring Magazine has removed former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) from their pound-for-pound ratings. The 37-year-old Froch hasn’t fought in over a year since his last fight in May of 2014 when he defeated fellow Brit George Groves by a 6th round knockout.
Since then, Froch just hasn’t had the motivation for him to get back in the ring and risk his legacy. I mean, there are tons of potential opponents for Froch to fight starting with Gennady Golovkin, Andre Ward and James DeGale, but Froch just hasn’t had the motivation to fight.
The easy money that Froch got in his fights against an unmotivated looking Mikkel Kessler, and a very, very green Groves seems to have robbed Froch of all his ambition.
Froch will be replaced in the Ring’s pound-for-pound ranking by Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KOs) at No.10.
Froch had recently said that he was going to make up his mind whether to retire or not in the first week of June. Well, the week has come and gone and Froch hasn’t said much about whether he wants to get back in the ring and face Golovkin, DeGale or someone else. If he’s going to retire, then he should have at it and just get it over with so boxing fans can have peace of mind. But if Froch is going to continue fighting, then he needs to pull the trigger on either Golovkin or DeGale.
Golovkin is the guy that boxing fans want to see Froch fight the most, but he’s also someone that could ruin Froch’s legacy. It wouldn’t look too good if Froch went out there and was absolutely crushed by Golovkin in four or five rounds.
Froch is totally hittable, and always has been. He’s won fights simply by being able to take his opponent’s best shots and then fire back with his own big punches to eventually wear them down. But in the case of Golovkin, he punches incredibly hard and you just can’t take those kinds of monstrous shots without nose diving on the canvas.
No one has made it the distance with Golovkin since 2008. He’s got a seven year knockout streak going, and I doubt that Froch would be able to stop this monster from recording yet another knockout. Perhaps this is why Froch hasn’t been able to come out and say that he’ll be taking the fight with the Kazakhstan star next.
There’s too much risk of Froch getting knocked clean out for him to take that fight in my view. That’s why I suspect that Froch will keep saying stuff about how it’s a 50-50 thing for him with him being able to retire or continue fighting. I think there’s a lot of fear with Froch when it comes to Golovkin because this guy could mess up Froch’s happy thoughts by stopping him in a vicious manner.
Froch hasn’t fought anyone that you can really call a good fighter since his loss to Andre Ward in 2011. Since then, it’s been aging guys like Mikkel Kessler and Lucian Bute, along with Yusuf Mack and Groves. Like I said, no one that was good at the time that Froch fought them.