By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) appears to have disappeared off the boxing map ever since he was being linked to a possible mega-fight against unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs).
You have to wonder what it would take to get the soon to be 38-year-old Froch back into the ring. He can make a mess of money against Golovkin, as well as James DeGale, George Groves and Sergey Kovalev. Has Froch’s two fights against Groves satisfied him enough to where he doesn’t feel that he needs to test himself again, or is he simply afraid of Golovkin’s KO power. I mean, the prospects of getting knocked out in fornt of a huge crowd can’t be appealing to Froch.
Froch showed some interest for a while there with some trash talking, but when it came to making the fight, Froch has been missing in action. Golovkin, 33, is willing to travel to the UK and fight at the full weight for the 168lb division in order to accommodate the 37-year-old Froch, who in this case is clearly the A-side in the negotiations between the two fighters.
If Golovkin wants the fight, he’s kind of stuck having to agree to whatever Froch wants. However, none of that seems to matter now given that Froch has not said a word lately about whether he’ll take the fight.
Heck, even Froch’s own promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t know what he’ll be doing with his career. He’d like for Froch to continue, but given that he’s not speaking up right now, he’s starting to think that Froch will be retiring.
“I think now there’s a strong possibility he will retire. People are saying he has to hurry up and make his mind up, but he will make up his mind when he wants to,” Hearn said to ESPN.co.uk. “Boxing fans would love to see him fight again, but if he hasn’t got the desire he definitely shouldn’t get back in the ring again.”
If Froch comes back against anyone other than Golovkin, he’s going to wind up looking really bad in the minds of boxing fans. With the trash talking that’s already taken place between the two fighters, fans now expect that Froch will be fighting Golovkin next. If Froch fails to fight him and chooses another soft job like his last two fights have been, then Froch will be seen as a guy who couldn’t will himself the courage to take the fight with the Kazakhstan star.
Golovkin has knocked out 30 of 33 of his opponents, and he’s never not stopped an opponent that leaves himself open like Froch does. As such, I think Froch would be in a serious situation if he were to come back after a long ring layoff to face a talent like Golovkin. It could be as bad as Golovkin vs. Oscar De La Hoya.