Just last July, four-time super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch ended months of speculation by announcing his retirement from boxing:
I'm officially retired from Boxing. So much to say & so many people to thank. But for now, I just want to say THANK YOU to my amazing fans.
— Carl Froch MBE (@Carl_Froch) July 14, 2015
Although 38 year old, Froch looked like he was still on top of his game and was coming off back to back victories over domestic rival George Groves when he decided to hang up his gloves.
It wasn’t just the Groves bouts that made Carl Froch one of Britain’s most well-loved boxers, rather it was his crowd-pleasing style, toughness and stamina. He was also one of the best super middleweight champions of his era:
After beating Groves a second time, Froch walked away on top, but after being stripped of his titles due to inactivity. Now he wants his belt back:
“Get my old belt back, show them all how it’s done and then retire. There’d be something satisfying about that.”
Getting one would mean fighting James DeGale:
Even before Froch retired, he was already being linked to DeGale, who won the IBF version of the super middleweight crown with a 12 RD UW win over Andre Dirrel in 2014. However, Froch dismissed the idea of fighting the young champion:
“I’ll be flipping a coin to see if I am going to fight again but to be totally honest, the DeGale fight doesn’t do anything for me,”
Five months later and 18 months into his retirement, Froch is singing a different tune:
“I always said once I’ve retired, I won’t come back, but 18 months on from my last fight, I’m starting to think to myself ‘I’m fit, strong, in good shape. But it’s a big if. I might just stick with poker. The desire’s gone, it’s getting the desire back. What would I need? It might be DeGale beating Bute.”
It’s still an if right now but after November 28 when DeGale defends his title against Lucian Bute, we should be getting the finale we’ve always wanted to see Carl Froch end his illustrious career with.
What about it, Wembley Stadium?
The last time the Cobra fought there, 80,000 came to see him and it was electric:
So how about it again, one more time?