British boxing stars Amir Khan and Carl Froch have put their past differences behind them as both took part in Sky Sports’ recent podcast ‘The Gloves are off’ with Ringside presenter Johnny Nelson.
Former world champion Khan, 26, and 34 year-old current IBF super-middleweight title holder Froch had exchanged heated words in the past through various media and social sources, but came face to face for the show – which aired this week.
Both boxers had taken a few minutes to talk directly to each other around the table initially, which was shared with fellow-professionals David Haye and Anthony Ogogo, but eventually addressed the uneasy past situation between them midway through the recording.
“I knew Carl Froch was a great fighter, but I didn’t know that he was even better as a person sitting here taking to him,” Khan stated, addressing the Nottingham fighter. “Even though we have our exchanges of our words and allsorts, but sat across from him on this table I have gotten to know him better as a person.”
Froch then replied: “If boxer’s are having little conflicts, where I’ll say something or Amir will say something, it’s then blown out of proportion by everyone who has seen it. And then you have to defend it and before you know it, your digging yourself a hole or someone else has said something and they didn’t mean it.
“So if we can’t sort of see eye to eye at times, how do we expect the public to accept us and relate to what we are doing and that we are normal people without something like getting us around this table and just thrashing it out like we have done.
“I think it’s fantastic, because we’re all mummy’s boys really anyway,” added Froch.
Both fighters are lining up a UK returns to the ring in April and May respectively, with ‘King’ Khan aiming to work towards another shot at a world title and ‘The Cobra’ lining up a unification clash with old rival Mikkel Kessler.
To view the full taping of ‘The Gloves are off’ visit Sky Sports here: skysports.com/video/