Two closely-fought contests against a previously unknown fighter on the world stage is usually not the kind of criteria for a world champion to seal his place in the annals of British boxing history, but for Carl Froch this is where his career now stands.
The WBA and IBF super-middleweight title holder produced the right hand of all right hands whilst engaging in a back and forth battle with George Groves, but it was the magnitude of the occasion that he produced that wonder-punch on that ultimately sealed his legacy.
To produced that kind of finish against a talented young fighter at the veteran stage of his own ring stint, and in front of 80,000 plus fans at a packed Wembley Stadium, has only served to elevate Froch right up there with best UK fighters of all time.
Froch, 36, has fought in twelve consecutive world title fights since 2008, making a total of seven defences of various belts, and has only lost a single bout where the defeat was not ultimately avenged.
Admitted that the loss to Andre Ward in 2011 is a huge talking point on dissecting Froch’s standing on the world stage as he just didn’t turn up on the night in Atlantic City, but domestically ‘The Cobra’ is right up there at the very top and should be considered a UK all-time great.
Gaining that notoriety has always niggled away at Froch as he has always felt he never got the credit he deserved following years of disinterest from his home fans, although a big thank you must now go to big pal and promoter Eddie Hearn, who has turned it all around for him.
Hearn picked Froch up from the disappointing Ward defeat, dusted him off, and came up with a plan to fill a stadium and fulfil a dream the Nottingham fighter had harboured for years. It all came true on Saturday night in London for Froch, who can now safely go about the business of defending his titles knowing full well that his name is already etched in the history of the sport on native soil.
Fights with Sakio Bika, Gennady Golovkin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or even Ward again lay in wait for Froch, whose one-punch devastation of Groves will live long in the memory of all those who were there to witness it.
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