McCracken: Froch really hasn’t made his mind up on retirement
Carl Froch’s trainer Rob McCracken has stated that the Nottingham fighter is still no nearer to a final decision as speculation mounts regarding the future of the three-time world super middleweight champion.
After being linked to a swansong fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas earlier this year, talk of Froch returning to action has since quietened following the Mexican’s shock loss to Andrzej Fonfara at 175lbs last month.
Despite some reports he is close to hanging up his gloves, McCracken is convinced that Froch is in the dark himself on whether to step between the ropes again or close the final curtain on his standout career.
“I spoke to Carl on Wednesday and he really isn’t sure. He’s not sure if he is going to have one or two more or if he is going to call it a day,” McCracken told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He hasn’t made his mind up. He tells me he’s still got that itch and he still feels like he wants to fight, but time is a great decider and with a little bit more time he’ll know what he wants to do.
“I’d watch this space because he really hasn’t made his mind up.”
Froch was recently stripped of his IBF and WBA titles leaving ‘The Cobra’ without champion status, although compatriot James DeGale has the opportunity to pick up on of those belts when he faces old foe Andre Dirrell this weekend.
Should DeGale win the vacant IBF title on US soil this Saturday, McCracken is still not sure if that would be enough to entice Froch into another huge domestic battle following his recent win double over George Groves in late 2013 and spring 2014.
“I think if James DeGale wins the world title this weekend that might just tempt Carl to have a look at him. But more realistically, Carl’s main focus is on whether he is going to fight again, not on whether it is going to be DeGale or even Andre Dirrell,” said McCracken.
“It’s ‘is he going to fight again?’ – that is the main priority for him. I think it’s too early yet to talk about him wanting to fight DeGale if he wins. That’s another conversation at another time,” he added.