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Froch: No warm-up fight, If I come back it’s straight in at the top

Phil Jay 24/05/2015

Picture by Lawrence Lustig

Nottingham’s Carl Froch says he will make a formal decision on his future next month as speculation mounts that ‘The Cobra’ could agree a Wembley finale against middleweight king Gennady Golokvin in the summer.

Froch, 37, hasn’t fought since knocking out George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at the national stadium in May 2014 and was rumoured to be seriously looking to hang up his gloves for good.

In the wake of Golovkin’s recent win over Willie Monroe, the offer has cropped up to be the hard-hitting Kazakh’s first opponent at 168 and Froch will take the next week or so to mull over what could potentially be his swansong contest.

“Early June I’ll make an announcement, but a fight with Golokvin is a mouth-watering option. I’ll make a decision, see how I feel and then go back in the gym,” Froch told Sky Sports.

A three-time world champion, Froch is adamant that he won’t be aiming to take an easier option before any touted clash with knockout artist ‘GGG,’ as if he does decide to fight on it will be against a recognisable name only.

“Fighting after a year out is an issue, but I don’t go overweight and I live clean,” he pointed out. “I’ll get good sparring, get Tony Bellew in and I’m sure I’ll be fine for the top level.

“I don’t need a warm-up fight. I’ll get straight back in at the top level with a serious competitor,” Froch added.

Golovkin has the most impressive record in boxing today as the 33 year-old has KO’d 30 of his 33 opponents and boasts an early finish ratio of over 90 percent. Among Golovkin’s victims are Froch’s fellow countrymen Martin Murray and Matthew Macklin who both failed to go the distance with the WBA and IBO title holder – like many others.

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