British star Carl Froch has lost his place in the WBN Pound for Pound Top 50 exactly one year on from the Nottingham fighter’s destructive win over George Groves at Wembley Stadium.
The 37 year-old laid compatriot Groves out in front of 80,000 fans in a devastating rematch victory but has since been stripped of his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles for not facing the stipulated challengers in the allotted timescale.
Froch has hinted that retirement may be on his mind on more than one occasion since having seen potential clashes with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and a third fight with Mikkel Kessler fail to come to fruition. Kessler decided to call a halt to his career in February, whilst Chavez surprisingly lost to Andrzej Fonfara and is in the midst of a rebuilding job.
That has left Froch perilously close to stepping away from the sport, although possible bouts with Gennady Golovkin, Andre Ward and fellow Brit James DeGale still remain on the table should ‘The Cobra’ decide to extend his career.
For now, the three-time world champion will no longer appear on the World Boxing News list until such time that he graces the ring again, and once Andre Ward makes his long-awaited comeback in the summer, Froch will ultimately lose his spot as the recognised best in the division.