Former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch becomes a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, joining the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Frank Bruno among the UK’s elite.
The 37 year-old, who is contemplating whether to fight on or retire after knocking out George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium (picture by Lawrence Lustig), will receive the MBE at Buckingham Palace at a ceremony in the near future.
Froch has been recognised for his services to the sport having won the world title at 168lbs on three occasions and been involved in the most lucrative British fight of all time against Groves at the National Stadium in May 2014.
It’s a stark contrast from a few years ago when Froch couldn’t even get on UK TV for a world title fight and largely faced a media blackout after his fights were branded boring. ‘The Cobra’ has since been resurrected under Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who has become a firm friend, and can take some recognition for Froch being singled out for his latest award.
Since joining Matchroom, Froch has been undefeated upon losing his debut against Andre Ward in knocking out Lucian Bute, avenging his loss to Mikkel Kessler, and eventually stopping Groves twice in exciting clashes that received domestic praise.
Most recently, Froch has been linked to fights with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, James DeGale and Gennady Golovkin, although it is unclear whether the Nottingham man will ever grace the ring again.