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Hearn relives Bute and Wembley memories as Froch hangs up gloves

Phil Jay 14/07/2015

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has praised Carl Froch following the super middleweight great’s decision to step away from boxing on Tuesday.

Hearn hooked up with Froch in the build-up to the Nottingham man’s damaging loss to Andre Ward in 2011, but went on to be a massive part of reviving the fortunes of ‘The Cobra’ who would go on to unify the 168lb world titles after being well written off.

An eye-catching victory against previously undefeated Lucian Bute in 2012 was followed by revenge against Mikkel Kessler in 2013 and eventually a career-defining knockout of George Groves in 2014.

Hearn says Froch fought off disaster on more than one occasion that could have potentially damaged his legacy in the sport.

“The Bute win should go down as one of the great nights in British boxing,” said Hearn.

“After the Ward defeat, I offered him an easy comeback or the fight with Bute. The problem was to bring Bute over, the money for both fights were the same. If he lost to Bute that night it was all over.

“My standout memory though is the chat we had one hour before we left for Wembley. He said; “I can’t believe after everything I’ve done throughout my whole career, my legacy comes down to tonight, doesn’t it?’ I said yes, lose tonight and you are Donald-ducked old boy.”

Froch leaves boxing with a 33-2 record through a 12-year career and now takes up a position within the Sky Sports boxing team.

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