Carl Froch is adamant there won’t be any ring return following the former super middleweight champion’s recent decision to step away from boxing for a career as a Sky pundit.
The 38 year-old felt that being out of the ring for a year since his career-defining win over George Groves was just too long to take on the likes of Gennady Golovkin or Bernard Hopkins and says there is no chance that he will ever make a comeback.
“This is officially the retirement. I always said if I retire I won’t come back,” Froch told Sky Sports.
“I think it’s dangerous to think about potentially coming back for a big fight when you’ve announced retirement. And it’s annoying for me as a boxing fan, as well as a competitive boxer in the sport, to see people retire and then; ‘Oh, he’s changed his mind and come back out of retirement.’ It sort of takes away the validity of it and you have got to be taken seriously in this world.
“I’m going from the boxing world and other doors are opening. I want people to take me seriously.
“I feel civilized now and I feel like Carl Froch the fighting machine, is still in there and still in the belly, but it’s been too long. I just feel that the fighting machine that I love so much and I need to be to compete at the top level, I feel like it’s been put away for too long and I just don’t know if I can get hold of him again and go one more time. I don’t think I could.
“To have the defining moment at Wembley Stadium in front on 80,000 people is enough. It’s enough.”
Froch won four world titles at 168lbs during a stellar career and will be fondly remembered for his attitude of taking on all comers.