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Nigel Benn: Carl Froch did the right thing, GGG too accurate for him

Phil Jay 09/08/2015

Former two-weight world title holder Nigel Benn is convinced Carl Froch did the right thing in retiring from the sport after being offered a fight with current middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.

Froch, 37, decided to hang up his gloves on the back of his victory over George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, rather than mix it with the hard-hitting Kazakh who has spread fear through the boxing world with his devastating power.

Benn, who is himself hoping to fight again at the age of 51, believes the WBA and IBO champion would have had too much in his locker for the aging Froch and also backed Golovkin to overcome recently announced opponent, David Lemieux.

“I think Carl Froch did the right thing as he has nothing to prove,” Benn exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Right now, Gennady Golovkin would be just too accurate for Carl to move and miss his big shots.

“I think GGG will beat David Lemieux because he has fought at a much better level and has been left for the chance to fight the bigger names. I mean who has Lemieux really fought if you look at it? I think Golovkin will break him down and stop him midway through the fight.”

Another big middleweight bout is currently on the verge of being announced as Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are ready to lock horns and Benn says the Mexican superstar could come out on top against the current WBC title holder.

“Cotto v Canelo will be a very good fight, but I don’t know what weight it’s going to be at,” said Benn. “When Canelo fought Kirkland he look a bit sluggish, so if it’s up at middleweight I think he would win the fight.”

‘The Dark Destroyer’ recently informed WBN that he has set a deadline for a potential trilogy fight with Chris Eubank next year as Benn hopes to end his retirement stretching back over two decades and once again share the spotlight with his greatest rival.