Exclusive: Hearn says Froch return unlikely but would be at 175

Phil Jay 19/07/2016
Carl Froch

Sky Sports

Promoter Eddie Hearn has reacted to rumours former super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is set for a sensational return to the ring.

Froch last fought at Wembley Stadium when knocking out UK rival George Groves in front of 80,000 fans two years ago and has since settled into a role as a Sky Sports Boxing pundit.

Upon receiving an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University this week, Froch gave an interview that started tongues wagging of a potential comeback to the sport.

WBN contacted Hearn to gather his opinion on the subject, and though ‘The Cobra’ is seemingly happily retired at the age of 39, the Matchroom boss didn’t completely rule out seeing Froch between the ropes again.

“Carl will always be a true competitor but I don’t believe he will return,” Hearn exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He is still in tremendous shape but has added some muscle and if he was to return I think it would be at 175.

“We can never say never at this stage but I think he will stay behind the mic at Sky for now,” he added.

At the tail end of his career, Froch amazingly fought in twelve straight world championship bouts for three separate versions of the 168 pound belt. The Nottingham man regained the crown twice and went on to star in one of the biggest ever fights to take place on British soil.

Although 26 months is a long time to be sidelined in boxing – Froch has always been super-fit, and with the light-heavyweight division currently struggling for big names beyond Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, the Sky analyst would bring welcome excitement to the 175 pound ranks.