Carl Froch reckons he could beat any super middleweight in boxing

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Former world champion admitted he considered coming out of retirement to face the Dane for a third time

CARL FROCH reckons he could beat any super-middleweight boxing today – but ruled out returning for a grudge match with Mikkel Kessler.

The former world champion admitted he considered coming out of retirement to face the Dane for a third time, with the scores level at one victory each.

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Carl Froch and Mikkell Kessler have won one fight apiece

But Froch, 39, has made the tough division to stay out of the ring after a three-year absence.


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He said: “In my heart I believe I could beat any of the current super-middleweights.

“I’m a fighter and I look at the current crop and think if I came back I wouldn’t be worried about facing anyone.

“After Kessler came out of retirement I thought ‘should I come back?’


“But I’ve had a good chat with my coach Rob McCracken and we both agreed that the right decision is for me to remain retired.

“As much as I love the sport, I’ve got to be realistic. I turn 40 in July and I’ve been out of the ring three years. I’ve always listened to my coach so I will stay retired.”

Kessler recently announced he was coming out of retirement

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Kessler recently announced he was coming out of retirement

Nottingham fighter Froch has been getting his fix at ringside

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Nottingham fighter Froch has been getting his fix at ringside

Nottingham puncher Froch has been working as a pundit for Sky Sports after a glittering career.

And while he would love to climb into the ring again, he admits he is getting his fix from watching the likes of Anthony Joshua up close.

The heavyweight, 27, takes on Wladimir Klitschko, 41, at Wembley on April 29 and Froch believes the likeable superstar is at the forefront of a golden era for British boxing.

He added: “It almost feels like since I retired and since the Wembley fight [against George Groves in 2014] boxing has gone from strength to strength.

“We’re right in the public eye – especially with what Joshua’s doing.

“We’ve got more world champions than we’ve had in years. Although we’ve lost a couple of titles with Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns, we’re still doing really well as a nation.

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Wladimir Klitschko is coming to London to take on Anthony Joshua

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Wladimir Klitschko is coming to London to take on Anthony Joshua

Froch was incolved in the last fight to take place at Wembley - beating rival George Groves in an epic bout

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Froch was incolved in the last fight to take place at Wembley – beating rival George Groves in an epic bout

“Boxing as a sport does go through peaks and troughs depending on who is champion and who is catching the public’s attention.

“With Joshua and other talents coming through boxing is mega – Klitschko’s coming to Wembley Stadium.

“It’s a great sport to be involved in, it’s great for me to be by the side of the canvas commentating and getting my boxing fix. It keeps me out of the ring.”

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