Carl Froch

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Carl Froch
File:Carl Froch.jpg
Froch in 2009
Real name Carl Martin Froch
Nickname(s) The Cobra
Rated at Super-middleweight
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach 191 cm (75 in)
Nationality British
Born (1977-07-02) 2 July 1977 (age 43)
Nottingham, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 33
Wins by KO 24
Losses 2

Carl Martin Froch,[1] MBE (born 2 July 1977) is a British former professional boxer. He is a four-time super-middleweight world champion, having won the WBC title twice, as well as the WBA and IBF titles once each. In his early professional career he held the British, Commonwealth and English titles at super-middleweight. As an amateur he won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships.

Froch was voted Fighter of the Year for 2012 by WBN (World Boxing News)[2] and BoxRec.[3] In 2013, the UK edition of GQ magazine voted him Sportsman of the Year. He reached a peak of number six pound for pound by both BoxRec and The Ring magazine,[4] and was listed by the BBC as the best British pound for pound boxer.[5] Froch's professional career spanned fourteen years until his retirement in 2015.[6] Known for his aggressive crowd-pleasing style, stamina and toughness, Froch is considered by many to have one of the hardest chins of his era.[7]

Personal life

Froch was born in Colwick, Nottingham, in 1977, the son of Carol (Douglas) and Frank Froch.[8] His paternal grandparents were Polish (his paternal grandfather also had German ancestry), while Carl's mother's family is English.[9][10] Early in his life Froch wanted to become a footballer and play for Nottingham Forest, his local football team, and has stated that he would love to fight at the City Ground. Froch is a fan of Johnny Cash. His partner is Rachael Cordingley, a British glamour model, with whom he has a son, Rocco, and a daughter, Natalia.[11] On 11 September 2015, the couple welcomed a second daughter, Penelope.

He is a supporter of Nottingham Forest and occasionally trained at Forest's training ground before fights.[12][13] He has also appeared on the Sky Sports Saturday morning football show Soccer AM the week before a fight.[14][15]

Amateur career

Froch began boxing at the Phoenix ABC in Gedling, Nottingham. As an amateur, he won two ABA middleweight titles in 1999 and 2001 and a bronze medal at the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships before turning pro and having his first pro fight in March 2002. As an amateur, Froch lost to American Peter Manfredo Jr.[16]

Professional career

Froch is trained by Robert McCracken and managed by Eddie Hearn. In 2004, he won the vacant British and Commonwealth championships. He has defended both against Brian Magee, Tony Dodson, Matthew Barney and Damon Hague, and the Commonwealth belt alone against Ruben Groenewald and Dale Westerman.

Following a victory over the Russian Sergey Tatevosyan, on 9 November 2007 at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, he stopped the veteran ex-world champion Robin Reid, after which Reid retired from the sport for four years.[17]

Froch vs Pascal

On 6 December 2008, Froch fought Canadian Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title and won after a hard-fought 12-round brawl.[18] Both combatants showed enormous grit and determination, landing and taking huge shots from one another without even flinching. After the fight, it was revealed that Froch had sustained a perforated eardrum and a cracked rib in his final sparring session before the fight. Froch's promoter Mick Hennessy gave Froch the opportunity to withdraw from the fight, but Froch refused.[19] Since the fight, Froch and Pascal (who has since become a light-heavyweight champion) have become friends on a personal level and have made a promise to face each other again in the future.[citation needed]

Froch vs Taylor

On 25 April 2009, Froch fought Jermain Taylor in his first defence of his WBC super-middleweight title, at the Foxwoods Resort in Foxwoods, Connecticut. Froch survived a third-round knockdown – the first of his entire career, amateur and professional – and, behind on two of the three judges' cards coming into the final round, he managed to stop his opponent with 14 seconds remaining in the 12th round to retain his WBC super-middleweight title.

After the fight, Froch was quick to send out a verbal challenge to unbeaten Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe and was also quoted as saying "Kessler, Pavlik, Hopkins, I want them all to feel the force."[20][21]

Super Six World Boxing Classic

On 13 July 2009, Froch agreed to take part in the Super Six World Boxing Classic super-middleweight tournament devised by American giant Showtime, with the winner of the tournament winning the WBC and WBA world super-middleweight titles. The tournament featured 6 boxers including Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward and Froch. Froch's first opponent in the Super Six was Andre Dirrell.

Andre Dirrell

The bout took place in Nottingham on 17 October and Froch's WBC title was on the line. Froch won the fight and retained his title with a split decision victory over the previously undefeated Andre Dirrell.[22][23] Two of the judges scored the bout 115–112 in favour of Froch, with the other scoring the bout 114–113 in favour of Dirrell.[24]

Mikkel Kessler

Froch's next fight was against Mikkel Kessler, who lost the WBA super-middleweight title to Andre Ward.[25] Froch's WBC title was again on the line. In a closely fought contest in Kessler's home country of Denmark where both men had great moments throughout the fight, Kessler took Froch's title and inflicted Froch's first professional defeat via unanimous decision, the judges scoring the contest by margins of 116–112, 115–113 and 117–111. The scoring was somewhat controversial, as some boxing announcers had scored the fight much closer, with some awarding Froch the win and others scoring it a draw.[26][27][28][29] Froch later stated that the fight was close and that he believes the decision would have gone his way if the event had been held in Nottingham.[30] The fight was a contender for the 2010 Fight of the Year.

Arthur Abraham

Froch faced former IBF middleweight champion hard hitting King Arthur Abraham in the third stage in Helsinki Finland at the Hartwall Finland fearing that if he fought in Abraham's adoptive home country he might get mugged. However, since an eye injury forced Mikkel Kessler to relinquish his WBC title and resign from the tournament, Froch-Abraham was for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title. Both Froch and Abraham came off of a loss in stage two of the Super Six. Abraham lost after a disqualification against former Froch victim Andre Dirrell.

Froch regained the WBC super-middleweight title by gaining a unanimous points victory over Arthur Abraham in Helsinki. Froch won the fight against Abraham in a dominant manner, with the scores given by the judges of 119–109, 120–108 and 120–108, reflecting the one-sided nature of the bout.[31]

Glen Johnson

Following his victory over Abraham, Froch entered the semifinal stage of the tournament. His semifinal opponent on 4 June 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey was Glen Johnson. Froch retained his title with a majority decision victory, with the scores given by the judges of 116–112, 117–111, and 114–114.[32]

Andre Ward

Carl Froch lost in the final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in a dramatic bout against WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward. The vacant The Ring super-middleweight title would be on the line in the fight, as well as Froch and Ward's super-middleweight titles. In the first 7 rounds, Ward outboxed Froch, successfully using his jab to neutralize Froch and beating Froch to the punch from a distance and at close range. In the later rounds, Ward seemed to take his foot off the gas, leaving Froch to win a couple of rounds near the end of the fight, though they were close and fairly competitive rounds. The judges scorecards were 115–113, 115–113 and 118–110, all in favor of Ward. Ward won the vacant The Ring super-middleweight title.

Bute vs Froch

The IBF officially enforced Carl Froch as Lucian Bute's number one mandatory challenger. The fight, billed as "No Easy Way Out", took place on 26 May 2012 in Froch's hometown of Nottingham.[33] Despite being the underdog with bookmakers, critics and fans around the world, Froch dominated Bute throughout the fight to become the new IBF super-middleweight champion via TKO in round five, making Froch a three-time world champion.[34][35]

IBF champion

After the Bute fight and acquiring IBF belt, Froch defeated Yusaf Mack via knockout. The British website BoxRec named Froch the "Fighter of the Year" in the end of 2012.[36]

Froch vs Kessler II

On 26 May 2013 (NB the match was scheduled for the 25th, but started after midnight BST), Froch beat Mikkel Kessler in a rematch of their fight in 2010 via a unanimous points decision at The O2 Arena in London, with the judges scoring the bout 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.[37] [38] After the match, Froch hinted at a rematch against Andre Ward[39] in the UK, or a possible rubber match against Kessler.[40]

Froch vs Groves

The IBF installed George Groves as Froch's mandatory challenger, their bout taking place on Saturday 23 November at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester with Froch's IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles on the line. Froch defended his titles with a TKO victory in Round 9, despite being floored by a right from Groves in the First. There was some controversy as many observers felt that referee Howard Foster stepped in to end the contest prematurely. The three scoring judges had scored Groves ahead of Froch before Groves was shaken by some powerful Froch blows in the 9th. The controversial ending prompted a widespread demand for a rematch to be fought between the two.[41][42]

On 24 January 2014, the IBF ordered a rematch between Froch and Groves, giving Froch 90 days to fight Groves or relinquish his IBF title.[43]

Froch vs Groves II

On 13 February 2014, it was announced by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing that Froch v Groves II would take place on 31 May 2014 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Froch was quoted that the fight was what the 'British public want to see' and that was his reason for taking the option to give George Groves a rematch while defending his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles. As soon as tickets went on sale, 60,000 tickets were sold in under an hour and a further 20,000 tickets were made available, making this the biggest ever attendance for a boxing match in Britain since the Second World War.[44]

The fight was a significantly more cagey affair than the first match, with both fighters initially looking to outbox each other. Froch was stronger in the earlier rounds, with Jim Watt unofficially scoring the earlier rounds in favour of the champion on his Sky Sports scorecard. By the end of the seventh round, both Richie Woodhall and Steve Bunce had the fight scored 4 rounds to 3 for Froch on the BBC scorecards. Groves came out fighting in the 8th round before Froch got him pinned against the ropes and delivered a stunning, sensational right hand which knocked Groves clean out.[45] The referee, Charlie Fitch, instantly called the fight, sensing Groves was clearly in no fit state to continue. BBC boxing commentator Mike Costello referred to it as "The best punch you will ever see in a British boxing ring".[46] It was later named Knockout of the Year by The Ring for 2014.[47]

Professional boxing record

35 fights, 33 wins (24 knockouts), 2 losses
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
35 Win 33–2 United Kingdom George Groves TKO 8 (12), 2:28 31 May 2014 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, England Retained WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles
34 Win 32–2 TKO 9 (12), 1:33 23 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Phones4u Arena, Manchester, England
33 Win 31–2 Denmark Mikkel Kessler UD 12 25 May 2013 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained IBF super-middleweight title
Won WBA (Regular) super-middleweight title
32 Win 30–2 United States Yusaf Mack KO 3 (12), 2:30 17 Nov 2012 United Kingdom Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England Retained IBF super-middleweight title
31 Win 29–2 Romania Lucian Bute TKO 5 (12), 1:05 27 May 2012 Won IBF super-middleweight title
30 Loss 28–2 United States Andre Ward UD 12 17 Dec 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Lost WBC super-middleweight title
For WBA (Super) and The Ring super-middleweight titles
29 Win 28–1 Jamaica Glen Johnson MD 12 4 Jun 2011 Retained WBC super-middleweight title
28 Win 27–1 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 27 Nov 2010 Finland Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland Won vacant WBC super-middleweight title
27 Loss 26–1 Denmark Mikkel Kessler UD 12 24 Apr 2010 Denmark MCH Messecenter, Herning, Denmark Lost WBC super-middleweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States Andre Dirrell SD 12 17 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England Retained WBC super-middleweight title
25 Win 25–0 United States Jermain Taylor TKO 12 (12), 2:46 25 Apr 2009 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, US
24 Win 24–0 Canada Jean Pascal UD 12 6 Dec 2008 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England Won vacant WBC super-middleweight title
23 Win 23–0 Poland Albert Rybacki TKO 4 (12), 2:35 10 May 2008
22 Win 22–0 United Kingdom Robin Reid RTD 5 (12), 3:00 9 Nov 2007 Retained British super-middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 Russia Sergey Tatevosyan TKO 2 (12), 2:54 23 Mar 2007
20 Win 20–0 United Kingdom Tony Dodson KO 3 (12), 2:55 24 Nov 2006 Retained British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles
19 Win 19–0 United Kingdom Brian Magee KO 11 (12), 1:21 26 May 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
18 Win 18–0 Australia Dale Westerman TKO 9 (12), 1:45 17 Feb 2006 Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title
17 Win 17–0 South Africa Ruben Groenewald TKO 5 (12), 2:25 12 Feb 2005 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England
16 Win 16–0 United Kingdom Matthew Barney PTS 12 9 Jul 2005 Retained British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles
15 Win 15–0 Costa Rica Henry Porras TKO 8 (10), 0:56 21 Apr 2005 United States The Avalon, Hollywood, California, US
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Damon Hague TKO 1 (12), 2:10 24 Sep 2004 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title
Won vacant British super-middleweight title
13 Win 13–0 Canada Mark Woolnaugh TKO 11 (12), 1:47 2 Jun 2004 Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 Ghana Charles Adamu PTS 12 12 Mar 2004 Won Commonwealth super-middleweight title
11 Win 11–0 Belarus Dmitry Adamovich TKO 2 (8), 1:07 30 Jan 2004 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Alan Page TKO 7 (10), 1:40 28 Nov 2003 United Kingdom Storm Arena, Derby, England Won vacant English super-middleweight title
9 Win 9–0 Armenia Vage Kocharyan PTS 8 4 Oct 2003 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Michael Monaghan TKO 3 (8), 2:18 16 Apr 2003 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England
7 Win 7–0 Armenia Varuzhan Davtyan TKO 5 (8), 1:44 5 Mar 2003 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
6 Win 6–0 France Valery Odin TKO 6 (8), 2:15 28 Jan 2003 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Mike Duffield TKO 1 (6), 1:14 21 Dec 2002 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Paul Bonson PTS 6 25 Oct 2002 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Darren Covell TKO 1 (6), 2:03 23 Aug 2002
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Ojay Abrahams KO 1 (6), 2:18 10 May 2002
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Michael Pinnock TKO 4 (6), 2:03 16 Mar 2002 Professional debut

Titles in boxing

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Title last held by
Joe Calzaghe
WBC super-middleweight champion
6 December 2008 – 24 April 2010
Succeeded by
Mikkel Kessler
Title last held by
Mikkel Kessler
WBC super-middleweight champion
27 November 2010 – 17 December 2011
Succeeded by
Andre Ward
Preceded by
Lucian Bute
IBF super-middleweight champion
26 May 2012 – 3 February 2015
Title next held by
James DeGale
Preceded by
Mikkel Kessler
as Regular champion
WBA super-middleweight champion
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26 May 2013 – 3 February 2015
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Title last held by
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WBA super-middleweight champion
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3 February 2015 – 8 May 2015
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