Carl Froch

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Carl Froch
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Real nameCarl Froch
Nickname(s)The Cobra
The Sheriff of Nottingham
Rated atSuper-middleweight
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach74½″ / 189cm
NationalityBritish
Born(1977-07-02) 2 July 1977 (age 36)
Nottingham, England
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights34
Wins32
Wins by KO23
Losses20
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Carl Froch
Carl Froch.jpg
Statistics
Real nameCarl Froch
Nickname(s)The Cobra
The Sheriff of Nottingham
Rated atSuper-middleweight
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach74½″ / 189cm
NationalityBritish
Born(1977-07-02) 2 July 1977 (age 36)
Nottingham, England
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights34
Wins32
Wins by KO23
Losses20
Draws0
No contests0

Carl Froch (born 2 July 1977) is an English professional boxer who fights as a super middleweight. As of 26 May 2012 Froch is the reigning IBF champion at super middleweight, having defeated Lucian Bute for the title, and on 25 May 2013 Froch became the WBA unified champion after defeating Mikkel Kessler.

He has also held the British, Commonwealth, and English titles at super middleweight and is a two time WBC world champion. As of 1 January 2013, he is the best British pound for pound boxer, according to the BBC.[1] He was also voted WBN (World Boxing News) fighter of the year 2012[2] and fighter of year 2012 by BoxRec.[3] Froch was awarded 2013 GQ (UK) Sportsman Of The Year.

Froch is ranked number 8 pound for pound by Boxrec and number 10 by The Ring Magazine

Amateur career[edit]

Froch began boxing at his home in Meadows, Nottingham at 9 years old. He later joined 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. in a 4th round technical knock out.[4]

During his amateur career, he lost a fight to Denis Inkin, who he was scheduled to fight in a title eliminator in 2008, but Inkin pulled out on three occasions.[citation needed] Interestingly, he also boxed Jason Booth when a teenager on more than one occasion. Booth went on to fight as a professional at Flyweight to Super bantamweight.

Professional career[edit]

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 veteran ex-world champion Robin Reid, after saw Reid retire from the sport for four years.[5]

On 10 May 2008, at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham Carl Froch stopped unbeaten Polish Albert Rybacki in the 4th round of a scheduled 12. Rybacki was drafted in as a last-minute replacement after initial opponent Denis Inkin pulled out on two occasions and no Top 30 fighter was willing to take the fight at two weeks' notice.[citation needed]

Froch vs Pascal[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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[edit]

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."[8][9]

Super Six World Boxing Classic[edit]

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[edit]

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.[10][11] 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.[12] There is widespread discussion in the boxing community about the fairness of this result.[citation needed]

Mikkel Kessler[edit]

Froch's next fight was against Mikkel Kessler, who lost the WBA super-middleweight title to Andre Ward.[13] 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.[14][15][16][17] 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.[18] The Fight was a contender for the 2010 Fight of the Year.

Arthur Abraham[edit]

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.[19]

Glen Johnson[edit]

Off the heels of 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.[20] After the fight Froch criticised the Japanese judge Nobuaki Uratani in an interview on Sky's Ringside show remarking that he "must have fallen asleep after round 3."[this quote needs a citation]

Andre Ward[edit]

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 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[edit]

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.[21] 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.[22][23]

IBF champion[edit]

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.[24]

Froch vs Kessler II[edit]

On 26 May 2013 (NB the match was scheduled for the 25th, but started after midnight BST), Froch beat Mikkel Kessler in a rematch from 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.[25] [26] After the match, Froch hinted at a rematch against Andre Ward[27] in the UK, or a possible rubber match against Kessler.[28]

Froch vs Groves[edit]

The IBF installed George Groves as Froch's mandatory challenger, their bout taking place on Saturday 23 November at the Phones4u Arena, 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 has prompted a widespread demand for a rematch to be fought between the two.[29][30]

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.[31]

Froch vs Groves II[edit]

On 13 February 2014, it was annonced by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing that Froch v Groves II will take place on 31 May 2014 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Froch was quoted that the fight is what the 'British public want to see' and that was his reason for taking the option to give George Groves a rematch. Froch will now defend his IBF & WBA Super middleweight titles.

On 28 February 2014 , it was officially announced via email from Matchroom Sport that a venue had been 'agreed' and will be announced to the public on 4 March 2014 and tickets would go on sale six days later on 10 March 2014.

Wembley Stadium was confirmed on 4 March 2014 as the venue for the rematch.

Professional boxing record[edit]

32 Wins (23 Knockouts), 2 Losses 0 Draws
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
N/AN/AUnited Kingdom George GrovesN/AN/A2014-05-31United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, United KingdomFor WBA and IBF super middleweight titles.
Win32–2United Kingdom George GrovesTKO9 (12)2013-11-23United Kingdom Phones4u Arena, Manchester, United KingdomRetained WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles.
Win31–2Denmark Mikkel KesslerUD122013-05-25United Kingdom O2 Arena, London, United KingdomRetained IBF super-middleweight title.
Won WBA super-middleweight title.
Win30–2United States Yusaf MackKO3 (12)2012-11-17United Kingdom Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained IBF super-middleweight title.
Win29–2Romania Lucian ButeTKO5 (12)2012-05-26United Kingdom Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomWon IBF super-middleweight title.
Loss28–2United States Andre WardUD122011-12-17United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesLost WBC super-middleweight title.
For The Ring and WBA (Super) super-middleweight titles.
Win28–1Jamaica Glen JohnsonMD122011-06-04United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesRetained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win27–1Germany Arthur AbrahamUD122010-11-27Finland Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, FinlandWon vacant WBC super-middleweight title.
Loss26–1Denmark Mikkel KesslerUD122010-04-24Denmark MCH Messecenter Herning, Herning, DenmarkLost WBC super-middleweight title.
Win26–0United States Andre DirrellSD122009-10-17United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win25–0United States Jermain TaylorTKO12 (12)2009-04-25United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United StatesRetained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win24–0Canada Jean PascalUD122008-12-06United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomWon vacant WBC super-middleweight title.
Win23–0Poland Albert RybackiTKO4 (12)2008-05-10United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Win22–0United Kingdom Robin ReidRTD5 (12)2007-11-09United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained British super-middleweight title.
Win21–0Russia Sergey TatevosyanTKO2 (12)2007-03-23United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Win20–0United Kingdom Tony DodsonKO3 (12)2006-11-24United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained British/Commonwealth
super-middleweight titles.
Win19–0United Kingdom Brian MageeKO11 (12)2006-05-26United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United KingdomRetained British/Commonwealth
super-middleweight titles.
Win18–0Australia Dale WestermanTKO9 (12)2006-02-17United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United KingdomRetained Commonwealth
super-middleweight title.
Win17–0South Africa Ruben GroenewaldTKO5 (12)2005-02-12United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained Commonwealth
super-middleweight title.
Win16–0United Kingdom Matthew BarneyPTS122005-07-09United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained British/Commonwealth
super-middleweight titles.
Win15–0Costa Rica Henry PorrasTKO8 (10)2005-04-21United States Avalon, Hollywood, California, United States
Win14–0United Kingdom Damon HagueTKO1 (12)2004-09-24United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained Commonwealth & won vacant British super-middleweight titles.
Win13–0Canada Mark WoolnaughTKO11 (12)2004-06-02United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomRetained Commonwealth
super-middleweight title.
Win12–0Ghana Charles AdamuPTS122004-03-12United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United KingdomWon Commonwealth
super-middleweight title.
Win11–0Belarus Dmitry AdamovichTKO2 (8)2004-01-30United Kingdom Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom
Win10–0United Kingdom Alan PageTKO7 (10)2003-11-28United Kingdom Derby Storm Arena, Derby, Derbyshire, United KingdomWon vacant English super-middleweight title.
Win9–0Armenia Vage KocharyanPTS82003-10-04United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, United Kingdom
Win8–0United Kingdom Michael MonaghanTKO3 (8)2003-04-16United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Win7–0Armenia Varuzhan DavtyanTKO5 (8)2003-03-05United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win6–0France Valery OdinTKO6 (8)2003-01-28United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Win5–0United Kingdom Mike DuffieldTKO1 (6)2002-12-21United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, London, United Kingdom
Win4–0United Kingdom Paul BonsonPTS62002-10-25United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win3–0United Kingdom Darren CovellTKO1 (6)2002-08-23United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win2–0United Kingdom Ojay AbrahamsKO1 (6)2002-05-10United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win1–0United Kingdom Michael PinnockTKO4 (4)2002-03-16United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United KingdomProfessional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Personal life[edit]

Froch was born in Nottingham in 1977. He is of Polish Jewish heritage.[32] 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 an fan of Johnny Cash and is also a historian with regards to combat.[citation needed] His partner is UK glamour model Rachael Cordingley with whom he has a son Rocco and a daughter Natalia.[citation needed]

He is a supporter of Nottingham Forest and occasionally trains at Forest's training ground when a fight is upcoming.[33][34] He has also appeared on the Sky Sports Saturday Morning Football show Soccer AM the week before a fight.[35][36]

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Joe Calzaghe
WBC super-middleweight champion
6 December 2008 – 24 April 2010
Succeeded by
Mikkel Kessler
Vacant
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 – present
Incumbent
Vacant
Unified against Mikkel Kessler
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
Unified Champion

26 May 2013 – present