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Who is Carl Froch?

Posted 12-27-2008 at 10:10 PM by The Monk
The question of ‘who is Carl Froch’ is one that has been asked by many followers of boxing in recent years. It is a question which has differing answers depending on who it is you are asking. One answer you could hear is that Froch is the much avoided, heavy hitting heir to the throne left vacant by Joe Calzaghe following his move to light heavyweight. The answer you are more likely to receive however is that Froch is the vastly overrated, stay at home brawler who will lose his unbeaten record when he steps up to truly world class level. The answer that you would receive from me is neither of these, but somewhere in the middle of the two.

Firstly, a little background information on Froch. He has been boxing since an early age, twenty two years ago to be exact. As an amateur he had an accomplished, if unspectacular career which culminated in him taking bronze in the world championships of 2001 held in Belfast. A move into the pro ranks followed at the age of 25, yet it would be six long years until he realised his dream of becoming world champion. In those six years he also won the English title, the British title and the Commonwealth title. He has fought 23 of his 24 fights in Britain, many being in his home city of Nottingham where he has a substantial following, only leaving the shores of Britain once in 2005 when he stopped Henry Porras in his US television debut. Yet to this day Froch remains a mysterious figure in the US, where very little is seen or known of him.

Like every boxer Froch has weaknesses and strengths. His main asset is undoubtedly the power he possesses. Given the nickname ‘the cobra’, in recognition of his stinging knockout power, Froch has stopped 19 of the 24 opponents he has faced. He has spectacular one punch knockouts on his record in the form of Brian Magee, a vicious uppercut, and a perfectly placed left hook to the body of Tony Dodson. The question does remain though over how devastating his power will be against the elites. An example of this was against the previously unbeaten Jean Pascal. Although having his opponent in difficulty at points of the fight Froch was unable to land the knockout blow. One thing that was proved in the Pascal fight was the quality of the chin that Froch possesses. Hard right hand after hard right hand landed for Pascal, but Froch was unmoved as he took them flush. There is granite in his chin, I’m sure of it.

The Pascal fight highlighted a major flaw in Froch’s technique, his defence. In previous fights, like the Reid and Magee fight, Froch was getting hit far too much and again in the Pascal fight this was the case. The regularity that opponents find Froch’s chin surely has a lot to do with his style. Froch elects to use a hands held low tactic in his fights, relying on his reflexes to get him out of harms way; a tactic which to me at least, is failing. If he does not adopt a more defensive guard I fear it could cost him. Other fighters who have relied on their reflexes, like Roy Jones Jnr, have succeeded because of the speed they possess, speed that Froch does not have. Although his hand speed is often underrated it is simply not on the level of the Roy Jones Jnrs of the world.

The word ‘avoided’ and Carl Froch have been used in conjunction an awful lot over the last couple of years, but how much truth is there behind the various stories of boxers ducking Froch. First there was the saga involving fellow current alphabet title holder Denis Inkin who was due to fight Froch in a title eliminator twice in early 2008, but pulled out citing injury on both occasions. Many have speculated that is was in fact more mental factors, rather than physical ones, that caused him to withdraw.
Another name that is constantly being mentioned as someone who wants no part of Froch is that of Joe Calzaghe. It is worth mentioning that while the Froch camp keep calling for a Calzaghe fight it would not make business sense nor capture the boxing publics imagination and chances are will never happen. A recent story is the talk of a Jermain Taylor matchup. Again though, if this fight doesn’t materialise it has more to do with the unwillingness of the television companies to make the fight than to say one boxer is ducking another. Throughout his career, Froch has been a high risk – low reward opponent, but with his capture of the WBC title this may change.

So what does the future hold for Froch? Super middleweight is a division packed full of talent with plenty of attractive matches out there to be made. Unification is a real possibility and I would favour Froch over both Bute and Inkin, however I see both Kessler and Taylor beating him by decision. Time is not on Froch’s side though and if he wants to gain recognition in the US he needs to move fast and make 2009 the year of the Cobra.

To answer the question posed in the title of this blog I would say Carl Froch is a boxer who has the chance to really make a name for himself. He has the natural tools to become a formidable fighter who can unify at 168lbs, but also a boxer who has some major flaws with need attention otherwise a loss could be just around the corner. First and foremost, he is an extremely exciting fighter (if you haven’t seen the Pascal fight yet make it a new years resolution) who puts himself in harms way to land his own bombs. Someone definitely worth keeping an eye on in 2009.
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  1. Old
    I'm an allergic to every ABC organization, which unfortunately hold its grip of today's boxing world, and almost ruined it (ask MMA, they feed on it).

    Therefore, I see Froch only as a challenger (though very respectable) rather than a so-called "world champ", irrespective of the **** title WBC is honoured him with.

    [I]You know, one weight class=one title=one champion.[/I]

    But, I found this article very enjoyable. I believe Kessler is closest to be "the True World Champ" at the moment, and that's the man Froch gotta beat.

    I've noticed that some boxing journalists insist of Froch vs Pascal being the Fight of the Year. If you emerged victorious out of a battle like that, you really deserve challenging for a real World Title (I'm not referring to Kessler's WBA garbage belt, but his unauthorized [I]World[/I] belt).

    So at the moment, it's a triple drama between Kessler, Taylor and Froch. Upcomers Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward give the division depth. It looks like an enjoyable 2009.
    Posted 12-29-2008 at 07:19 PM by gridiron gridiron is offline
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    The Monk's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply.

    Agreed about the alphabet organisations; I hate every single one of them and wish we could go back to the one world champ for each weight. Sadly, I think theres hardly any chance of that happening.

    I get the feeling with Froch that he realises he needs to get a move on and is looking for the big fights asap. He and his team have talked of their desire to face his mandatory Taylor (hardly an easy first defence) and his team has sent feelers out to Kessler's handlers about a possible meeting.

    168lbs is going to get very interesting in 2009.
    Posted 12-30-2008 at 06:37 AM by The Monk The Monk is offline
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    Froch is the truth, and will come out of the Super Six undefeated.
    Posted 02-08-2010 at 07:43 PM by BOLLOCKS BOLLOCKS is offline
 

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