By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH is determined to put British boxing back on the map after losing his WBC world super-middleweight title at the weekend.
His emphatic points defeat at the hands of American Andre Ward came just a week after Amir Khan surrendered his WBA light-welterweight title to Lamont Peterson.
And with David Haye also losing his world heavyweight belt in 2011, it leaves WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly as Britain’s only holder of one of the top four titles.
But the 34-year-old Nottingham bruiser claims British boxing is still strong.
Froch said: “I think the overall state of British boxing is good.
“I know we’ve lost a few world champions, but that’s because we’re all competing at the top level.
“Amir Khan lost to a bad decision and I’ve lost a decision to someone who I can’t see getting beat.
“Who is there to beat Andre Ward? I can’t see anyone and he could be boxing’s next superstar. So, I’m the No.2 super-middleweight in the world, which is not a bad position to be in.
“It’s not looking as good as it was because British boxers have lost a succession of world title fights this year – David Haye, John Murray, Amir Khan and now myself – so it’s not the best.
“But we’re competing at the top level and I’m certainly showcasing Britain abroad and representing Britain proudly.”
Froch is determined to win another world title, just like he did after suffering his only other professional defeat at the hands of Mikkel Kessler in April 2010.
His promoter Eddie Hearn is negotiating a possible double header with unbeaten IBF champ Lucian Bute and there is also the option of a rematch with Kessler, who is due to fight WBO title holder Robert Stieglitz next.
Froch is completely devastated at losing the WBC title for a second time, but is still hungry for success in the ring.
He said: “I love the sport. I love getting up in the morning, getting my kit on and going running. I’m like a lunatic.
“I don’t like being unfit or out of shape.
“While I’m enjoying it, still making the weight, loving the sparring and having success, why shouldn’t I keep doing it?
“I still have the desire. This defeat hasn’t ripped the heart out of me and made me think of hanging up my gloves forever.”