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Froch: Nobody Beats Ward at 168, British Boxing is Well

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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by OLD JUD on 12-21-2011

Froch just can't refrain from talking crap. He [I]thinks[/I] he's number two in the world, really? Maybe Bute and Kessler would argue over that point. He seems to be more popular in the states than he is at home, maybe…

Comment by Joeyzagz on 12-20-2011

Froch should be a damned motivational speaker. I think Im more bummed out about the outcome than he was.

Comment by Motofan on 12-20-2011

Hard to argue with Froch. Class act.

Comment by mushahadeen on 12-20-2011

[QUOTE=David1976;11582927]He is a class act.[/QUOTE] Yes Froch is a Class Act. One quote makes up for all the sh1t he has talked for his entire career. I like Froch but of course he's not a class act. One of the…

Comment by larry mustafa on 12-20-2011

froch is real

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