Carl Froch

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Carl Froch
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Real name Carl Froch
Nickname(s) The Cobra
Rated at Super-middleweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach 75″ / 189cm
Nationality British
Born (1977-07-02) 2 July 1977 (age 37)
Nottingham, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 33
Wins by KO 24
Losses 2

Carl Martin Froch[1] (born 2 July 1977) is an English professional boxer. He is a four-time world champion in the super-middleweight division, having won the WBC title twice, and is the former IBF champion, having defeated Lucian Bute for the title. On 23 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. He is the best British pound-for-pound boxer, according to the BBC.[2] He was also voted WBN (World Boxing News) fighter of the year 2012[3] and fighter of year 2012 by BoxRec.[4] Froch was awarded 2013 GQ (UK) Sportsman Of The Year.

Froch is ranked by BoxRec as the number seven pound-for-pound boxer in the world and by The Ring magazine as the number eight pound-for-pound boxer in the world.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Froch was born in Colwick, Nottingham, in 1977, the son of Carol (Douglas) and Frank Froch.[6] His paternal grandparents were Polish (his paternal grandfather also had German ancestry), while Carl's mother's family is English.[7][8] 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.[9]

He is a supporter of Nottingham Forest and occasionally trains at Forest's training ground when a fight is upcoming.[10][11] He has also appeared on the Sky Sports Saturday morning football show Soccer AM the week before a fight.[12][13]

Amateur career[edit]

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..[14]

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 the veteran ex-world champion Robin Reid, after which Reid retired from the sport for four years.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] 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."[18][19]

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.[20][21] 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.[22]

Mikkel Kessler[edit]

Froch's next fight was against Mikkel Kessler, who lost the WBA super middleweight title to Andre Ward.[23] 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.[24][25][26][27] 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.[28] 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.[29]

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.[30]

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 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[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.[31] 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.[32][33]

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.[34]

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.[35] [36] After the match, Froch hinted at a rematch against Andre Ward[37] in the UK, or a possible rubber match against Kessler.[38]

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 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.[39][40]

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.[41]

Froch vs Groves II[edit]

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.[42]

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.[43] 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".[44]

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (24 KOs), 2 Losses
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Date Location Notes
Win 33–2 United Kingdom George Groves KO 8 (12),
2014-05-31 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Retained WBA/IBF super-middleweight titles.
Win 32–2 United Kingdom George Groves TKO 9 (12),
2013-11-23 United Kingdom Phones4u Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester Retained WBA/IBF super-middleweight titles.
Win 31–2 Denmark Mikkel Kessler UD 12 2013-05-25 United Kingdom O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Retained IBF super-middleweight title.
Won WBA super-middleweight title.
Win 30–2 United States Yusaf Mack KO 3 (12),
2012-11-17 United Kingdom Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained IBF super-middleweight title.
Win 29–2 Romania Lucian Bute TKO 5 (12),
2012-05-26 United Kingdom Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Won IBF super-middleweight title.
Loss 28–2 United States Andre Ward UD 12 2011-12-17 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost WBC super-middleweight title.
For WBA(Super)/The Ring super-middleweight titles.
Win 28–1 Jamaica Glen Johnson MD 12 2011-06-04 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 27–1 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 2010-11-27 Finland Hartwall Arena, Helsinki Won vacant WBC super-middleweight title.
Loss 26–1 Denmark Mikkel Kessler UD 12 2010-04-24 Denmark MCH Messecenter Herning, Herning Lost WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 26–0 United States Andre Dirrell SD 12 2009-10-17 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 25–0 United States Jermain Taylor TKO 12 (12),
2009-04-25 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut Retained WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 24–0 Canada Jean Pascal UD 12 2008-12-06 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Won vacant WBC super-middleweight title.
Win 23–0 Poland Albert Rybacki TKO 4 (12),
2008-05-10 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Win 22–0 United Kingdom Robin Reid RTD 5 (12),
2007-11-09 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained British super-middleweight title.
Win 21–0 Russia Sergey Tatevosyan TKO 2 (12),
2007-03-23 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Win 20–0 United Kingdom Tony Dodson KO 3 (12),
2006-11-24 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained British/Commonwealth super-middleweight titles.
Win 19–0 United Kingdom Brian Magee KO 11 (12),
2006-05-26 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Retained British/Commonwealth super-middleweight titles.
Win 18–0 Australia Dale Westerman TKO 9 (12),
2006-02-17 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title.
Win 17–0 South Africa Ruben Groenewald TKO 5 (12),
2005-02-12 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title.
Win 16–0 United Kingdom Matthew Barney PTS 12 2005-07-09 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained British/Commonwealth super-middleweight titles.
Win 15–0 Costa Rica Henry Porras TKO 8 (10),
2005-04-21 United States Avalon, Hollywood, California
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Damon Hague TKO 1 (12),
2004-09-24 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained Commonwealth, & won vacant British super-middleweight title.
Win 13–0 Canada Mark Woolnaugh TKO 11 (12),
2004-06-02 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title.
Win 12–0 Ghana Charles Adamu PTS 12 2004-03-12 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Won Commonwealth super-middleweight title.
Win 11–0 Belarus Dmitry Adamovich TKO 2 (8),
2004-01-30 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Alan Page TKO 7 (10),
2003-11-28 United Kingdom Derby Storm Arena, Derby, Derbyshire Won vacant English super-middleweight title.
Win 9–0 Armenia Vage Kocharyan PTS 8 2003-10-04 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Michael Monaghan TKO 3 (8),
2003-04-16 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Win 7–0 Armenia Varuzhan Davtyan TKO 5 (8),
2003-03-05 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 6–0 France Valery Odin TKO 6 (8),
2003-01-28 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Mike Duffield TKO 1 (6),
2002-12-21 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Paul Bonson PTS 6 2002-10-25 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Darren Covell TKO 1 (6),
2002-08-23 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Ojay Abrahams KO 1 (6),
2002-05-10 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Michael Pinnock TKO 4 (6),
2002-03-16 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Professional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major world titles:

Regional/international titles:


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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
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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