Although negotiations for a clash between former super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin are currently ongoing, there is no guarantee that Froch will fight the feared Kazakh, according to Eddie Hearn.
Froch was recently stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt due to inactivity and has hinted at retirement off and on – Froch has been pursuing an acting career while he ponders his future in the sport – and Golovkin’s camp has stated frequently that their fighter is willing to move up to 168-pounds to square off against the Nottingham fighter.
Golovkin, who holds a record of 33-0 with 30 knockouts, has also mentioned about dropping down to 154-pounds to fight undefeated pound-for-pound Floyd Mayweather Jr. However, he has also spoken about his plans to unify the middleweight division. Golovkin seems like he wants to do everything humanely possible in this sport, and that is what has made him the rising star he is.
Froch has stated that he will only fight again if it is a bout that excites his interest and it’s been almost a full year since he stopped George Groves inside the eighth round last May in front of 80,000 screaming fans at Wembley Stadium.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn said the fight would be huge.
“I’ve seen reports regarding a potential fight with Carl and Golovkin. It’s a huge fight and we are certainly talking,” Hearn said.
But, Hearn cannot say whether Froch will fight again or not.
“At some stage, that fight becomes too big to ignore, but at this stage, we don’t know if Carl will fight again.
“You know Carl will fight anyone and if it’s a fight he can get up for and it does happen, then it will be a huge event. I can’t rule it out, but I also cannot rule out Carl retiring.
Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, spoke with Boxing Scene, essentially affirming what Hearn had said.
“We’ve told Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn that Gennady will go to 168-pounds to fight Carl in what would be a tremendous fight, but it is not clear whether Carl will retire or fight again.”’
He either wants to fight or he doesn’t want to fight. The indecisiveness on Froch’s behalf will only hurt him in the long run. If he wants the fight, get the contract signed as soon as possible. But, if he chooses to fight Golovkin more for money than the fight itself – we can hit this point on the head a thousand times – it will be a very short, sad night for him, and all the fans who go to see it at Wembley.