WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0), according to Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, has no issue moving up to the super-middleweight division to fight former champion Carl Froch (33-2).
Froch hasn’t fought since he stopped George Groves last May at Wembley Stadium. In February, Froch vacated his IBF belt after suffering an elbow injury in preparation for a potential clash against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Earlier this month, the Nottingham fighter was stripped of his WBA title for inactivity.
In 2013, former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik was thinking about retirement before his scheduled Jan. 26, 2013 fight against super-middleweight champion Andre Ward in Los Angeles. However, when Ward had to cancel the fight due to an injury to his right shoulder, Pavlik got out when he could, which was a smart move.
Froch is in that same situation; he’s been thinking of retirement. In fact, he appears more interested in acting on television than boxing. Froch is expected to make his screen debut in a film called “Once Upon a Time in London.” According to IMBD.com, Froch is the only confirmed star in the movie.
Froch didn’t want to fight Golovkin in 2014, so would it make any sense for Froch to fight Golovkin when he’s closer than ever to hanging up the gloves?
“Just swerve Golovkin like the plague. He punches like a mule. I don’t need to be in with him. Dangerous fight,” Froch said.
Give the man credit for being honest.
Tom Loeffler confirmed to BoxingScene.com that he has been in talks with Eddie Hearn about making what would be a tremendous fight, but Froch, as we have stated time and time again, is not committed to the sport any longer.
“We’ve already asked for that fight. Gennady put in over 12,000 people in the [Forum], and Froch had 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium last year. There is no question; that would be a tremendous fight. I’ve told Eddie Hearn many times that Gennady would move to 168 and fight [Froch], but Carl is not committed to whether he’s going to fight again or whether he’s going to retire. But, that would be a great fight as well,” Loeffler said.
On average, Golovkin fights three, sometimes four fights a year. Given how inactive Froch has been in the last couple years, a fight with Golovkin would be asinine. The man has had a stellar career and has a family at home. The last thing he needs is to get brutally knocked out, which could change his life altogether.