November 19, 2015
November 19, 2015
Tyson Fury v Carl Froch

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CARL FROCH has revealed he would fight at light-heavyweight should he end his retirement and return to the ring.

A four-time world super-middleweight champion, Froch announced his retirement earlier this year having last fought in May 2014 when he stopped George Groves in eight rounds at Wembley Stadium.

Having recently flirted with the idea of making a comeback, Froch told Boxing News that he would not be able to return to the division he once ruled.

“If I boxed again, and it’s a big if, it would have to be at light-heavyweight or a catchweight,” he said.

“I could make light-heavyweight quite easily and do some damage there, it’s a great division. I’m happily retired though, we’re talking hypothetically here.

“I’m in great shape but the only thing is I’m a bit heavy, I’m about 13 and a half stone now with about eight per cent body fat so to get to super-middleweight I’d need to really diet and run and break down the muscle tissue I’ve built up.

“If I boxed again it would be at light-heavyweight, I wouldn’t even attempt to get to super-middle.

“I’m swimming a lot so my upper body is getting a bit bigger. I’m doing 10 rounds on the bag at a good pace and I’m thinking, ‘f****** hell, I’m feeling strong.’

“I’m not sparring or anything like that though and I’m not running.”

IBF world super-middleweight champion James DeGale recently warned Froch against making a return and Carl appreciated the advice from his countryman.

“It’s fair enough, he’s looking at me as a four-time world champion, financially secure with a great family. I quite respect what he said to be honest, I didn’t think it was insulting, I wasn’t offended by it,” he told us.

“Fair play to him. Let’s be honest, it’s not bad advice.”

When probed on how he would fare against DeGale, Froch was predictably confident and also gave his views on Andre Ward – who outpointed Froch in 2011 – and Gennady Golovkin.

“I think I beat DeGale, it’s not a hard fight. It’s an awkward fight for four rounds or so and then I smash him to bits. That’s nothing against DeGale, it’s just boxing,” he mused.

“If you asked me about Andre Ward, I’d say I wouldn’t fight him. I’d probably lose on points. I’m just being honest. I think Gennady Golovkin is a really tough fight that I could win but it could go horribly wrong.

“I think I’m too big for him though, he’s quite small and I’ve got too much range. It’s not like he doesn’t get hit, and can he take my shots for 12 rounds? I’m not so sure. It would be great to find out.

“If DeGale wants to meet me at 173lbs I’ll give him a pasting as well.”