Feature | Jul 04 2015

EXCLUSIVE Carl Froch reveals his toughest fight

Froch admits the first George Groves fight wasn't easy but it wasn't his hardest battle

MY toughest fight was probably against Charles Adamu [pictured above] in 2004 because that was my first 12-round fight against quite an established pro for the Commonwealth title.

I had never done 12 rounds before so I found myself holding back, it was tough physically and mentally and it was one of my biggest milestones as a pro. George Groves boxed Adamu six years later, and beat him, but Adamu was a shadow of his former self by that point.

But I can’t then say Jermain Taylor wasn’t really tough after getting knocked down in round three. The first fight against Groves was tough for a few rounds but it was getting easier and easier, and I knew I would get him out of there, although the referee may have jumped in a couple of seconds early and saved Groves from a bad knockout, which he received at Wembley anyway.

I’ve been involved in a few toughies; the fights with Mikkel Kessler were tough. The first fight with him has got to be up as one of my toughest. That’s the thing, I’ve had such a great career and such a mixed bag of opponents there are some that are equally as tough. If you asked someone who had had a limited career, had been safely matched and retired undefeated they would probably only have two names for you but there are quite a few names that have given me a tough fight.

CLICK HERE for the full, unmissable, interview with Carl Froch where he discusses ‘ducking’ James DeGale; what exactly was going through his mind during THAT conversation with Floyd Mayweather; fighting Gennady Golovkin; reveals the exact moment he knew he could take punch; and much, much more

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