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Four-time world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has retired from boxing.

“The Cobra” officially announced his retirement from the sport through his Twitter page, bringing the curtain down on a spectacular career.

“I’m officially retired from Boxing. So much to say & so many people to thank. But for now, I just want to say THANK YOU to my amazing fans,” he wrote early Tuesday morning.

The 38-year-old had not fought in over a year and it was announcement that many saw coming, despite much speculation surrounding a potential bout with Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin.

Froch was set to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas this past March but picked up an elbow injury before Chavez’s surprising loss to Andrzej Fonfara all but killed any interest in the fight.

The tough man from Nottingham won his first world championship in a points victory over Canadian Jean Pascal in December 2008.

Froch was only defeated twice over the course of his 13 year career, losing via decision to American Andre Ward and Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler. He would later go on to avenge the loss to Kessler in 2013.

Froch also bounced back from Ward defeat in spectacular fashion, taking just five rounds to dethrone then-undefeated world champion Lucian Bute in his very next fight.

The crowning moment in Froch’s career came just last year. In front of a post-war record crowd of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium, Froch knocked out fierce domestic rival George Groves in what would go on to be his final fight.

Despite never being the most technical boxer, Froch had one of the best chins in the business and won over fans with his fighting spirit and in the words of Groves, his willingness to “take a punch to land a punch”.

Froch will now move on to the next stage in his career and has announced he will now be working as a boxing pundit for Sky Sports.