‘The Cobra’ Carl Froch had one of the most accomplished careers in British boxing history and retired in style with a monumental clash against George Groves at Wembley in 2014 which ended his career as a unified super middleweight champion and solidified his place in British boxing royalty.
The former British super-middleweight held multiple world championships, including the WBC title twice between 2008 and 2011, the IBF title from 2012 to 2015, and the WBA (Unified) title from 2013 to 2015, in addition to being voted Fighter of the Year by BoxRec and WBN in 2012 and GQ magazine Sportsman of the Year in 2013.
Having a star-studded career destined for the top, Froch endured a huge range of show-stopping successes before his grand finale including his first title victory against Jean Pascal, an IBF title belt claimed with victory against Lucien Bute and sweet revenge against Mikkel Kessler.
BBTV looks back at the former best pound for pound British boxer’s top seven victories on his way to the pinnacle of his career retiring with victory at Wembley.
Carl Froch vs Brian Magee- 26th May 2006
This was one of the trickiest nights for Froch as British and Commonwealth Champion when he faced tough Northern Irishman Brian Magee at York Hall.
After a gruelling battle receiving a cut under his right eye from Round Four, Froch had to dig deep to prevail in a bruising battle, ending the brawl in round 11 with a huge uppercut that resulted in the stoppage after a previous knockdown of Magee in the first round early on.
Carl Froch vs Jean Pascal- 6th December 2018
After Joe Calzaghe vacated the WBC super-middleweight championship, ‘The Cobra’ at (23-0) would face unbeaten Jean Pascal (21-0) in his hometown Nottingham to become world champion for the first time.
Despite reports that Froch had suffered a perforated eardrum and cracked rib prior to the fight, he soldiered into the fight refusing to pull out, and despite an extremely close fight, Froch was able to control the latter stages of the fights prevailing in later rounds and becoming world champion in front of his local fans.
He won by unanimous decision with scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110, with determination and heavy shots prominent in his rise to international glory.
Carl Froch vs Jermain Taylor- 25th April 2009
Immediately after came his first title defence against another top fighter in Jermain Taylor (28-2-1), where Froch’s resolve was tested for the first time in his career.
Taylor became the first man to drop Froch in the third round and was ahead on the scorecards going into the final period of the fight. However, Froch responded with a late barrage of shots landing 43 blows in the final round including several huge right hands to the head of Taylor, that resulted in the stoppage with just 14 seconds remaining.
Froch remained world champion and came through the biggest test of his career rising off the canvas to secure late victory in just his second fight on foreign soil in the United States.
Carl Froch vs Arthur Abraham- 27th November 2010
After suffering the first defeat of his career to a superb Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch was presented with an immediate opportunity against ‘big puncher’ Arthur Abraham in the Super Six series.
Despite fears of Froch being troubled, the Nottingham fighter put on a masterclass winning every single round using a combination of speed, power and aggression to control the fight throughout, rarely threatened by the lacklustre German fighter.
Froch took back his WBC world championship crown with a victory by unanimous decision in Helsinki with the scorecards at 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.
Carl Froch vs Lucian Bute- 26th May 2012
After defeat to undefeated American Andre Ward in the previous bout Froch’s career hanged in the balance, but he responded in superb fashion back in his hometown Nottingham Arena, sparking jubilant scenes.
With the IBF world championship title on the line, Froch put on a show for the crowd despite being the overwhelming underdog to prevail, with an explosive stoppage in the fifth round after dominating the fight with the referee ending the series of heavy shots against the ropes. Froch became three-time world champion and revived his career against one of the most dangerous fighters in the division.
Carl Froch vs Mikkel Kessler- 25th May 2013
Froch finally got a chance at revenge against Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena, after suffering defeat back in the super six series.
With two super middleweight titles on the line, Froch engaged in a back and forth brawl with the ‘Viking Warrior’ which took place at a resounding pace, with Froch coming on extremely strong in the final round rocking Kessler and leaving him hanging on to survive.
The fight then went to the judges’ scorecards, and Froch gained a vital victory by unanimous decision, with scorecards at 15–113, 116–112 and 118–110 in his favour, becoming unified super-middleweight world champion.
Carl Froch vs George Groves 2- 31st May 2014
After being stopped in controversial fashion back in their previous meeting in late 2013, Froch had a rematch with George Groves which was dubbed as unfinished business between the pair, in front of a record 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium in a historic British boxing event, ultimately becoming the final fight of his illustrious career.
The Nottingham fighter ended his career in superb fashion, ending the feud between the two fighters with victory by stoppage in the eighth round.
An even contest emerged, with round five culminating in an action-packed exchange between the two fighters. However, Froch rallied back after a period of Groves pressure, and after feinting with a left, landed a devastating right hook flush on the chin of his crumpled opponent, sending him sprawling to the canvas and ending his career with one of his finest knockouts to date.
The superfight with George Groves offered Froch a perfect time to retire, at the height of glory and success in his career, and with record-breaking victory at the pinnacle of his abilities, allowed the Nottingham boy a place in sporting history, leaving a huge legacy on boxing as a warrior, entertainer and phenomenal athlete, while becoming a national treasure and Nottingham’s cult hero.