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Carl Froch assessing options ahead of next fight

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Following his triumph in one of Britain’s biggest ever battles, Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch holds the position of top dog in this country.

Froch, aged 37, holds a highly impressive record of 33 wins and 2 losses. One man to hold a victory over Froch is the warrior-like Mikkel Kessler, but the Dane has since been emphatically defeated by the man from Nottingham.

The other man to have beaten Froch is pound for pound contender and the sublimely talented Andre Ward. Except for some of the later rounds, Froch was unable to land effectively against the American, and the chances of avenging this defeat look slim.

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Froch has received his adulation late in his fantastic career and it is good to see a man finally getting the credit that he has deserved for years. A big part of that has to go down to promoter Eddie Hearn, who has been instrumental in raising Froch’s public profile.

Since Froch destroyed George Groves with a brutal knock out in their massive Wembley Stadium rematch back in May, ‘The Cobra’ has been out of the sport and enjoying the limelight that his new found celebrity status has brought him.

Tumble talents

Froch has appeared on the television programme 'Tumble', in which contestants perform gymnastic-based acts. It was somewhat strange to see a man known for his boxing engaging in such activities but it was a chance for Froch to open yet another fan base section.

He now appears ready to get back into boxing, having worked for SkySports on their coverage of the aforementioned George Groves fight. There would appear to be several options out there for Froch and at this stage of his career it is up to him to choose who he wants to fight. He has earned that right.

James Degale

As IBF champion, Froch has a mandatory challenger in fellow Brit James Degale. Degale, aged 28, is a former Olympic Gold Medallist and earned the right to fight for the world title on the undercard of the Froch v Groves card.

Degale dominated Brandon Gonzalez on the way to a fourth round stoppage. The Virgil Hunter based fighter seemed out of his depth and Degale put on a really good performance.

Degale wants to fight Carl Froch but it seems that Froch doesn’t want to fight him. It’s not because Froch is worried about the slick style of Degale but more that the fight doesn’t interest him. He has just seen off the young pretender in George Groves and doesn't want to repeat the same story again.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

The fight that Froch himself does want is against Julio Cesar Javez Jr in Las Vegas. Froch has never fought in Las Vegas before and he would love the chance to do so before retiring. There has however been trouble trying to arrange this fight and it seems unlikely that the contest will take place as Froch’s next fight.

Mikkel Kessler

Another possible option is the decider with Mikkel Kessler. Kessler and Froch are two highly respected boxers and when they meet in the ring their styles create something special to watch. They are both aggressive boxers with great chins and their fights are very fan-friendly.

Froch did however beat Kessler quite convincingly in their last fight in 2013 so it would seem that the question as to who the better boxer is has been answered. Kessler appears a fighter who is on the decline and a similar result to the second fight is expected.

The third fight with Kessler would sell though. Fans love to see an old-fashioned scrap and that is what they would get from this fight. This could be a real possibility but one that I personally don’t want to see.

I have a huge amount of respect for Kessler but at this stage of Froch’s career I would like to see him taking on new challenges. This would also rule out a third fight with George Groves who following his win last weekend said that he would like to fight Froch again.
There really is no call for that fight to take place with Froch more than having settled the dispute in the last fight.

Other Options

Other possibilities could be the recently crowned WBC champion Anthony Direll or the winner of the Arthur Abraham versus Paul Smith fight this coming weekend. These seem much less likely options though and really Degale and Kessler appear the most likely options at this stage.

We will have to see how things unravel in the coming weeks but the 02 has been booked for the 31st of January and that appears the venue and date that ‘The Cobra’ will return.

Whatever Froch decides to do from now in up to him as his legacy is in place. He will always be remembered as a fine champion who fought the best out there time after time with great success. He has achieved things that most boxers could only dream of and he has to go down as a great of British boxing.

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