Former unified middleweight and light-heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins has launched a scathing verbal attack on Carl Froch, in an attempt to draw the Nottingham native into a summer superfight.
The oldest world title holder of all time, who recently lost his belts in a landslide defeat at the hands of Sergey Kovalev, believes Nottingham’s Carl Froch is “looking for the easy way out”.
Froch recently ruled out a potential showdown with the now 50-year-old Bernard Hopkins, describing the matchup as a “lose-lose situation”. Hopkins has decided to respond on Twitter last weekend, but it remains to be seen what the response is on the other side of the pond.
Expect a strong response
Hopkins gave Froch both barrels on social media, insisting that instead of chasing a Las Vegas showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. he should step up and face the Executioner before he retires.
Fans of the ageless man who also has a special 'Alien' moniker responded, with one retweeted agreeing: “Somebody got in his ear and said: don’t underestimate Bernard, because Bernard is always good at redeeming himself after a loss and coming back strong.”
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Froch vs. Hopkins makes a lot of sense for both men
After a career-defining brutal knock-out victory against George Groves last May, the 37 year old Froch stated he has one goal left to accomplish before he hangs up his gloves and walks away from the sport. A fight in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada, is what he desires, although injury has temporarily put that ambition on the backburner.
In the months after Froch’s Wembley win the word coming from his promotional team at Matchroom boxing was the Cobra was to face off against the son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez. Chavez Jr however has frequently struggled with his weight and it now seems this fight will not happen.
With Froch stuck for an opponent in the super middleweight division likely to capture the attention of the American market, a fight against Hopkins- who has shown his desire to move down in weight would seemingly make a lot of sense. The self-proclaimed Alien will certainly pack out any arena in Las Vegas!
WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward is the only other man residing in the 168 pound division likely to draw a crowd in Vegas and with Froch completely dominated in the pairs first meeting it’s unlikely this rematch will come to fruition.
For Hopkins, this fight gives the chance for redemption. The veteran fighter will get the opportunity to prove to the world, once again, he is worthy of a place at the top of the sport after a punishing loss to undefeated Sergey Kovalev. If Froch and Hopkins do square off the American will also have a chance to become a 3 division world champion, surprisingly Hopkins has never won a world title in the 168 pound division.
Will It happen though?
It would be easy to say this fight will not happen after reading Froch’s comments, however the Nottingham man has very few other options if he wants to bow out in Las Vegas.
The last time a top British World Champion called curtains on his career in Las Vegas it was Joe Calzaghe - a man Carl Froch spent large parts of his early career calling out.
Wouldn't it just be a typical sports story if Froch’s career ends in the same place as arch rival Calzaghe, and ends against Hopkins, a man who provided Calzaghe arguably his toughest test in the Welshman's penultimate fight.