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Carl Froch retires as one of British boxing greats, says Ricky Hatton

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Four-time world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has announced his retirement from boxing.

Rumours surrounding Froch's future have been spreading since his last fight in May 2014 when he knocked out George Groves to retain his WBF and IBF titles.

There were options available to Froch if he wanted one more fight however at the age of 38, he feels he has nothing more to prove.

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When speaking to BBC Sport, Froch said:

"I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself. I'm incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves."

"It wasn't an easy decision but it wasn't as difficult as people might think."

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"I turned 38 last week. My joints and bones are aching. If the desire was there, I could fight again but there's nothing motivating me.

"I've got nothing left to prove and I'm bowing out at the top."

Before Froch came to this decision, he was pondering fighting middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin.

Missed opportunities?

Golovkin, who boasts a perfect record of 33 wins in 33 fights with 30 of them wins coming by knockout, was keen to fight Froch so may be disappointed to hear the news of his retirement.

A fight with Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Vegas was also on the cards for Froch in March of this year. However, Froch had to pull out of the fight due to an elbow injury which forced him to vacate his IBF super-middleweight belt.

Froch always had ambitions to fight in Vegas which he never managed to secure, one of the only possible regrets that he could have now he has retired.

One of the greats

There is no doubt Froch is one of the greatest fighters that Britain has ever produced. Retiring with a record of 33-2 and with 24 of those wins coming by way of knockout, Froch will leave behind a legacy in British boxing that will be remembered for many years to come.

Fellow former British boxer Ricky Hatton has had his say on Carl Froch after hearing the news about his retirement.

Hatton told Sky Sports: "Froch has to be up there with one of the best we've had.

"From my point of view, he's what makes boxing good. He took on allcomers and didn't shy away from a challenge. We've had champions who have won their title and chosen a few little easy defences. Froch boxed in the Super Six and then took on Lucian Bute.

The Manchester born former fighter also saw similarities to his own career when looking back at Froch's

"He's similar to me - when I beat Tszyu, my next fight was Carlos Maussa for a world title, then up a weight to fight Luis Collazo for a world title then back down to fight Juan Urango for another world title.

"Carl Froch is made of the same stuff. He's what makes us proud to be British and boxing fans love him because he's got that no-fear factor and will fight anyone."

After a phenomenal boxing career, Carl Froch will now hang up his gloves and become a boxing pundit for Sky Sports, something that with his charisma and straight-talking attitude, he will no doubt thrive at.

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