George Groves thinks that Carl Froch could be persuaded out of retirement to fight Gennady Golovkin.
Froch has not fought since his triumph over Groves at Wembley Stadium over two and a half years ago.
According to Groves, a fight between the 39-year-old Froch and Kazakh Golovkin is not beyond the realms of possibility.
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Groves told Press Association Sport: “If Eddie Hearn turned to Carl Froch and said: “We’ve got the O2 Arena, you can fight Golovkin in 2017 on Pay-Per-View…
“If I was a gambling man I’d say Carl Froch would take that fight.”
It has long been speculated that Froch has been in Golovkin’s sight for a while. Middleweight Golovkin is third in the world’s pound-for-pound rankings and regarded as one of boxing’s finest punchers.
Froch is a super-middleweight and would hold a significant size advantage.
Despite this, Golovkin’s undefeated record and claiming 32 knockouts in his 35 bouts would make him the favourite.
Froch has suffered only two defeats in his professional career, against Mikkel Kessler and the undefeated Andre Ward.
Groves believes that if the deal was right, Froch would be seriously tempted. “If he thinks he can do a decent job and earn money out of it, I’m sure he’d be tempted.
“It’s up to Carl, whatever he’s thinking and feeling. You look at him as a fighter: gritty, strong, decent punch power. That stuff you don’t lose with age, necessarily.”
Groves also thinks that Froch would fancy his chances rather than just turning up for one last pay out.
“He’s probably looking at Golovkin and thinking ‘this dude hits hard but he’s actually small’, he’s fighting welterweights - Kell Brook - and under-performing in that, Brook gave him a torrid time in one of those rounds.”
Golovkin is due to return to the United Kingdom in 2017, with Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. being lined up as potential contenders.
With Froch’s name now being touted, all eyes are firmly on promoter Eddie Hearn to see what has up his sleeve.
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