Carl Froch hasdenied rumours that he would come out of retirement to take on Gennady Golovkin and says the middleweight kingpin should take on Andre Ward if he wants to be considered a Hall of Famer.
Froch's name had been thrown around in the conversation for GGG's next opponent amongst various media sources over the past week but the 39-year-old Englishman swiftly put those rumours to bed saying:
"Honestly, I don't know why there is all this speculation that I am going to fight Golovkin because I've not spoken to Eddie Hearn or Tom Loeffler," he said, via Sky Sports.
"I've just seen what everybody else has seen on Twitter and YouTube, but I am amazed they keep bringing my name up.
"I am nearly 40 years old, I've been retired for two-and-a-half years. I just think they should pick on someone else."
Former Froch opponent George Groves was one of a few people to suggest the former world champion could be lured out of retirement to take on the fearsome Kazakh, but despite his optimistic outlook on his chances against GGG, Froch didn't seem to be budging on his retired status.
He added in his column for Sky Sports: "Here and now, I'd beat Golovkin. I'm too big for him but it's not happening.
"Golovkin needs to fight somebody. He's not going to become a Hall of Famer if he doesn't fight anybody.
"If Golovkin wants to fight the best - and after talking about moving up to somewhere near super-middleweight or even 171-172lbs when my negotiations with him took place over a year ago - I am sure Andre Ward could make that weight.
"That fight would be one of those where they could say 'now Golovkin is fighting someone credible'. If he wants to talk about being the best, then he needs to fight the best. So if Ward beats Kovalev that is a fight I would certainly love to see."
Despite suggesting Golovkin should fight Ward, the only unavenged defeat on Froch's record, he doesn't see the Kazakh faring any better than he did.
"I will tell you now, Golovkin will get a shock and he'd get beat by Andre Ward."
Ward takes on fellow unbeaten world champion Sergey Kovalev this weekend in one of the biggest fights of the year.