Former unified super middleweight world champion Carl Froch has insisted beyond any reasonable doubt that he would have knocked out Gennady Golovkin had a fight between the pair ever materialised.
Froch boasted that he would have ‘backed him up and smashed him to bits’ if the two were ever to do the business inside the ring.
Froch announced his retirement from the sport in 2014 after a highly publicised grudge rematch against George Groves, in which he won by an impressive knockout stoppage to put to bed any nay-sayers who felt his best years had passed him.
The vision Froch had to retire on top was complete.
Although being out of the ring for nearly a year at this point, the Brit had pondered the idea of one last showdown before riding off into the sunset for good.
Froch claims to have had either Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Golovkin in mind in what would have been a Stateside blockbuster.
The main stumbling block for Froch was ironing out the rather small matter of what weight he would be competing at had a fight between himself and Golovkin were to have happened.
Froch was comfortable at the weight division he had competed at throughout his career; Golovkin, the division below Froch, however, had consistently fought at the middleweight limit of 160lb.
The pair, unfortunately for fight fans, were unable to come to terms and so it was sadly not to be.
The former super middleweight champion went onto to tell ‘Fighting Podcast’, as per Daily Mail: “We were in talks with his manager. They were trying to get me down to 166-pounds.
“That doesn't sound like much weight, two-pounds below the [super middleweight] limit. I was a machine at super middleweight. I could not have lost another two-pounds and performed. They were just trying to drag me down that bit further.
“I just said, 'Look, let's make the fight and make it at super middleweight. You think you're too much for me, you'll back me up and knock me out, let's do it at super middleweight'. Don't forget I was out the ring, this was after I'd been retired a year, then the talks started to get a bit serious.
“They were just trying to drag me down to a weight division I wouldn't have been able to do it in. At the time when we were talking, I was 186-pounds, a lifetime heaviest. They were trying to drag me down even further and that's why the fight didn't happen.”
Froch has always maintained the opinion that Golovkin simply would not be able to handle his size and would ultimately be punished if they were both in the ring together.
Froch later added: “In my opinion I'd beat him up because I'm too big and too strong for him. I might be wrong, we'll never know, but I would back myself to be beat him.
"There will be a lot of people listening to this saying, 'No, no, no, load of b*******, Golovkin would beat you. Eventually Golovkin's power would tell, he'd land on you, he'd hurt you, break you down and stop you'.
"What I'd say to that is I've never been stopped; I've only ever been put down twice in my career and I got up to win both times.
“You can say either of us are a clear winner. I think I beat him by stoppage. I'd be hitting him that much, that hard. A little bit like the Lucian Bute fight, back him up to the ropes, back him up, smash him to bits, you know how I roll.
“What a great fight that would've been, and I'm man enough to admit I could've come unstuck. I could've got my nose broke; I could've got my eye cut and been blinded in one eye; I could've even got ironed out.
“I never think I'd be knocked out because I've been hit with some big, big shots in my career and I've felt them, but they never bothered me that much. I've never been flattened like Amir Khan, have I?”
Golovkin, on the other hand, should not by any means be underestimated.
He is revered by many as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet right now with only one defeat to his name as a pro.
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