Carl Froch Doc of the Week

Carl Froch

One of the greatest British boxers of all time, Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch is a four-time world champion in the super-middleweight division. This documentary traces his remarkable career and goes behind the scenes in his personal and private life as the Nottingham-born fighter discusses his influences and ambitions. eir sport 1, Mon, Jan 15h 21.30

Froch announced his retirement from the ring in early 2015, almost a year after he knocked-out compatriot and bitter rival George Groves in a rematch at Wembley Stadium. But, as is the case with so many fighters who call time on their careers, there was no unfinished business with Froch. With two WBC titles to add to his WBA and IBF belts, he had fought the best in his division and beaten them all. He finished with 33 wins from his 35 fights, with 24 of those coming by knock-out.

Part of the Sport Life Stories series, this documentary includes lengthy contributions from Froch himself, his partner Rachael Cordingley, coach Rob McCracken and various boxing experts, including former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan.


McCracken speaks of Froch’s great potential in his early years and how he gained in self-confidence after turning professional in 2002.
“It’s an incredible story and it’s been an incredible journey of somebody who just finally got a bit of belief in himself, wasn’t overly confident when he started the journey, got that belief through hard work and dedication, and then just reached for the stars and got there,” he says.

Early life


The documentary offers a unique insight into Froch’s early years as he describes what it was like growing up with a father in prison. An avid Nottingham Forest fan since early childhood, he still makes regular trips to the City Ground.


By his own admission, Froch started out as a nervous fighter. Perhaps it was the result of his early experiences, but it wasn’t until he met McCracken that he began to achieve his full potential as a fighter, with one pundit remarking: “I think Rob McCracken knows what makes Carl tick. He understands him as a man, he understands him as a fighter, and they get on tremendously well, they’re like brothers.”

Froch earned his first world title belt in December 2008 after beating Canadian Jean Pascal over 12 rounds for the vacant WBC super-middleweight crown. It was later revealed that the Englishman had sustained a perforated ear drum and cracked rib during his final sparring session but had refused to withdraw from the fight.


McCracken and Froch suffered their first defeat in April 2010 against Dane Mikkel Kessler on points. It was a close decision and he immediately called for a rematch. It took three years to finalise but eventually happened in May 2013 in front of 20,000 fans at London’s O2 Arena. Froch had won both the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in the meantime, but he considers the second Kessler fight as the defining moment of his career.

“I could feel the nerves, I was feeling the fear, so I was loving it,” he said. “I’ve shared 24 rounds of boxing with that man. Gentleman, warrior, tough man he is. I’ve hit him on numerous occasions, but he just licked his lips, smiled at me and came back for more.”

Groves

Froch is less generous with his praise when it comes to George Groves, his opponent for the final two fights of his career.Groves had been calling him out in a less than gentlemanly manner for some time and then angered his prospective opponent further by sparring with Kessler prior to their O2 rematch. The animosity continued all the way up to the fight in November which Froch won by technical knock-out in the ninth round.


It was a controversial decision and a rematch was hastily arranged for the following May at Wembley Stadium. It was the biggest boxing event in Britain since the Second World War, attracting 80,000 fans. Despite being knocked down in the first round, Froch responded and knocked his opponent out with a single blow in the ninth.

It turned out to be the final punch of an illustrious career and one that, Froch reveals, was the most satisfying of all. “I exorcised my demons when that right hand landed on the jaw... It was the most satisfying punch I’ve ever landed,” he said.

On his legacy, he says simply: “That’s a man who will fight anybody, anywhere in the world - take them on and do himself proud.” It’s a more than fair assessment.

Images: Getty

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