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What’s it like to spar with Carl Froch? – video

Guardian sport’s Gregg Bakowski faces a few rounds of body sparring with Carl Froch at his hometown gym, the Phoenix Boxing Gym in Nottingham. Gregg tests his limited boxing craft on the former world champion, trying to landed a body blow on the former…

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Celebrating boxing’s greatest fight nights in Britain

As Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko prepare to fight at Wembley, here are other classic encounters to have taken place on British soil – from Henry Cooper against Muhammad Ali to Barry McGuigan, Nigel Benn and Carl Froch

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Celebrating boxing’s greatest fight nights in Britain

As Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko prepare to fight at Wembley, here are other classic encounters to have taken place on British soil – from Henry Cooper against Muhammad Ali to Barry McGuigan, Nigel Benn and Carl Froch

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James DeGale: ‘The fear is very real … I’m scared of failing, I’m scared to lose’

IBF world super-middleweight champion speaks before his unification fight with Badou Jack about how fear of failure will inspire him in a year that could net him £10m

“This could be a £10m year for me,” says James DeGale soon after he has ambled downstairs wearing nothing but his underpants. At home in Hertfordshire, DeGale is so confident that an hour later he’s still just in his skimpy briefs as he polishes off a bowl of porridge whipped up by his mum, Diane. The IBF world super‑middleweight champion puffs out his bare chest and counts off his possible world title fights this year, snapping a finger at each name.

“Badou Jack … Callum Smith … George Groves … that could make me 10 million,” DeGale says as his eyes widen.

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Money might tempt Carl Froch but Gennady Golovkin fight doesn’t add up | Kevin Mitchell

Froch is 39, he’s been retired for 30 months and only Canelo Álvarez can offer Golovkin the career defining fight he craves before he hangs up his own gloves

There are several reasons Carl Froch would come out of retirement to fight the most dangerous opponent he could imagine, Gennady Golovkin.

And, without even reading between the lines of the latest rumours, you already know what they are: the noughts on whatever upright digit the middleweight champion’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, comes up with. I’m guessing it would have to at least look as pretty as this for the former super-middleweight champion: £2,000,000.

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Sports quiz of the week: Raheem Sterling, Carl Froch and the Open

This week’s quiz enjoyed the Wimbledon finals, waited for Raheem Sterling to make his move, waved goodbye to Carl Froch and said hello to the Home of Golf

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Where does Carl Froch rank among the great British boxers? Near the top

Froch was under-appreciated throughout the vast majority of his stellar career but, with the Cobra’s venom finally dried up, we will miss him now he’s gone

By Paul Gibson for The Balls of Wrath, part of the Guardian Sport Network

There could be no complaints this time. The referee didn’t even bother taking up the count; Charlie Fitch was jumping in before George Groves’ body had come to a complete rest on the canvas floor. We could all see the left leg folded under his body and the right arm hanging listlessly on the bottom rope, but Fitch could see more. He could see into the boxer’s eyes. The challenger was gone, the fight was over, and Carl Froch had retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight belts by way of vicious eighth-round knockout.

Little did we know that this savage overhand right would be Froch’s final punch. After 13 years as a professional in the toughest sport in the world, the four-time world super-middleweight champion has announced his retirement from boxing. With a final hurrah in Las Vegas failing to materialise, the fire in the belly is all but extinguished. Put simply, the Cobra’s venom has finally dried up.

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Carl Froch’s career – in pictures

As Carl Froch announces that he’s hanging up his gloves, we take a look back at the four-time world super middleweight champion’s time in the ring

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Carl Froch, the Cobra who just loved fighting | Kevin Mitchell

Super-middleweight champion will be remembered for world title bouts against best 12st fighters in a career as gilded as that of any British boxer of past decade

Carl Froch will not miss the physical and spiritual grind of his calling, nor the aggravation that comes with the deal-making and -breaking, the spats and feuds, that create as much rancour as money – although he was pretty good at that, too. He will enjoy more time with his long-time partner Rachael Cordingley (they will marry soon) and their children, Rocco and Natalia.

But what Froch will miss, without doubt, is hitting people with ferocious intent. As his friend and trainer of 13 years, Rob McCracken, said of the world super-middleweight champion who confirmed on Tuesday the retirement that had been coming for a while, “Carl is a throwback. He just loves fighting.”

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Carl Froch retires to bring curtain down on glittering boxing career

  • Calls time on 35-fight career, 33 of which he won
  • ‘I have nothing left to prove,’ 38-year-old says

Four-time world super middleweight champion Carl Froch has announced he is retiring from boxing. Nicknamed The Cobra, Froch twice won the WBC title, as well as the WBA and IBF belts, during a highly successful career.

Froch won 33 of his 35 fights, with 24 of those coming by knock-out. He defeated arch-rival George Groves in a Wembley Stadium re-match which turned out to be his final fight in May of last year.

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Carl Froch loses WBA super-middleweight belt after failing to defend title

• British boxer has not fought since beating George Groves last May
• Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm to fight for vacant title
• Froch vacates IBF world title, clearing way for James DeGale
• DeGale out win over fans in world title fight with Dirrell

The British boxer Carl Froch has been stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt because of a failure to defend his title since last May.

The WBA says Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm will fight for the vacant title on 9 May in Germany. Froch has not fought since beating George Groves in an all-British bout at Wembley Stadium on 31 May. Since then, an attempted fight with Julio César Chávez Jr in Las Vegas fell through.

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Andre Ward opens door for Carl Froch rematch in UK – but not Nottingham

• Ward open to idea of facing Froch at Wembley
• ‘The UK is one thing, Nottingham is something different’
• Amir Khan says he ‘would love’ to fight Kell Brook

The American super-middleweight Andre Ward has opened the door to a UK-based rematch with Carl Froch but is unwilling to travel to his rival’s home city of Nottingham.

The WBA has ordered a second meeting between its regular world champion, Froch, and Ward, who holds its “Super World” title. The 31-year-old Californian turned in a typically masterful display of slick defence and astute attack to outpoint Froch in their December 2011 meeting for the WBC and WBA crowns in Atlantic City.

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Carl Froch vacates IBF world title, clearing way for James DeGale

• Froch steps aside due to struggle with elbow injury
• Decision gives DeGale a chance at the world title
• ‘I didn’t want to hold James up … I hope he can win it’
• 37-year-old Froch denies talk of retirement

Carl Froch has opted to vacate his IBF super-middleweight crown – leaving the door open for compatriot James DeGale to fight for the title in the coming months.

DeGale became the mandatory challenger for the IBF strap when he defeated Brandon Gonzales on the undercard of the Froch-Groves re-match at Wembley Stadium.

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Carl Froch vacates IBF world title, clearing way for James DeGale

• Froch steps aside due to struggle with elbow injury
• Decision gives DeGale a chance at the world title
• ‘I didn’t want to hold James up … I hope he can win it’
• 37-year-old Froch denies talk of retirement

Carl Froch has vacated his IBF super-middleweight title – leaving the door open for his compatriot James DeGale to fight for the title in the coming months.

DeGale became the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt when he defeated Brandon Gonzales on the undercard of the Froch-Groves re-match at Wembley Stadium.

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Carl Froch denies retirement talk after elbow injury delays Chávez Jr fight

• 37-year-old suffers elbow injury in training
• Fight was scheduled for March but delayed until the summer
• Froch had sparked retirement rumours with social media post
• Froch in quit threat unless he fights Chávez in Vegas

Carl Froch has moved to quash rumours of retirement despite a delay in his next fight against Julio César Chávez Jr due to an elbow injury.

The 37-year-old was set to return to the ring against Chávez in Las Vegas in March but the fight will now not take place until summer at the earliest.

Something nice about this picture….. pic.twitter.com/yN66tAhuDM

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Carl Froch in quit threat unless he fights Julio César Chávez Jr in Vegas

Britain’s double world champion and the veteran of 35 fights says it’s Las Vegas or bust, with or without pay per view

It seems Julio César Chávez Jr – the talented if unpredictable son of a legend who is currently tangled up in an interminable contractual bun-fight with his promoter, Bob Arum – is the only opponent who can prolong the career of Carl Froch.

Froch, a double-belt world champion, is adamant he does not want his next fight to be against his mandatory IBF challenger, James DeGale, his former conqueror Andre Ward or George Groves, whom he has stopped twice. He wants only Chávez – and only in Las Vegas.

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Carl Froch confident of securing bout with Julio César Chávez Jr

• ‘It’s nearly there and I’m very optimistic’
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BBC Sports Personality of the Year – live!

7.20pm GMT

Preamble “Congratulations. Well done. Nice one, mate. Played sir, chap, fella, geezer. Buddy, mucker, pal. Dude.”

“Cheers, ta, thanks, much appreciated, appreciate it. Aw shucks, you shouldn’t, team effort, it’s nothing. I just threw it on.”

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The missing generation of boxers

Why did so many of the fighters that emerged in the early 2000s fail to dislodge Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Wladimir Klitschko and Bernard Hopkins to become all-time greats? Continue reading…

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 2014: who should win? – poll

Rory McIlroy, Lewis Hamilton and Gareth Bale are the bookies’ favourites but who do you think should win the annual award?
• Why McIlroy should win the Sports Personality award award
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