Four-time world super-middleweight champion boxer Carl Froch has finally decided to hang up his gloves and after a highly successful career one moment in particular stands out.
The rematch with George Groves promised much, but the ferocity of the knock-out blow took many by surprise. It stunned the 80,000 strong crowd inside Wembley and the thousands more watching on TV.
As Groves lay on the canvas, barely aware of his surroundings, Carl Froch bounced around the ring, having completed a truly professional display of boxing. There were no questions over who had deserved to win second time around.
It turns out that punch was his final one in the ring. Froch leaves boxing after winning 33 of 35 fights – 24 by knockout – and now looks set for a role as a ringside commentator.
I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself.
Only Mikkel Kessler in 2010 and American Andre Ward in 2011 can claim victory in the ring against the man named The Cobra, although Froch beat the Dane in a rematch several years later.
Indeed, Carl Froch carried the title of WBC, WBA, and IBF super-middleweight champion during his career, as well as being former English, British and Commonwealth champion. That’s not a bad set of honours!
I'm officially retired from Boxing. So much to say & so many people to thank. But for now, I just want to say THANK YOU to my amazing fans.
— Carl Froch MBE (@Carl_Froch) July 14, 2015
Froch will certainly be remembered by those in boxing, and many more besides.