By James Slater: Thought it would undeniably be a big deal and likely a sell-out event in the U.K, former two-time WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch says he will NOT be moving up in weight to fight reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) 175-pound boss Nathan Cleverly. “Clev’s” promoter, Frank Warren, recently spoke about the potential fight, saying he would sign the Welshman up for it “in a heartbeat.”
However, “The Cobra,” beaten in his last fight by the undefeated Andre Ward, has quashed the fight, saying he sees it as “boring.” Froch correctly feels he has unfinished business at 168-pounds, and he is eager to get it on with the likes of Lucian Bute and, in a rematch, Mikkell Kessler.
“Nobody’s interested in talk about me stepping up to light-heavyweight to fight Nathan Cleverly,” Froch stated. “It’s boring. There’s big fights for me – Mikkel Kessler, Lucian Bute. There’s more names I could roll off the tongue that would make people interested.”
Froch, who went on to say, also correctly, that he “never has easy fights” (an understatement if ever there was one when we consider Froch’s last seven opponents: Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson, Ward!), said he doesn’t think he’ll ever get a return fight with the man known as “S.O.G.”
“I don’t think anyone’s ever going to beat him,” Froch said of Ward. “There’s no excuses, he beat me on the night. If I had a rematch with him tactically it would be a totally different fight. I can’t see it happening to be honest, but you never know.”
The next step for Froch is said to be a planned home fight in the U.K, maybe in Nottingham in early May, against a top-10 ranked name. Then, if the 34-year-old future Hall of Famer gets his way, he will be rumbling with either Bute or Kessler – or, knowing Froch, both of them!