Froch to fight in Nottingham on May 5

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Opinion

Following on from talks about a two-fight ‘home and away’ deal with Lucian Bute, Carl Froch has begun to prepare for the final leg of his career by announcing a May 5 date against a “top 10 opponent”.

The “Cobra” believes he has no more than two years remaining in a career that has seen  him capture ‘world’ titles on two occasions – but most recently was punctured by the disappointment of a comprehensive loss to the undefeated Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six.

While the jam-packed super-middleweight division offers plenty of opportunity for Froch, the Nottingham boxer is likely to pick only a ‘decent’ name for his home-town fight before a summer re-match with Mikkel Kessler – who inflicted his first career defeat – or Bute.

The first name which sprung to my mind after hearing the news was a former Bute victim, Librado Andrade. He has a 30-4 record but has lost three of his past six, including a 12-round points decision and a fourth-round knockout, both to Bute.

Froch needs to look good and regain some confidence following the Ward disappointment, and this is plainly a tune-up fight. His other options, in general, don’t appear to fit at this point. James DeGale and George Groves are busy enough progressing in their careers and Froch is at a point where domestic wars carry more risk than reward. Anthony Dirrell is, at this point, simply too dangerous.

Dimitri Sartison would be the other option – and this could come to fruition-  but whatever the opponent, all eyes will turn to whatever summer offerings Froch is a part of. A comprehensive defeat to either Bute or Kessler could then bring forward the end of a career in which the Cobra has fought, and earnt, plenty of respect. Let’s hope he can stretch it further than this summer.

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