Carl Froch has been stripped of his WBA title and promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that the ‘Cobra’ may not fight again as he considers retirement.
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Froch hasn’t been in the ring since that memorable knockout win over George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium last May, but he has regularly discussed his plans for the future.
An elbow injury sidelined him earlier this year when he was due to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in a dream bout for the Nottingham-born fighter, but then the Mexican lost his last fight and is no longer in the running.
As a result, it has left Froch with a difficult decision to make as it is unclear what his next step will be. Having vacated his IBF title a few months ago, he has now been forced to give up his WBA belt, although they arguably don’t mean much at this stage of his career.
“We have no problem with the decision from the WBA. Carl has been out of the ring for nearly a year now and there is certainly no guarantee that he will fight again,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
Hearn added that they understand the governing body want their champion to be active, and after Andre Ward opted to face Paul Smith in June ahead of a possible bout with Froch, they were left with no choice as the 37-year-old continues to recover from his elbow issue.
Nevertheless, while Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm will now clash for the WBA title in Germany this weekend, Hearn suggested that there will be an announcement in the next week or so on Froch’s future with retirement looking like a real possibility.