Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he believes super-middleweight star and client Carl Froch should now retire rather than be forced to quit.
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The 37-year-old hasn’t fought since knocking out George Groves in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium last May, with an elbow injury preventing him from realising his life-long dream of fighting in Las Vegas earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the list of possible opponents doesn’t appear to be motivating the ‘Cobra’ enough at this stage, and so Hearn believes that it is becoming more and more likely that he will retire.
“If you haven’t got that desire anymore, he wouldn’t be the same fighter,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“We saw it against George Groves in the first fight, his heart wasn’t really in the fight, he took a pasting for parts of that fight. So unless there’s a fight that motivates him I don’t really want to see him in the ring again.”
Hearn added that a bout with Andre Ward was seemingly the most realistic at one stage, but that doesn’t do enough for Froch to ensure that he trains hard enough and has the desire to get back in the ring at 100 percent.
Meanwhile, Froch was stripped of his WBA title last week after failing to make a defence of it in almost a year, while he chose to vacate his IBF belt back in January which has ultimately paved the way for James DeGale to get a title shot against Andre Dirrell in Boston on May 23.
Nevertheless, while it would still make money and be a significant event in the UK if the Nottingham-born fighter returned to the ring later this year, Hearn insisted that he is thinking as a friend and would rather see Froch go out on his accord rather than losing in underwhelming fashion and being forced to retire instead.