We are annoying emeffers, at times, the way we try and goad them into coming back.
It's weird, how we are always asking them, after they hang up the gloves, if and when they are un-retiring.
Can't we just let the boxers be, and not always be asking men, like Carl Froch, if and when he'll fight again?
Maybe it's a compliment…I think usually it is.
Froch was a willing warrior who took on the sternest tests with no drama, and gave a solid account of himself all the time. In other words, he was a pro's pro and who wouldn't want a guy like that continue to rep the sport, and continue to give us a good bang for our buck…
Froch is 39, and has, or had, a 33-2 record. He fought from 2002 to May 2014, and has resisted coming back. I saw him in NY, in Brooklyn, doing TV work for the James “Chunky” DeGale v Badou Jack tango, and damn, he looks more fit than a fiddle. And I told him so Friday, as we waited for the weigh in to start.
We both tried to figure out the stone to pound exchange and I failed. I think he said he walks around at about 190, but, again, he looks like he could get down to super middle in a week.
So, anyway, would he, will he fight again? When was he really tempted to do it again?
“I wasn't,” he told me.
Nope, he said, he's over it. Yes, he dug fight night. Nothing like that buzz. But the getting to that point….”I don't miss it,” he admitted, the drudgery of the training.
So, no, not even to try to give Gennady Golovkin a rude welcome to 168 in what would be a super-fight in England? “No,” he re-declared. Not even close, he reiterated.
Safe to say, as safe as we can get in these cases, that I think we will not again see Mr Froch in the short pants and boxing boots. Not unless it's on YouTube…