Carl Froch is a former professional boxer. He was born Carl Martin Froch on 2 July 1977. Post-retirement, he has been working for Sky Sports as a boxing analyst and commentator.
During his boxing days, he was a multiple-time super-middleweight champion. The 44-year-old was also a former WBC title winner, and has also won the Lonsdale Belt and the Commonwealth and the English super-middleweight titles.
Age, weight and height
|Name||Carl Martin Froch|
|Date of birth||2 July 1977|
|Height||6’1″ (1.85 m)|
|Weight||76 kg (167.5 lbs)|
The 44-year-old is one of the best English boxers of all-time. In 2013, BBC named him as the best English boxer in the country, pound for pound.
His legacy and his career have inspired many young boxers from England to pursue their dreams. He is still active in the boxing scene, but it is analysis rather than active competition.
Early life and career
Froch was born in Colwick, a village situated in eastern Nottingham. He was born to Carol and Frank Froch. He started to pursue boxing from a young age, and his rise in the sport was absolutely meteoric.
Froch began his boxing career at the Phoenix ABC. He joined the amateur division, where he won a bronze medal and two ABA middleweight titles. He was in the division between 1999 and 2001.
Soon after the initial success, he turned pro. He had the great Robert McCracken as his trainer, who coached and prepared him for his career. His first pro fight was against Peter Manfredo Jr. in 2002, which he lost.
He debuted in the big league when he was 25 years of age. His first fight was against a 36-year-old boxer, and he won it in teh fourth round by technical knockout. That same year, he took three more victories, winning against Ojay Abrahams, Darren Covill, and Mike Duffield. He also beat countryman Paul Bomson by a points decision.
He began 2003 by knocking Valery Odin out and taking a crucial win. Many fights were contested by Froch, and he beat Varujan Davtyan and Michael Monaghan, the latter by knockout.
He then moved into championship territory, when he beat Jean Pascal for the WBC super middleweight title. The fight was brutal and stiff, and the most shocking bit was him fighting with a cracked rib and a perforated eardrum. Even though he was offered the chance to withdraw from the fight, he refused it and actually won via unanimous decision.
Since then, he has competed in many high profile bouts. He forced Arthur Abraham to renounce his WBC title after an eye injury, and then beat him in a rematch via disqualification. He then fought Groves in a blockbuster rematch clash, which sold out 60,000 tickets under an hour.
The match was so popular due to multiple reasons. Firstly, it was because the first match was controversial. Secondly, it was a battle between two of the best in the business. It was so popular that it became the biggest-ever match since the Second World War.
The fight between two strong boxers was more cagey business as compared to the first one. Froch started stronger in the early rounds, but Groves was giving his best. Both fighters survived till seven rounds. However, in the eighth round, Froch delivered a right-hand blow which knocked Groves out of the fight, making him the winner. The last blow that was landed on Groves was named Knockout of the Year by The Ring.
Froch is a family man, and has been happily married to Rachael for a long time. She is a British glamour model, and the couple looks very good together. He proposed to her in a boxing ring, and got married to her five years later.
They have three children together – a son named Rocco and two daughters named Natalia and Penelope. An interesting anecdote about their life is that they had Penelope when Froch was trying to pursue a career in football. He was trying to get into Nottingham, and had he gone with it, his career might have been very different.
In fact, Froch used to train at the Nottingham training ground before his fights. He even managed to appear on Soccer AM, which is Sky Sports’ premier football show, before a fight.
Rachael was born on 20 July, 1987, in Liverpool. She belongs to a white ethnicity. She is a devout Christian, and follows the words and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The model went to Bellerive FCJ Catholic College in Liverpool. She was academically competent, and loved to learn and study. Her sporting record was not exceptional, but she was still decent. She had a great talent to balance studies and extracurricular activities.
Rachael started modelling at the age of 20. She has been a star during her time on the ramp, and has appeared in some top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, ELLE Magazine and Vanity Fair. She briefly tried to pursue acting, but soon shifted her entire focus towards her current job. The association with Froch also helped boost her career.
Currently, however, Rachael is a homemaker, and the only external work she does is give interviews to fashion companies. She does an excellent job of running the household and taking care of her kids.
Carl’s fight against Groves was considered highly controversial. Both fighters were pulling great and heavy shots on one another.
During the ninth round, while Carl was landing heavy throws on Groves, many believed that Howard Foster, the referee of the match stepped in too early and prematurely.
After the fight, Carl claimed that he is up for a rematch at any point in time.