Carl Martin Froch was born on 2 July 1977 (44 years old) and is a British former professional boxer. He has been in the sport from 2002 to 2014.

Since his retirement, he has been working as a boxing analyst and commentator for Sky Sports.

Between 2008 and 2011, he carried multiple super-middleweight world championships along with winning the WBC title twice.

At the provincial level, he won several titles including the Commonwealth and the English super-middleweight titles.

In 2006, Carl also won the Lonsdale Belt.

As an amateur in the middleweight section, he won a bronze medal during the 2001 World Championships. He has also won the ABA title two times.

Carl is 6 feet 1 inch tall and he weighs 76 kgs. 

On Boxee, a website dedicated to holding updated records of amateur and professional boxers of both genders, Carl was voted Fighter of the Year for 2012.

They also ranked him as the third greatest British fighter in the history of boxing.

In 2013. Carl was voted Sportsman of the Year by GQ magazine in the UK edition. 

Early and personal life

Carl Martin Froch was born in Colwick, a village situated in eastern Nottingham.

He is the son of Carol and Frank Froch. His patrilineal grandfather also had German ancestry.

Carl’s mother’s family is a fan of Johnny Cash.

Rachael Froch, his wife, is a British glamour model and the couple has a son, Rocco, and a daughter, Natalia, together.

They also had their third child, a daughter, Penelope when Carl attempted a career in football with Nottingham’s local team.

Carl particularly used to train at its training ground before the fights. A week before one particular fight, Carl also got the opportunity to appear on the Sky Sports Show, Soccer AM.

Carl has publicly announced that he believes in a flat Earth on several occasions. 

Career

In Gedling (northeast), Nottingham, Carl began his boxing career at the Phoenix ABC.

Between 1999 and 2001, in the amateur division, he won two ABA middleweight titles and a bronze medal.

His first pro fight was against an American fighter, Peter Manfredo Jr. in March 2002. However, he lost the fight against him.

When Carl began his professional career, he was lucky enough to have Robert McCracken as his trainer, who trained him throughout his career.

His manager and promoter was Mick Hennessy who managed him until 2011. After that, he has been managed and promoted by Eddie Hearn.

He was 25 years old when he made his debut. His fight was against a 36-year-old journeyman, which he won in the fourth round by a technical knockout.

In the same year, he won three more fights which he fought against Ojay Abrahams, Darren Covill, and Mike Duffield.

He also won a fight against Paul Bomson, a retired British cruiserweight boxer. Carl won this fight by a points decision.

In 2003, he started his year with a win against Valery Odin which was a knockout win.

In the coming months, he participated in several fights and won against Varujan Davtyan, a knockout win against Michael Monaghan.

For the WBC super-middleweight title, Carl fought against Jean Pascal, a Canadian professional boxer (Pascal has since become a light-heavyweight champion).

In the fight, both fighters exchanged heavy blows, huge shots, and both equally showed enormous courage and persistence.

Before the fight, Carl had a cracked rib and a perforated eardrum.

Mick Hennessey, his manager, allowed him to withdraw from the fight, which he quickly refused. The hard-fought twelve rounds between them brought the result in the favor of Carl and due to unanimous decision, he won the fight.

In the third stage of Helsinki in Finland, his fight was against Arthur Abraham, a german former IBF middleweight champion.

Carl was afraid of receiving an unfavorable decision considering he was fighting Abraham in his own country.

However, after an eye injury, Abraham renounced his WBC title and resigned from the tournament.

Carl got another opportunity to fight him in stage two of the Super Six. Abraham lost the match after a disqualification.

After a deadly first and not-so-justified fight between Carl and Groves, it was announced by Eddie Hearn that a rematch will take place in Wembley Stadium on 31 May 2014.

This match had been in the interest of many people and as a result, 60,000 tickets for this match were sold in under an hour. Since the second world war, this match was the biggest ever attended. 

The fight between two strong boxers was more cagey business as compared to the first one.

Carl started stronger in the early rounds but Groves was giving his best.

Both fighters survived till seven rounds. However, in the eighth round, Carl delivered a right-hand blow which knocked Groves out of the fight and made Carl the winner.

The last blow that was landed on Groves was named Knockout of the Year by The Ring.  

Controversy

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.

Real nameCarl Martin Froch
NicknameThe Cobra
WeightSuper-middleweight
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Born2 July 1977
Age44
NationalityBritish

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