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Carl Froch (July 2, 1977, Nottingham, England) is an English professional boxer, current unified champion of the IBF and the WBA, in addition to being a two-time world weight champion supermediano of the WBC. He was considered by The Ring magazine as one of the best boxers pound for pound.
Froch started boxing at his home in Colwick, Nottingham when he was 9 years old. As an amateur he won two middleweight titles in 1999 and 2001 from the Amateur English Boxing Association (ABA). He also won the bronze medal at the 2001 Amateur World Championship.
He debuted as a professional in the year 2002 being his first fights at York Hall in London. His debut was against his compatriot Michael Pinnock, who won by a Technical KO in the fourth round.
With a record of 10-0, he got his first chance at the super middleweight England title against Alan Page. The match was held in Derbyshire and Froch won by way of the knockout in the seventh round.
After reaping his victory, he left the title looking for new challenges. He continued his career achieving great victories that were accompanied by championships, such as the British Championship that snatched Damon Hague on September 24, 2004. Previously he won the championship of the Commonwealth of Nations, a belt he successfully defended four times until leaving vacant .
It would not be until December 6, 2008 when he would have his first opportunity for a world championship, the vanguard belt of the World Boxing Council. He faced the Canadian Jean Pascal, in the National Ice Center, of his native Nottingham. After a hard fight agreed to 12 rounds, Froch prevailed by a unanimous decision.After the fight it was revealed that Froch had suffered a perforation of the eardrum and a broken rib in his last training session before the fight. After the fight both contenders became personal friends making a promise to fight again in the future.
His first defense of the championship achieved would be against Jermain Taylor in 2009. The fight was on American lands at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. Froch had to recover from a fall in the third round, and also had two of the three judges’ cards before the last round. When less than 30 seconds remained before the end of the bout, Froch threw a hail of blows on Taylor who had already fallen to the canvas previously in the last round, seeing the referee forced to stop the bout, beating Carl for a Technical KO. The fight, Froch verbally challenged the undefeated Joe Calzaghe, in a fight that would never take place because of the Welshman’s withdrawal.
Super Six World Boxing Classic
His next defense was his first match in the Super Six World Boxing Classic against Andre Dirrell. Froch won the bout for a split decision, with two cards from the Froch judges for 115-112 and the other card had a 114-113 result for Dirrell. There is some controversy over the outcome of this fight since many commentators had Dirrell as the final winner on their cards.
Froch’s next fight was against Mikkel Kessler, who lost the super middleweight title of the World Boxing Association (WBA) to Andre Ward, while Froch’s title was at stake. The fight was played in Kessler’s home country, in Denmark at the MCH Arena. Both fighters had great actions in combat, but finally the winner was Kessler who beat him by unanimous decision with cards in favor of Mikkel of 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111. Froch said later that if the fight had been held in Nottingham it would have been favorable to English.
In his third fight in the tournament he faced the German Arthur Abraham in Helsinki. Due to a Kessler injury that forced him to abandon both the tournament and the championship, both fighters fought for the title that Kessler vacated. Froch was exhibited from beginning to end of the fight clearly winning the German, recovering the previously lost championship. The judges’ cards were 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108, all in favor of Froch.
Already in the final phase of the Super Six tournament, he faced Glen Johnson on June 4, 2011 in the semifinals of the tournament. During the first rounds, Johnson pressed Froch to stop the attacks with blows against him and a better set of legs. Froch won by a majority decision of the judges with cards of 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114. Froch criticized the Japanese judge Nobuaki Uratani, who was the one who pointed out the technical draw of both contenders.
On December 17, 2011 he faced Andre Ward in the Super Six tournament final. The titles of both were in game, reason why the winner would take the championships of the WBC and the WBA, more the glass of the match. The fight was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ward took the fight and the title after winning by a clear majority decision.
Bute vs. Froch
The bout took place on May 26, 2012, at Nottingham Arena, United Kingdom. During the fight Froch dominated slightly in the first and second round; from the third he connected Bute with powerful blows, which made the Romanian boxer look bad from then until the fifth round, where the judge had to tell him standing up; Apparently it was believed that the referee had stopped the fight and Froch’s promoter came in to congratulate his boxer, but then realized that they were only telling the Romanian, but at the same time also the corner of Bute came to stop the fight and so the referee decreed TKO in favor of English and new world champion of the International Boxing Federation, Carl Froch.
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