Carl Froch has not been shy in criticising Anthony Joshua over recent months, and he’s taken another pop at the former unified heavyweight world champion in the past week.
Joshua had a comeback fight against Jermaine Franklin in April, and is expected to have another outing in August before jumping in with Deontay Wilder, with Dillian Whyte seemingly the frontrunner for that date.
In a feature with Talksport, Froch described the need for multiple building fights as “nonsense,” and implored Joshua to get back into the deep end of the division or retire.
“I don’t understand, coming from world class and being a world champion, then jumping in with mark-time fighters and fights to build you back up. You’ve gotta get straight in the deep end.
Top fighters, world champions – when they lose a fight, they get straight back in with another world champion. I lost for a world title and went straight back in for another world title.
Look at Canelo Alvarez who does the same, Oscar De La Hoya, any of the champions over the history of boxing, they get straight back in the deep end. All this warm-up nonsense, he wants to fight Dillian Whyte and just boxed Jermaine Franklin, it’s all nonsense.
He needs to get back in there and fight for a world title, show us he believes in himself and means business in the sport. Or just retire, go away and sail off into the sunset, because he’s done well out of the game.”
It is still up in the air whether or not a fight with Whyte can be agreed, with ‘The Bodysnatcher’ stating he was not happy with terms surrounding a rematch clause in the latest draft of contracts.
Agit Kabayel is believed to be the back up plan if a deal cannot be struck for a rematch between Joshua and Whyte.