British boxing legend, Carl Froch, is never far from a controversial opinion and so it has proved again with his views on whether Tyson Fury has done enough to warrant a place in the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Froch himself is a Hall of Famer having been inducted earlier this year and will go down as one of the best ever from Britain.
His career at super middleweight was indeed a glittering one with a famous fight against George Groves in front of a record-setting post-war crowd at Wembley the crowing glory. As well as that he stepped up to fight greats like Andre Ward, tricky southpaws like Lucien Bute, had a couple of wars with Mikel Kessler, and beat big men like Jean Pascal who went on to be a champion in the weight division above.
Speaking to BettingSites, he muses on what he thinks makes a boxer worthy of admission.
“There are different rules on whether or not you make it into the Hall of Fame. You can go in as a competitor or a participant or something else. You can be a promoter. Anthony Joshua for example, what he’s done for boxing, he’s brought it to a whole new audience. He’s followed on from my 80, 000 at Wembley Stadium. What he’s done for the sport is transcend it and take it to the next level so for that alone you could say that’s a Hall of Fame career.”
He then asses his own career before explaining what Fury needs to do to earn his place.
“I was inducted for wins. I dared to be great. I took on young unbeaten fighters like George Groves. Now that’s a legacy. That’s a career worthy of the Hall of Fame. Does Fury deserve it? A great win against [Wladimir] Klitschko, a trilogy win against [Deontay] Wilder, that’s not enough.
If he beats AJ, beats Usyk, then yes.”
Before either of those fights, Fury will face former MMA champion Francis Ngannou over 10 rounds in Saudi Arabia in October.