Carl Froch never shied away from anyone in his career, though he has admitted there are some fantasy fights he would have loved to be involved with.
Last week ‘The Cobra’ had a heated back and forth with Frank Warren about his desire to face fellow super middleweight Joe Calzaghe early in his career. That fight was never able to be made before Calzaghe moved up to light heavyweight.
Surprisingly the Welshman isn’t who Froch names when answering questions from the public on TalkSport Boxing about who he would love to have fought past or present – but instead chose the boxing legend, Marvin Hagler.
“Mine is the late ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Hagler. He’d have probably done me as well. Maybe, maybe not. He was a middleweight who come up. I think he was a bit smaller than me, height-wise.”
The famously granite-chinned former world champion then outlines why he picked the former undisputed middleweight legend who made twelve successful title defenses from 1980 to 1987, with all but of them coming by knockout. It’s mostly because Froch was a box-fighter who loved a war, as best evidenced by his two clashes with sometime-Danish champion Mikkel Kessler.
“Because he didn’t take a step backwards and didn’t hold and didn’t want to get messy, he just wants to fight doesn’t he? He rolls in with that bald swede of his and gets in front of your face and pushes you back a bit. But he’d stand and have a fight. He’s a proper fit, honest man.”
The fight with Hagler sure would have been a mouthwatering prospect.