Once upon a time, Carl Froch and Jake Paul were in a war of words that had the potential to end inside the ropes.
The American caught wind of Froch’s negative comments towards his professional boxing career, and claimed that he was only mentioning his name because he was ‘desperate’ and ‘wanted money.’
Froch was then, of course, invited along as a pundit on BT Sport’s coverage of Paul versus Tommy Fury, and watched the 26-year-old from Ohio get beat on points before delivering a scathing – and funny – assessment of him as a fighter.
Given that the former super middleweight world champion had said he would only entertain a fight with Paul if he could get past Fury, the beef ended there.
Paul – now 6-1 in his campaign – looked set to run it back with Fury as per a contracted rematch clause, but snubbed the second fight to set up one with MMA fighter, Nate Diaz, instead.
Froch responded to the announcement in typical fashion, bemused at Paul’s efforts to fight on.
Is @jakepaul still trying to be a fighter? 🤣🤣
— Carl Froch MBE (@Carl_Froch) April 12, 2023
Froch’s question is a valid one in some respects, considering Paul has seemingly shyed away from the Fury rematch for now to face yet another opponent who hasn’t had a professional boxing match.
Other than Fury, that’s all his record shows – one YouTuber, a basketballer, and three former UFC fighters. The decision to fight Diaz, whilst undeniably financially rewarding, doesn’t do much for his case as a pro boxer.
The eight round contest with Diaz is set at a 185lb catchweight and will take place in Dallas, Texas on August 5 broadcast globally on DAZN. Froch is likely to have plenty to say in the build-up, if only to continue to wind the brash American up.