Carl Froch has advised former WBO light-middleweight champion, Liam Smith, to retire following his knockout loss to Chris Eubank Jr this past weekend adding that Eubank was ‘the best I’ve ever seen him.’
The much anticipated all-British rematch shocked many for the way it finished. After beating Eubank with a sensational fourth-round knockout back in their first fight in January, Smith got put down himself in the fourth round before then being dropped again and stopped by the referee in the 10th.
Speaking on Froch on Fighting, The Cobra has plenty of praise for Eubank.
“That was probably the best I have ever seen him against a really, really bad version of Liam Smith. I can’t take credit away from Chris Eubank Jr because he performed really well, but unfortunately for Smith that could be the end of the road for him.”
Froch went on to asses Smith’s weight.
“I thought he was comfortable at 160. He obviously isn’t. He’s took 42lbs off so he can’t go down to 154, he’s gunna have to stay at middle, and he can’t go up to super middleweight, he’s not big enough. But at middle you’ve just seen what happened to him. He can’t do it.”
Froch surmised that this could be the end for Smith.
“This could be career curtains. He’s had a fantastic career. He’s 35 years old, he got badly beaten because he couldn’t do the weight so I think that could be the end.”
Speaking on talkSPORT Boxing, Froch went one step further, saying Smith’s career ‘is over’:
“I think Liam Smith looks shot and finished at 35 years old. He can’t do 160lbs, he’s 35 years-old had a career at 154lb so if he can’t do 160 what’s he going to do? Step up to middleweight, well he’s not big enough. So for me his career is over.”