Carl Froch has stated he would retire if he ever suffered a crushing loss on the scale of Amir Khan’s shocking fourth-round KO by new RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
Khan, the former WBA and IBF titleholder from Bolton, England, no doubt was nursing a badly battered body and utterly shattered pride when he awoke the morning after a devastating night in Las Vegas. Fair to say, much of the expert post-mortem punditry back in his homeland would have done nothing to improve his depressed mood.
Khan’s career is definitely in no-man’s land, having been derailed by an extraordinary performance from Garcia (24-0, 15 knockouts), who also holds the WBC and WBA titles at 140 pounds. If talk of a ”super-fight” between Khan and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at welterweight sounded far-fetched before the weekend, it is now totally redundant.
Last Thursday, countryman Froch, the three-time super middleweight titleholder from Nottingham, had warned that Khan’s handlers were once again getting ahead of themselves and appeared to be underestimating the threat of the unbeaten American. Well, on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, those words came chillingly true, with Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) being thumped and dumped – in a fashion that brought memories of his first round loss to Breidis Prescott four years ago flooding back.
That is why Froch, 35, who could never be accused of giving up on anything lightly, is deadly serious when discussing the idea of 25-year-old Khan hanging up the gloves.
He wonders if the Bolton boy has already realized his potential, whether he can ever bounce back from a second knockout blow to his career and if there is any point in him even attempting to pick up the pieces.
“I would retire if that happened to me,” the 168-pound IBF titleholder told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek first thing Sunday morning. “Why? Because I am not in this sport to get beaten, knocked out or outclassed. It’s a personal decision whether or not you retire, but to get stopped in the fourth round when you have previously been knocked out in your career, is just very, very damaging.”
Froch has suffered two defeats but both were on points and therefore did not have a lasting, detrimental effect on his confidence to compete against the elite. Indeed, following his loss to Andre Ward in last year’s Super Six World Boxing Classic final, he returned in April and destroyed the previously-unbeaten Lucien Bute. Froch (29-2 21 KOs) does not believe Khan will be able to recover so quickly.
“You have to consider that he was badly knocked out by Breidis Prescott and he lost to Lamont Peterson as well,” he said. “I hope he can come back, he’s got enough years left and, if he has the ambition and desire to come back, he could. He’s still a good fighter.
“Although you can say I’ve lost twice, I lost a very, very close points decision to one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Andre Ward and I’ve come back and beaten an unbeaten fighter, Lucian Bute, the very next time, so I’m world champion.
‘If I had lost to Bute, though, I would have retired, because I am in this game to be at the very top and stay at the top. I’m not in this game to make up the numbers.”