Former unified super-middleweight champion, Carl Froch, has highlighted the toughest moment in his career.
‘The Cobra’ is renowned for his willingness to take on all-comers, resulting in an outstanding résumé which consists of the greatest 168lb-ers of his era, bar Joe Calzaghe.
The Nottingham legend held the WBC, WBA and IBF titles during his twelve-year span in the ring, hanging up the gloves with a record of 33-2, with those losses coming against well-respected opponents in Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler.
On his YouTube channel, Froch admitted that he was not short of tough moments to pick from, having been through plenty of sticky situations.
Despite mentioning difficult times against Jean Pascal, Kessler and George Groves, there was one memory that stuck in the mind of the 45-year-old.
“Jermain Taylor, in round three, my first time ever being put on the seat of my pants in a professional boxing ring or amateur. It was my first ever knockdown, in my first world title defence, against ‘Bad Intentions’ Jermain Taylor, former undisputed middleweight king of the division. He stepped up to super-middleweight, he beat Jeff Lacy, [Joe] Calzaghe’s best win, and then he is fighting me for my WBC title, and he put me on the floor in round three.”
“That was tough to come back from. There are some great clips of that circulating on YouTube if you have not seen that. To climb off the canvas in round three, I think that probably has to be the one that was probably my toughest moment and, let’s not forget that fight went twelve rounds, I had to get the stoppage in round twelve, which I did in the dying seconds of round twelve, to retain my WBC title.”
Froch’s grit and determination was on full show that night against Taylor and plays a vital part in the legacy that has seen him land a place in the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame.