Carl Froch claims he would have ‘absolutely hammered’ Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and ‘been too much’ for Gennady Golovkin

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Carl Froch claims he would have ‘absolutely hammered’ Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and ‘been too much’ for Gennady Golovkin.

The former super-middleweight champion of the world retired from boxing in 2014 at the age of 37 after retaining his WBA and IBF world title against George Groves.

Canelo stopped Sergey Kovalev en route to claiming the WBO light-heavyweight title

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Canelo stopped Sergey Kovalev en route to claiming the WBO light-heavyweight title

Speculation continued to mount surrounding the Nottingham-native’s future in boxing, but he was never convinced to make a return to the squared circle.

Golovkin was a rumoured opponent for the 42-year-old and, although the fight never happened, the ‘Cobra’ is adamant he would have been too big for the former middleweight king.

“I’d have been too much for him,” said Froch about the Kazakh on his new Apple podcast. “I met him and he’s 5’9” or 5′ 10.

“When I meet someone and shaking their hand, and looking in their eyes, I might be wrong, but me as a fighter and the warrior I was when I was fighting, I was shaping and sizing him up, thinking, ‘If I ever fight you, no problem, end of the jab, walk you into some shots, I’d be too much for you.’

Froch was renowned for being incredibly resilient in the ring and a tough competitor

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Froch was renowned for being incredibly resilient in the ring and a tough competitor

“He [Golovkin] went 11 rounds with Martin Murray. At that sort of level, you’re not going to give me a problem,” said Froch.

The Sky Sports pundit was in attendance for Canelo’s light-heavyweight debut against Sergey Kovalev, which the Mexican ended in the tenth round to claim the WBO strap after a sensational knockout.

But Froch was not impressed with the pound-for-pound great and insists he would have made light work of the 29-year-old.

“Too big, too strong,” Froch added. “Jokes aside, when I watched Canelo fight Kovalev, I wasn’t impressed.

The Kazakh may have lost a spring in his step, but power is the last attribute to leave a fighter

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The Kazakh may have lost a spring in his step, but power is the last attribute to leave a fighter

“I thought it was close, but I thought he [Canelo] was losing. At that weight [175], he’s slower. He reminded me of Arthur Abraham when I fought Abraham [in November 2011].

“I just kept him long with a jab, met him with combinations, and absolutely hammered him for 12 rounds. It was a flawless victory.

“I feel like I would have been able to do that to Canelo when he fought Canelo, that version of Canelo.”

The 42-year-old, like much of the world, caught the KSI and Logan Paul fight which took place in Los Angeles.

Froch seems happy in retirement, despite being tempted

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Froch seems happy in retirement, despite being tempted
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The two YouTubers turned professional to square off on an Eddie Hearn card and went six rounds in the main event.

And the four-time world champion was as deadpan and as unforgiving as ever in his verdict on the bout.

“Because they can’t punch properly, there’s less danger,” he added. “If I’d jumped in with Logan/KSI, timed him with a big dirty right hand on the chin, full force, it would’ve been game over and could do some serious damage,.”

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