A name synonymous with Nottingham, Carl Froch. The retired boxer, nicknamed ‘The Cobra’ recently re-opened Nottingham’s ice stadium as the Motorpoint Arena, I went down to the event to chat to the former world champ about his life after boxing and whether there was any hope of a comeback for the 38-year-old Nottingham legend.
How does it feel to be back at the scene of some great triumphs for you?
Carl: It’s great to be back, I still live in Nottingham and I’ve got kids as well so I come down for all the Disney stuff. It’s a great arena for me because it’s where I won my first world title and also because it’s home. The Nottingham Arena means a lot to me.
What are your best memories from the Arena?
Carl: I’ve got fantastic, amazing memories of my first world title. I’ve boxed since I was 8 years old and to win my first world title here in December 2008 in an emphatic battle against Jean Pascal so the win the WBC title against a previously unbeaten fighter in my home town makes this place so close to my heart.
What have you been doing since hanging up your gloves?
Carl: I’ve never been so busy since retiring. The word ‘retirement’ is a very overrated one. I don’t box anymore but I’m still kept very very busy. I’m enjoying retirement in the sense that I get to spend more time with my kids and I don’t have to watch my diet so much.
How are you enjoying life as a pundit?
Carl: Yeah, it’s really enjoyable being so close to boxing as a Sky Sports pundit. All the guys fighting are my friends but to still be involved in the boxing on the safe side of the ropes is a dream come true.
Is there any possibility of you coming out of retirement? Is there a fight that could tempt you?
Carl: There is zero possibility of me coming out of retirement. The only way I would consider it is if Joe Calzaghe decided to make a return because I genuinely do not like the guy. He’s got no intention of coming out of retirement but he still talks a lot of rubbish about me. That fight would get me motivated, I’d get proper passion for it.
So it looks like there is no return on the cards for Nottingham’s four-time super middleweight champion of the world. You can watch ‘The Cobra’ in punditry action throughout the year with Sky Sports as he runs the rule over some of the biggest fights boxing has to offer.