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Amir Khan: Froch should retire, he'll lose his next fight

Amir Khan believes Carl Froch should retire, and that he's going to lose his next fight if he sticks around.

Scott Heavey
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Amir Khan has thoughts, and those thoughts are about last weekend's incredibly controversial Carl Froch vs George Groves fight in Manchester, which Khan attended and worked for Sky Sports doing some analysis alongside David Haye and the other 52 guys that Sky had spread around the arena to chip in a few comments here and there.

Anyway, Khan thinks Carl Froch should retire.

'He's past his best, past his sell-by date,' Khan said. 'Froch, in my opinion, should retire. He's on top at the moment with the belts, I really think in his next fight he'll lose those belts.

'He got a very close win against Groves because he was losing almost every round. He was losing the fight. Groves was the stronger fighter.

'While he is still champion he should call it a day. The referee stopped the fight too soon, the fight would've gone the distance and Groves would've won on points. Groves is not even in the elite level of boxing. Imagine if Froch went up against an elite level boxer in his prime, someone like Andre Ward again. Ward would knock him out. If I was him he might as well call it a day, he's having too many tough days in there. You always want to walk out the sport of boxing the way you walked in and he's taking too many tough shots.'

Let's dissect Khan's tale here.

  • Froch is 36. He may be past his best. That's entirely possible.
  • If losing belts is a reason to retire, Amir Khan should've been done a while ago. And if potentially or probably losing your next fight is a reason to retire, well, Khan's aiming to face Floyd Mayweather. So Khan should retire.
  • "He was losing almost every round" is a debatable stance, but not a lie or anything. That said, two judges had a one-point gap after eight rounds.
  • "The fight would've gone the distance" is not a fact, it's a guess. There's every reason to believe that Froch, who's done it before, had dragged Groves into Teddy Atlas' Deep Waters and was going to drown him with pressure.
  • "Groves would've won on points" -- again, not based on much. Froch was the one with the momentum.

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'Groves said to me after that I was just going to box him, not get involved, be smart and beat him by every punch. He knew what he was doing wrong and wasn't going to make the same mistakes. He wasn't tired, he said he could've gone on all night. He told me he fancied working on the inside, that's why he took a few shots getting in. That's why he got caught. He wanted to take a few shots, sometimes that drives a fighter.'

  • Ah, Groves wanted to take a few shots. Just a few.
  • Did you know that when fighters "know what they're doing wrong" they always instantly correct themselves and turn the tide? As we've seen from Amir Khan himself, this is a fact. It just takes "want to."

Khan is confident Groves will go on to become a world champion and will be one of the stars of British boxing in the future.

'He's got some big fights out there and some big names out there for him,' he added. 'He can cause anyone problems.'

  • Let's recall that a few lines before this, Khan said Groves isn't even an elite fighter.

The real deal here is that Froch and Khan have some history of jibber-jabber, with Froch saying that he would have retired after the Danny Garcia fight if he'd been Amir Khan, so it's all in bad fun, really. I just wanted to say some stuff about some stuff.


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