Carl Froch's eighth round knockout of George Groves on Saturday at Wembley Stadium (GIF) was a career highlight, as the long-overlooked super middleweight warrior fought in front of 80,000 fevered spectators at one of the most historic sports venues in the world, coming out the clear victor.
So what now? While James DeGale made himself Froch's IBF mandatory (Carl also holds the WBA title) with a win over Brandon Gonzales on Saturday's undercard, that fight might not get his motor running quite enough. And as Froch is now just a month from turning 37, he says he's hoping to land a fight in Las Vegas, but retirement is a legitimate option.
"Las Vegas is the fight capital of the world, and I'd like to tick that box, and see my name up in lights. But if I bow out on this moment, I'd be a happy man. My last fight at the national stadium in front of 80,000 fans, the end of this whole saga. I could hang my gloves up quite comfortably, quite happily and spend my time with my beautiful partner Rachael and my beautiful kids. It is definitely a possibility, an option. One hundred per cent it is, at this stage."
Froch (33-2, 24 KO) has had a remarkable career, filled with tough challenges, big wins, and a sense that he's beaten the odds and defied expectations several times over. Froch has, in fact, made a case that he's not just the best active British fighter -- indisputable, in my view -- but that he may have surpassed Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton as the best of the recent era.
Should Froch consider hanging up the gloves at this stage? Does he have anything more to prove?