And just like that, the itch is back. In July, after deliberating a potential fight with Gennady Golovkin, Carl Froch decided he wanted hang up the gloves and go out on a high note (knocking out George Groves, in front of 80,000 screaming fans!) rather than continue on. That fight took place 18-months ago, but Froch says he's starting to feel that inner fire burn once again.
"I always said 'Once I've retired, I won't come back', but just lately now, 18 months on from my last fight, I'm starting to think to myself 'You know what? I'm fit, I'm strong, I'm in good shape'," Froch told Press Association Sport.
"There's nobody at my weight where I'm thinking 'I'm worried about him', not even Andre Ward."
Of course Ward has essentially already moved on from super middleweight to the light heavyweight division where a showdown with Sergey Kovalev awaits. So the most likely scenario is a potential fight with IBF champion James DeGale.
"If I was going to fight again, and it's a big if, I'd be ready for next year. Another slice of the action, another snippet in the limelight, a massive fight, all the attention on me - I'm not an attention seeker but it's just relighting that old flame."
Do any of you want to see Froch make a return? If so, how do you fancy a fight between Froch and DeGale?