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Eddie Hearn: I'd hate for Froch to get retired rather than retire

Eddie Hearn thinks it might be time for Carl Froch to hang up the gloves, as he lacks the motivation for any potential fight.

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

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn spoke with Sky Sports about Carl Froch and what's left for him in his career, saying that they're having a hard time finding a fight that motivates Froch, and that it may indeed be time for the fighter to retire, as he's been discussing recently:

"The way that he fights, he's going to be in tough, tough, tough wars and at nearly 38 years of age, and plenty of money in the bank, that's not motivating at all.

"Legacy is not really a motivator, he's been there and done it and he's been four times champion of the world, so what is he fighting for?

"As a businessman I'd love him to fight again, there's a huge amount of money involved. As a fighter and friend? I think it might be time to sit back and say 'what a career I've had'. I'd hate for him to get retired rather than retire."

Hearn says that even a potential chance for Froch (33-2, 24 KO) to avenge a defeat against Andre Ward doesn't really stoke his fires, and that we saw evidence of Froch's waning hunger and reason to fight in his first bout with George Groves in 2013, when Froch took a heavy beating early before rallying. In their rematch last year, Froch knocked out Groves in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium, as he tends to lead most statements with, reminding us all.

Froch will turn 38 in July, and when a potential Vegas fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr lost all luster thanks to Andrzej Fonfara beating the crap out of Chavez, Froch's interest in fighting on seemed to disappear with it, as he almost immediately began talking retirement. James DeGale doesn't interest him, Ward doesn't interest him, and a 50-year-old Bernard Hopkins doesn't interest him. So Hearn may be right: what's the point in going on?

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