Froch knows a thing or two about strong chins and that’s not something he sees in Anthony Joshua after watching his catastrophic loss in New York
Carl Froch has never been short of an opinion and the legendary super middleweight chatted to talkSPORT about his thoughts on Anthony Joshua’s shocking loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua lost his IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA (super) heavyweight titles to Ruiz Jr who became the first-ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion in history in the process.
Froch, a unified champion himself before retiring in 2015 after defeating George Groves for a second time, explained his concern about a possible rematch, suggesting AJ’s chin might betray him.
“I don’t want to say he quit [against Ruiz Jr], because he didn’t quit but he didn’t really make an effort to carry on after being sent back to his corner and getting spoken to by the referee,” said the man with one of the most durable chins in boxing history.
“He kind of gave no sign that he wanted to continue. So, he had the fight beaten out of him. That was a crushing defeat. Devastating for him and his career. Maybe it’s one he can rectify with an immediate rematch if he can get the job done, but let me tell you something: Ruiz can fight a little bit. He can move well, good balance, he’s got fast counter-punches and Joshua looks fragile when he gets hit on the chin.”
Joshua, as champion at the time, had a rematch clause inserted into the contract in the event of a loss and promoter Eddie Hearn believes one will take place in the UK in October or November later this year.
Of course, Al Haymon represents both Ruiz Jr and WBC champion Deontay Wilder and could be tempted to break that contract and make his own unification fight.
Joshua was knocked down four times before the referee finally called it a day for him and Froch believes the manner of the defeat was far more shocking than that of Lennox Lewis’ shock loss to Hasim Rahman back in 2001.
Carl Froch was a unified super-middleweight champion and retired in 2015″It was a big defeat,” he continued. “It was shocking and it was probably one of the biggest upsets in world boxing in recent times. I mean, you have to go as far back as Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman. The manner in which Rahman did Lewis, it was a one-punch knockout. The way Anthony Joshua got outboxed and counter-punched, he took a sustained beating for three rounds before he got finished.”
Froch also had question marks about his ability to recover during fights, comparing him to Frank Bruno.
“You can compare with him because his legs stiffened up like Frank Bruno’s used to when he got caught. He was walking around the ring like Frankenstein, didn’t know where he was, and couldn’t recover. And that’s the problem I’ve got with him now moving forward; I’m questioning that lack of ability to recover,” he explained.