• Super-middleweight

Froch has at least another five years at the top

ESPN staff
May 31, 2012

Carl Froch's trainer, Rob McCracken, sees no reason why The Cobra cannot carry on towards the age of 40, insisting the Nottingham fighter "has got plenty of time left".

Froch reignited his career with a polished performance against Lucian Bute, who was on the receiving end of a brutal fifth-round knockout in Nottingham on Saturday.

Prior to picking up the IBF super-middleweight belt to become a three-time world champion, Froch had made noises about retiring if he failed to conquer the Romanian-born Canadian.

Ffollowing his inspired victory, however, the 34-year-old is now targeting further world-title fights, with Mikkel Kessler, who inflicted the first professional loss of Froch's career in 2010, top of his wish-list.

"The City Ground [Nottingham Forest's home ground], for me, that would be the pinnacle of my career," Froch told Sky Sports News. "If we can get Kessler to come to England it can't be anywhere else apart from the City Ground.

"I think there are 30,000 seats in the stadium and then we've also got the pitch so you could be looking close to 40,000 people. It would be phenomenal. It would probably be 12 rounds of hell like the first one but if I catch him sweet he'll go [over]."

He added: "With Kessler, it's going be a man's fight, a good old fashioned tear-up. Call me stupid but I like to fight, and I'm going to get one of them with Kessler, and it's a fight 100 per cent I know I can win."

Froch is confident of enhancing his legacy further against the best from the 168lb-division, insisting he is only now reaching his peak.

"I'm 34 years-old, I've had a great 10-year career as a professional. I do the weight so easy, I'm a consummate professional, I'm a clean liver and I don't drink or smoke," he said. "Bernard Hopkins is 47 - now that's pushing the boundaries to the limit but I'm 34, I'm not an old man.

"I was a late bloomer but I feel like I'm 28 or 29. I'm young, fresh and healthy. As long as I've got the desire to keep fighting I think I ll always be able to keep being successful as long as I've got [coach] Rob McCracken by my side."

McCracken added: "He's got plenty of time left, he lives a great life so there's no problem with how long he wants to box. He could have five years, he could have another two - it's totally up to him."

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