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Froch: I never said Khan should retire

ESPN staff
July 18, 2012

Carl Froch says he never told Amir Khan to quit boxing in a recent interview, insisting he was saying he would retire because, at the age of 35, such a loss would be impossible from which to recover.

Froch spoke to Radio 5 Live on Sunday morning, following Khan's devastating loss to Danny Garcia. It was a defeat that rendered all talk of a future fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr somewhat optimistic.

IBF super-middleweight champion Froch said during the interview: "I would retire if that happened to me. Why? Because I am not in this sport to get beaten, knocked out, or outclassed."

However, he has now moved to clarify such comments, insisting he was in no way saying Khan should consider retirement at the age of 25.

"I did an interview on Radio Five Live and my quote was taken out of context on the BBC website on their news pages," Froch told Boxing News.

"I didn't say, 'If I was Amir I'd retire,' I said, 'If it was me, I'd retire.' I'm 35 years old, I'm three times world champion, if I'd have lost like that, I would have retired.

"I don't think Amir Khan should retire! That's ludicrous. Why would I tell a 25-year-old to retire? Now Amir Khan has read a false quote and come back and said something silly. But I don't hold that against Amir at all. He was just reacting to a misquote."

Khan has since confirmed he will not hang up his gloves, although he may part ways with trainer Freddie Roach.

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