Five fights which defined retiring Carl Froch

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Four-time world champion Carl Froch has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 38.

Froch earned his place among the British super-middleweight greats after a stellar career which saw him twice claim the prestigious WBC crown.

Here we take a look at the five fights that defined the career of the man they called The Cobra.

Nov 2007: BT ROBIN REID RTD 5 NOTTINGHAM

Froch was never likely to be troubled by the 30-year-old Reid, but the Nottingham man's dominant performance provided the perfect lift-off to the world title bouts that were soon to follow. Despite having seen better days, Reid still carried the reputation as a former WBC champion and, in the one-sided manner of his victory, Froch succeeded in raising his own profile and convincing many of the previous doubters that he was the man to carry the British super-middleweight tradition forward.

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Nov 2010: BT ARTHUR ABRAHAM PTS HELSINKI

Seven months after losing a gruelling WBC title fight to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark, Froch went on his travels again in the knowledge that another defeat would raise serious questions over his ability to remain in world class. Froch completely dominated the bout against his notoriously tough opponent, displaying rare elusive qualities as he negated Abraham's strength and skated an emphatic points win on all three scorecards, winning back the vacant WBC belt in the process.

Apr 2009: BT JERMAIN TAYLOR TKO10 ATLANTIC CITY

No fight better encapsulated Froch's sheer will to win than his first defence of the WBC title against former middleweight great Taylor in Atlantic City. Taylor stunned Froch with a heavy knockdown in the third round and for a while it appeared the Briton might not recover. But he survived and, after heading into the final round well down on the scorecards, produced a furious assault which gave referee Mike Ortega no option but to wave the bout off with just 14 seconds left on the clock

May 2013: BT MIKKEL KESSLER PTS LONDON

Three years after defeat to Kessler in Denmark, Froch seized his chance at revenge at the O2 Arena, boxing patiently behind his jab to frustrate his opponent in a bout every bit every as engrossing as their first clash. This time the outcome was different, the Nottingham man retaining his composure throughout to claim a win which underlined his credentials as one of the true world stars of the super-middleweight division.

May 2014 BT GEORGE GROVES KO8 LONDON

Froch emphatically proved his point against rival George Groves in front of a post-War record 80,000 crowd at Wembley. Froch had been left frustrated by the reaction to their first fight in November, in which many believed the referee had stepped in too early to stop the contest. There was no such controversy second time around as a magnificent straight right hand from Froch in round nine toppled Groves to the canvas.

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