In a recent episode with TalkSport, the four-time world super middleweight champion Carl Froch openly shared his thoughts on current heavyweights Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Oleksandr Usyk, Dillian Whyte, and Anthony Joshua.
Speaking on Tyson Fury’s behavior and his tendency to challenge various fighters without follow-through, Froch said, “It’s getting frustrating now…we all want to see Tyson Fury fight, we all want to see him in there with the best of the best and I’m not so sure how serious he is now about fighting.” Froch further commented on Fury’s physical condition, stating that “he looks heavy when he’s in the ring…if he goes too out of shape and he’s out of the ring for too long then you get past the point of no return and all of a sudden he’s going to find himself in a hard fight against somebody who’s bang average.”
Carl Froch Thinks Tyson Fury & Anthony Joshua Are Avoiding Fights
Regarding a potential matchup between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, Froch believes that Fury could come out on top if he is in optimal condition. “Fury would be too big for Usyk, but it’s got to be an on-point Fury that’s 100% on his game and fit for 12 rounds,” he said.
However, Froch expressed skepticism about Fury’s willingness to take on Usyk, referencing how Fury reportedly priced himself out of a fight with Usyk. “I think he did price himself out; that 70/30 offer was a bit of an insult. Usyk took the offer and then the fight never happened. So, what went wrong there?” questioned Froch.
Turning his attention to Anthony Joshua, Froch was critical, saying that “AJ doesn’t fight with any confidence anymore; he’s not an offensive fighter anymore. He fights on his back foot, and it’s defense-first, defensive before offense.” Froch mentioned that Joshua needs to step up and fight at the world level instead of taking on opponents that don’t challenge him. “These top fighters, world champions when they lose a fight, they get straight back in the deep end, straight back into the world title contention and nine times out of ten they’ll win it back.”
On the subject of Deontay Wilder, Froch mentioned that he would like to see Anthony Joshua take him on. He also highlighted the destructive power of Wilder’s right hand, remarking that “if [Joshua] takes the right hand on the chin from Deontay Wilder, let’s be honest mate, it’s going to be lights out.”
You can watch the TalkSport episode here
Carl Froch, who was recently inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, made it clear that he holds the sport in high regard and expects the best to face the best.