The dust has settled over the news of Carl Froch’s much expected retirement.
But realistically Mr Froch retired the second George Groves’ head hit the canvas on May 31st last year.
A solid boxing calender since including some packed shows at the 02 arena London and 2 more PPV bills on Sky TV have already demonstrated that there is life in the wake of Carl Froch.
Carl will be remembered for his PPV showdowns with Mikkel Kessler and George Groves by the British general public but by closer following boxing fans he will be known for coming back against Jermaine Taylor and going away on the road to win world titles.
You can’t take anything away from ‘The Cobra’ who had a glittering amateur career before turning pro at 24. He went on to be one of the most successful British boxers in history with 2 WBC world titles as well as winning the WBA regular and IBF crowns.
With a huge gap to fill, Eddie Hearn has been trying to build a crop of potential PPV replacements.
Kell Brook picked up a world title on the road in he stars-filled Welterweight division, while James Degale also won on the road and was awarded Carl Froch’s recently vacated IBF title for his efforts.
Anthony Joshua has been unstoppable in the ring since turning professional but there are often questions about the calibre of his opponents to date.
So with Carl Froch retired, the question isn’t really who cares? It’s who can benefit?
Amir Khan is one if the most famous fighters on the planet and is beavily ljnked with Floyd Mayweather but often struggles to gain allegiance from the British casual fans.
Since the era of Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe there was a gap in the market for a fan favourite that was partly and temporarily filled by Froch but I feel there is still an opportunity for a fan favourite to emerge and re-ignite boxing in the UK.
The hopes are definitely with Joshua after being an Olympic hero and so far setting a good example in front of the cameras ans microphones.
Who do you think can fill the boots?