THE prospect of fighting Kazakhstan’s fearsome Gennady Golovkin could tempt Carl Froch back to the ring.

“I think it’s being discussed,” Rob McCracken, Froch’s trainer, told Boxing News. “[Carl is] not sure if he’s going to fight again. He said he’s still got the itch, he thinks he wants to. But obviously he’s his own man. As I’ve always said, I said, ‘You decide if you want to do it. If everything’s right and you want to do it, then you’ve got to make the call.’ If he does then everything gets put into place.

“Then away we go. But it’s totally up to him. I let him decide because ultimately he’s the fighter. It’s up to him whether he fights again. He’s somewhere in the middle at the minute in spite of what anyone else hears, it’s 50-50. I do think if the right opportunity came up and the right fight, I think he would fight.”

Although James DeGale now holds the IBF super-middleweight belt, Carl’s old title, it’s Gennady Golovkin that appeals to Froch as a possible opponent. “Without a doubt, Carl’s been at the top a very long time and you’ve got Golovkin coming through. With respect he hasn’t really fought anybody of significant note at elite level and they’re talking about him as if he’s the second coming. But obviously he’s a middleweight and he’s a lot smaller than Carl, that would be something that would interest Carl, if the terms and the offer was right. But at the same time he is 50-50 whether he fights again. Maybe something like that but we’ll see,” Rob said.

It almost a year since Froch last fought, toppling George Groves at Wembley Stadium, an event that would be hard to surpass. “I think you could top it if you did the same thing again at Wembley or a similar location against somebody with a big profile. I think that’s the only way you’d top it or equal it. But if you don’t ever top it or equal it, then you’ve already done it,” McCracken mused. “He’s got a great life, he’s very wealthy. He’s achieved everything in the sport. He’s in a good place.”