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Carl Froch: Nottingham's boxing legend gets MBE

Carl Froch in Nottingham's Market Square Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Carl Froch made a number of public appearances in Nottingham, including in the city's Market Square

Boxer Carl Froch has been appointed an MBE for services to his sport as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The 37-year-old from Nottingham, who has been crowned world champion four times, said it was a "massive honour and a big surprise".

He added: "It's fantastic for me, my sport, my city and my family."

Froch, who has not been in the ring since May 2014, said he has still not made a decision over whether he will fight again.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "If I do fight again it will be once only. [It will be] my swansong, my retirement fight but I need to be really up for it."

The boxer, who has won 33 of his 35 fights at super middleweight level, grew up just outside Nottingham in the village of Gedling.

Image caption Carl Froch and partner Rachael Cordingley attended the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in December

It was in Nottingham that Froch won his first world title against Canadian fighter Jean Pascal, in 2008.

He unified the IBF and WBA titles against Danish fighter Mikkel Kessler, in 2013.

He later retained both of those titles in fights against George Groves, the second bout was fought at Wembley in front of a record breaking crowd of about 80,000.

His exploits and affinity to Nottingham won him the accolade of becoming an honorary freeman of of the city, in September.

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Image caption Carl Froch poses with son Rocco ahead of his work out at Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in May 2014
Image caption Carl Froch's fame has led to him participating in TV shows like Tumble

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