Carl Froch: I need Gennady Golovkin fear factor to fight again

Carl Froch (right) beat George Groves last year
Froch defeated George Groves with an eighth-round knockout at Wembley last year

Carl Froch says the "fear factor" of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin could persuade him to continue his career.

The Briton, 37, will make a decision on his future in June after being stripped of the WBA super-middleweight belt for not defending his title.

Froch told BBC Radio 5 live: "I need the motivation, I need the fear factor and Golovkin brings that.

"If I decide to fight again, Golovkin's an opponent I'd definitely like."

He added: "But it's a very big 'if' because one of my options is to retire."

Froch, who has already given up his IBF belt, has not fought since defeating George Groves at Wembley nearly a year ago.

A clash with Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in March fell through because of the Nottingham fighter's elbow injury.

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Gennady GolovkinCarl Froch
Karaganda, KazakhstanHome townNottingham, England
8 April 1982Date of birth2 July 1977
5ft 10½inHeight6ft 1in
33 fights, 33 wins (30 KOs)Pro record35 fights, 33 wins (24 KOs), 2 losses
WBA middleweightTitlesPast WBC, WBA, IBF super-middleweight champion

"I still love boxing, that's the problem, and at 37 I know I can still do it," said Froch. "I don't want to look back at 43 and say 'why didn't I take that one last fight?'

"I can safely say in maybe the first week of June I will be making an announcement."

Kazakhstan's Golovkin, 33, is unbeaten in 33 professional fights, including 30 knockouts.

Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn told the Daily Mail:external-link "We have already opened negotiations with Golovkin's people and they are very keen.

"I only want Carl to take it if he's genuinely motivated because it is a high-risk fight."

Froch has already confirmed he is not interested in fighting the winner of Saturday's IBF super-middleweight title fight between Britain's James DeGale and Andre Dirrell in Boston.

Listen to the full interview with Carl Froch on BBC Radio 5 live Saturday Breakfast from 06:00 BST.

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