Carl Froch is not ready to buy into the immense hype surrounding Gennady Golovkin just yet.
Sky Sports recently asked each of their boxing analysts to name the fighter they perceived to be the pound for pound number 1 in light of Floyd Mayweather’s recent retirement.
The six man panel didn’t throw up any major surprises, with only three names being mentioned – Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin and Wladimir Klitschko.
It was the Kazakh killer who garnered the most votes, as Jamie Moore, Jim Watt and Glenn McCrory all selected the power-punching middleweight destroyer.
One esteemed member of the group, however, strongly disagreed with Golovkin’s inclusion. Carl Froch, who gave the nod to former foe Andre Ward, had different criteria than his “GGG” enamoured counterparts.
“I wouldn’t even put Gennady Golovkin in my top 10 yet because I look at the resumes”, said the Nottingham man.
Applying Froch’s criteria there is no denying that Ward is way ahead of Golovkin. The Oakland, California native sports one of the most impressive ledgers in the game, having beaten the likes of Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Chad Dawson.
Comparatively speaking, Golovkin’s record is sparsely populated with big names, and quality opposition.
It is this subjectivity and flexibility of criteria that makes pound for pound rankings such an interesting topic of discussion, however.
Sky’s poll reveals the two opposite ends of the spectrum. Moore, Watt and McCrory are buying into the potential of Gennady Golovkin, and project that he will earn his spot down the line.
While Froch refuses to resort to guess work, preferring instead to look at the hard facts. His line of thought was also reflected in the selections of Paul Smith and Johnny Nelson, both of whom chose substance over supposition. Smith echoed Froch’s words,as he selected Ward, while Nelson went with reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the top slot.