The Collected Wisdom of Carl Froch

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Mrs Weaver gave me Carl Froch's autobiography as a joke christmas present. (He's viewed as an Alan Partridge esque comedy character in our house).

I have finally picked it up today, and after only 4 pages there are so many pearls of wisdom I felt I had to share them.


On childhood:
"And to think, as an aimless teenager just out of school, I used to spend my time collecting the toys out of kinder eggs. I was empty then. Not any longer".


On Comedy:
"I went to the doctor and he said 'You know you have perforated your ear drum?'. I replied 'What I can't hear you'. I said that about 5 times before he realised I was winding him up."


On Pascal's Team Attempting to Intimidate The Cobra:
"My stepdad Steve and my brother Lee looked as though they were about to cry, but the chanting just made me more confident".


As you can see, it's full of the easy, relatable, wisdom we have all come to expect from The Cobra.

I intend to share more quotes from the great man, (if there is a demand), but it will be slow going. This is not a book to be rushed, it's a book to be savoured, discussed, and ruminated over.

I would therefore appreciate the input of anyone else who wants to share some of their favourite Carl Froch fables. Be they from his fights, social media, interviews, commentary, or podcast.
 
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Now that you mention it, if Sir Alan Partridge ever does another series i would love to see Froch as a special guest playing an even more exaggerated ego maniac version of himself. he could tell Alan about Wembley, Alan could talk about his time as the worlds best football commentator, would be TV gold.
 
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On Motherhood
"My mum also got a special mention... I told her how special she was for bringing me into this world. I meant every word of that as well."


On World War 2:
"It came as a shock to discover that my grandfather was in Hitler's Nazi German army during the war."
 
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Listening to the Macklin podcast the other day, Macklin made a great point about wanting to know how Froch can speak nonstop without breathing for 5 minutes.

It’s a genuine skill and shows his incredible cardio.
 
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I have this book but haven't read it yet, I also got Steve Bunces history of British boxing coming.

Oh I also have Audley Harrison autobiography if anyone wants me to look for some gems in that one
 
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i followed froch all the way from the ams in Belfast in 2000 (??). i enjoyed his career more that just about any other boxer and knew we would be gutted when he retired. What is clear though is that he is an absolutely unrelenting twat. its not an act at all, hes a an absolute bell end and it makes me just love him more.

i wish i could find one interview after he had made peace with groves and he starts off saying good 'luck to him hes a great fighter....' and then over two minutes drifts into absolutely rinsing him with the 'too big too strong stuff'. this is a guys thats been clearly media coached in the last couple of years and a big part of that would have been groves questions. but he just cant help himself :lol:.......

another highlight is for the first 15 fights or so he boxed every fight 'naseem hamed' style hands down by his side, just eating shot after shot after shot :lol: just walking down opponents. go back and watch some of his earlier fights is actually hilarious.
 
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He does have a dry sense of humour bordering on genius at times but lets not forget he is a massive cunt and one of the worst boxing pundits we've ever seen
 
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I don't normally doubt @Bob Weaver, and I know what Froch's like with his comments, but I think I'm going to have to buy this book to see if these are real quotes or not :lol:
All true, and only about 10 pages in.

Had to cut stuff out too. You could literally just take any line and it's hilarious. I wonder if there's an audio version?
 
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On hobbies:
"I used to buy Kinder eggs all the time and put the toys in a row in my bedroom. I would go to the gym in the morning, come back and buy a Kinder egg."


On Crime:
"I can't believe a bloke has just pulled a knife on me for wanting a pineapple alcopop."


On empathy:
When I was 6 and Lee was 8 we watched King Kong.. .When the stuffed gorilla falls to his death I turned round and Lee was crying his eyes out... I thought, that's a bit silly, we're clearly not talking about a real fifty foot gorilla here, but a fake.
 
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I love Carl Froch, the more so for this thread. Gave us many happy nights of boxing. That legacy love even blinds me to the worst excesses of his punditry. Trouble is, after reading this thread, I can't tell if I'm deluding myself into ironic love, or whether my love is real. Am I laughing with or at? Mostly, with. But thank you for this thread.
 
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My love for Froch is real, as real as it gets. hard not to like him, fought everyone, fun fights, funny guy who talks utter bollocks but entertainingly so.

There is no question he is awful at punditry but i let it slide because it's Froch, adds to his charm in many ways due to even more utter bollocks that he now spouts, you can tell sometime that he has literally never watched some of fighters fight before and he tries his best to sound like he has but he isn't fooling anybody.
 
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I love Carl Froch, the more so for this thread. Gave us many happy nights of boxing. That legacy love even blinds me to the worst excesses of his punditry. Trouble is, after reading this thread, I can't tell if I'm deluding myself into ironic love, or whether my love is real. Am I laughing with or at? Mostly, with. But thank you for this thread.
No problem. I genuinely like Froch too. Saw him live a couple of times, really good fighter, tough guy, and another in the long line of great British eccentrics.

I will top up the thread when I get time. I'm looking forward to getting to the actual boxing. Bound to be some great quotes about his opponents.

Only covered his childhood so far, which is pretty much what I thought. Working class , dad a petty crook, mum running some rough pubs.

The only surprising elements are that he was a late bloomer and had a thing for Kinder eggs as a teenager. And his grandad was a reluctant nazi. (sounds serious actually, he was forced to join up).