Saturday night, Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO) takes to the ring as possibly the most undervalued and underappreciated fighter in boxing.
He no longer is underrated, as he is widely considered the third-best super middleweight in the world behind his opponent Saturday, Lucian Bute, and top dog Andre Ward, who defeated Froch in the Super Six final.
Yet Froch still does not seem to get full credit for his abilities in the ring and the incredible level of competition he has faced over the last three years.
A simple look at Froch's opposition, results and level of entertainment in his last seven fights demonstrates what "The Cobra" brings each time he steps in the ring. He has faced possibly the toughest level of competition in the sport in the last three-plus years of any active fighter. He is 5-2 over that stretch.
The level of opposition speaks for itself. Jean Pascal is a young, strong, heavy-handed fighter. Jermain Taylor may have been past his best when he met Froch but still was a ...