Elite boxing sounds like it’s close to MMA in spirit but it’s a universe away in reality. Thanks to protections like the Ali act, elite boxers stand to make tremendous amounts of money unlike MMA athletes which is why many MMA stars aspire to make their boxing debuts.
Storied Boxer Carl Froch recently served as commentator for the world heavyweight championship between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.
Froch is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2014 – He held multiple super-middleweight world championships, including the WBC title twice between 2008 and 2011, the IBF title from 2012 to 2015.
In a memorable comment, the famed former boxer said that McGregor “couldn’t punch the skin off a rice pudding.”
McGregor took umbrage to this and slammed Froch from his ever present twitter account.
Both guys used Twitter to voice their complaints. Froch seemed to reply during the broadcast, perhaps during a break in the studio program. He has now made another attempt to frustrate McGregor by reiterating his first remark in a fresh tweet.
Conor McGregor’s newest training video was then mocked by Carl Froch days later as he continues to prepare for a comeback to the UFC.
Six years ago, Froch and McGregor would have competed in a match since Froch built his reputation as a multiple-weight world champion at super-middleweight, which is practically welterweight in MMA.
In the first Froch interview, he spoke about his passion for MMA as a sport during a feature on Joe.co.uk. After witnessing his battle with Floyd Mayweather, he disparaged McGregor’s punching abilities, which infuriated the Irishman enough to respond on social media.
Froch said, “McGregor can’t punch, he couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding. I was there when he fought Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor is a big name because he’s got the mouth and he’s got the charisma.”
“I’m just sort of getting into mixed martial arts now, my knowledge isn’t [great]. I watch a fight and I won’t know who I’m watching but I have to watch it back again. It gets brutal in there at times and I’ve got a lot of respect for these fighters.”
“We wear gloves in boxing, 10oz gloves and they wear little hand mitts. Alright, they’re not massive punchers, some of them can punch, don’t get me wrong, but they kick you in the face. They knee you in the head and do these spinning kicks.”
“Then they get you on the floor, get you down there and f*** you up. They mess you up, they get you in some headlock and your arm. I admire these guys and I respect them.”