Carl Froch says Roy Jones Jr. would have ‘absolutely hammered’ him if they ever fought

Hall of Fame boxer Carl Froch, 46, told talkSPORT that he’d have lost conclusively to Roy Jones Jr., 54, if the two had ever fought.

Froch retired after a thumping knockout win over George Groves in 2014 — the second time he scored a finish over his fellow Englishman.

Froch, throughout much of his career, ran a gauntlet of quality opposition in the super middleweight division, and shared the ring with Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward, and Lucian Bute.

He was enshrined permanently at an induction ceremony in Canastota this year for his contributions to boxing, joining Jones who was himself inducted the year before, having won multiple world championships in four weight classes.

Jones is widely heralded as one of the most athletic fighters of all time, and one who carried an unconventional yet highly effective left hook. He was fast, explosive, and decisive.

Froch, meanwhile, was battle-hardened and could never be counted out in a fight as he took on, and beat, fighters considered more technical than he was.

A match between Froch and Jones has been the stuff of fantasy in the modern era — but the Brit has weighed in to give an answer as to how such a match would go down.

“He hits ya,” said Froch. “I can’t say he wouldn't have hit me, because I get hit with shots. 

“If I'd have got my guard up, he'd have brought that guard down. He'd have been too quick with that jab and he'd have just out-worked me, with speed.” 

Froch later added: “[Jones would] have hammered me. You asked me what would have happened — he'd have beaten me up. That's what would have happened.”