MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Carl Froch believes countryman Amir Khan should consider retirement following his technical knockout loss to American boxer Danny Garcia last Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Garcia knocked down Khan in the third round and twice more in the fourth, at which point referee Kenny Bayless stopped the bout.
"I would retire if that happened to me," said Froch on BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek, as quoted by RingTV. "Why? Because I am not in this sport to get beaten, knocked out or outclassed."
"It's a personal decision whether or not you retire, but to get stopped in the fourth round when you have previously been knocked out in your career, is just very, very damaging," added Froch, the reigning IBF super middleweight champion.
Khan has now lost three times in his career: he previously suffered a 54-second knockout at the hands of Breidis Prescott in 2008, and lost a disputed split decision against Lamont Peterson last December.
"I hope he can come back," Froch said. "He's got enough years left, and if he has the ambition and desire to come back, he could. He's still a good fighter."
Froch himself has lost twice in his career, once against Mikkel Kessler and again against Andre Ward.
"Although you can say I've lost twice... I've come back and beaten an unbeaten fighter, Lucian Bute, the very next time, so I'm world champion," Froch said.
Froch defeated Romanian boxer Bute via fifth round technical knockout to earn the IBF super middleweight belt.
"If I had lost to Bute, though, I would have retired. I am in this game to be at the very top and stay at the top. I’m not in this game to make up the numbers," he said.
Although Garcia was the undefeated fighter, Khan was the favorite going into the bout. He started the fight well, using his superior speed to dominate the first two rounds.
But Garcia took control in the third round, dropping Khan with a counter-left hook. Khan was able to survive the round, but the American dropped him twice more in the fourth.