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Former boxing world champion Carl Froch to pursue acting career

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Carl Froch has reiterated his desire to remain retired from the boxing ring and is instead planning on pursuing a career as an actor.

The four-time super-middleweight world champion last fought in May 2014 when he defeated George Groves at Wembley Stadium, and despite frequently speaking of his temptation to make a comeback he has been taking lessons in how to act.

He is convinced he could still succeed in the boxing ring but is considering appearing alongside Jason Statham in a three-part crime series, assuming the role of his "wing man", a move not dissimilar to one his friend David Haye was said to be interested in when he first entered retirement.

"I'm dipping my toe in the water for a bit of acting," Froch, 38, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I've just been reading the script [on Friday] morning, so it may come to fruition or it may not.

"It's crime in London, it's all going off and there's terrorists going off, and Jason's tackling it through the Metropolitan Police.

"I think about a comeback every day, but I am realistic.

"I am 40 years old next year. It is not just the fight, it is the 12-week training camp, the intensity, the dieting, and then being away from my kids.

"But as a retired athlete, I still look at the super-middleweight division and think: 'James DeGale -- I can beat him. George Groves -- I beat him at Wembley in front of 80,000 people'."