Froch given EIS honour ahead of bout

Carl Froch
Carl Froch

World boxing champion Carl Froch has been inducted into the Hall of Champions at the Sheffield sports venue where he trains.

The 36-year-old, who takes on George Groves this weekend at Wembley, has been using Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport to put the finishing touches to his preparations.

And ahead of Saturday’s huge fight, Froch was inducted into the venue’s Hall of Champions, which already includes the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua, who also train at the EIS.

Froch, from Nottingham, is the reigning WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion. He said: “It’s brilliant to be in the Hall of Champions.

“You forget what you have achieved over the years so it really nice to be able to celebrate my success.

“To be alongside athletes like Jess, Nicola and Anthony is amazing and it really does inspire me to walk past the Hall of Champions and know that they also train here. It means a lot.”

Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV, added: “We have a great relationship with boxing and having pros like Carl training alongside the amateur GB squad is a hugely successful model.

“The achievements of Carl can only inspire the GB men’s and women’s squads to further success. He has certainly earned his place in the Hall of Champions.”

Squash star Nick Matthew and double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes are among other sporting superstars who have been honoured at the EIS.