Every fighter has his weakness, even a four-time world ­champ like Carl Froch.
He may have a granite chin and a punch Barry McGuigan says would “knock down a horse”, but Carl has no doubt what his Achilles heel is – his children.
At home the boxer is a big softie who struggles not to spoil his son Rocco, four, and two-year-old daughter Natalia.
Now, becoming a dad for the third time could be the big moment that ends his glittering career.
He relinquished his WBA world super-middleweight title last week after not making a defence in the last year, has no fights scheduled and his promoter Eddie Hearn said at the weekend we may never see the man nicknamed the Cobra in the ring again.
Carl revealed his fiancee Rachael Cordingley is four months pregnant and that has made him rethink the risks he takes with every bout.
The 37-year-old, Nottingham-born fighter says: “I’m really excited about becoming a dad again. My kids are the best thing that ever happened to me and I feel so lucky that my family is growing.
“But it makes you think, do I really want to get back in the ring and risk everything? After all, you are getting punched in the head for a living.
“Before I never thought about getting injured. But now I worry what will happen if I’m not here for them.”

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