Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Carl Froch Credits Bellew For Tough Sparring in Camp

By Phil Barnett

Carl Froch believes his explosive sparring sessions with fellow Englishman Tony Bellew ahead of next week's IBF title defence against Yusaf Mack could prove to be tougher than the fight itself.

The Nottingham super-middleweight regularly trades blows with his fiery compatriot in training and despite their friendship, the pair are unashamedly spiteful inside the ring.

Froch, 35, also benefits from his connections with the Team GB set-up due to trainer Rob McCracken's role as performance director in Sheffield and regularly spars with the cream of the country's amateur talent.

Ahead of his November 17 defence against Mack in Nottingham he has worked with two former amateur stars - Commonwealth Games gold medalist Courtney Fry and ex-Olympic hopeful Callum Smith - as well as Liverpudlian hardman Bellew.

All three are natural light-heavyweights and should prepare Froch well for his meeting with Philadelphian Mack, who is dropping down from that division to attempt to spring a massive upset.

"Sometimes sparring is tougher than the actual fight," Froch told Press Association Sport. "It's very intense, especially with Tony Bellew because we don't pull any punches in there.

"We train and spar like we're fighting because that's how you need to be. You need to get that mindset and let your big shots go, because what you do in sparring and training, you do on fight night too.

"It can be very tough, but it's all part and parcel of it."

Froch added: "Courtney Fry is a light-heavyweight, Tony Bellew is a very strong light-heavyweight and Callum Smith is going to fight at super-middleweight as a professional but had stepped up to light-heavyweight as an amateur before turning pro.

"They are all big lads, tall and rangy and strong. It's a big advantage to get great sparring. It's is one of the most important aspects of your training camp and sometimes you struggle to get the sparring. You fly them in from America and they don't want to be here, you get them from Europe and stay a week before going home.

"But we've got serious fighters here who are serious about the sport and want to do well.

"Tony Bellew is on the fringes of fighting for a world title. Callum is eager, he's just turned pro and wants to show he's a contender.

"We've never used Courtney Fry for sparring before but he's tall and rangy and throws a lot of straight punches like Mack and he's bigger and heavier than me.

"So it's been brilliant to have good, all-round sparring this camp."

Froch defends the belt he won in May - with a five-round bludgeoning of Lucian Bute - at the Trent FM Arena in his native Nottingham a week on Saturday.

He does so with a slight injury inflicted by Fry in one of their recent sessions.

"I got elbowed on the nose on Friday but it's nothing serious," said 'The Cobra'.

"It's nothing serious, I got some butterfly stitches put on as a precautionary measure, more than anything else, because I didn't want it to get any worse.

"It happened in round one of the sparring session and I did a 12-round spar that day, we just patched it up and went again. It's fine and it's healed up."

Phil Barnett covers boxing for PA Sport

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IronDanHamza on 11-06-2012

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;12673064]Well, you know what I mean. Bellew has experience as a pro which is a contrast to the other 2 guys who are amateur stars.[/QUOTE] True, but Bellew has only been a pro for 5 years and has only had…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 11-06-2012

Well, you know what I mean. Bellew has experience as a pro which is a contrast to the other 2 guys who are amateur stars.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 11-06-2012

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;12673037]Sounds like good sparring. It's important to go against a veteran like Bellew but working with the young guys coming up can keep one fresh too.[/QUOTE] Tony Bellew a veteran? :lol1:

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 11-06-2012

Sounds like good sparring. It's important to go against a veteran like Bellew but working with the young guys coming up can keep one fresh too.

Comment by ddangerous on 11-06-2012

Love the Cobra.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Lomachenko: I'll Be No. 1 P4P Once I Beat Two Lightweight Champs Hughie Fury’s Trainer: He Must Rip Title Away From Joseph Parker Frank Buglioni Joins Matchroom Ahead Of March 4 Return Andy Townend, With 3/4 Win, To Face Jon Kays For Commonwealth Danny Garcia: I'm a More Patient, Balanced Fighter Than Thurman Jacobs Feels Golovkin's Hype is Built on Calculated Matchmaking Deontay Wilder, Defense Aside, Has Far Bigger Targets For 2017 Arum: Reports of Pacquiao vs. Khan Deal is Complete Bullsh*t! Roach: I Won't Count McGregor Out in Mayweather Fight Photos: Miguel Flores vs. Dat Nguyen - Official PBC on FS1 Weigh-In Christian Montano Inks Managerial Pact With Cameron Dunkin De La Hoya Expects Canelo vs. Chavez To Break 1 Million PPV Buys Canelo: Rivalry is Legit, Chavez Jr. Said A lot of Things About Me Jose Uzcategui vs. Andre Dirrell IBF Eliminator in Play Chavez: They Say Canelo is The Best, A Win Opens Many Doors Chocolatito Focused on Improving Defense, Speed in Camp Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in Mexico City Lomachenko 'A Little Disappointed' He's Not Fighting Salido Next Sergey Lipinets To Return on Thurman vs. Garcia Undercard Chavez Sr: You've Seen The Best of Canelo, Not Julio - He Will Win Video: Izu Ugonoh Interview, Training For Dominic Breazeale Two Rio Olympians Ready To Be Showcased on Telemundo Jose Pedraza Eyes 135 Debut in May or June, Robert Easter Shot Michael Watson "Overwhelmed" By Support After Vicious Attack Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. Come Together in Mexico City Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Yunieski Gonzalez in Play, April 8 on HBO Marco Huck Training With Urkal For Mairis Briedis Showdown Pearson vs. DeLoach Tops ShoBox Triple on February 24 Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. - Ticket Information Klitschko: Fury Played Mental Games With Me, Destroyed Himself Ugonoh's Coach: A Win Over Breazeale Could Lead To Wilder Scott Quigg Leaves Joe Gallagher, Teams Up With Freddie Roach Trainer: Chavez Jr. Will Face The Best Possible Version of Canelo! Chad Dawson: Adonis Stevenson is NOT a Real World Champion! Adrien Broner-Adrian Granados: Post-Fight Report Card Rakeem Noble: Beating Tommy Coyle Opens Doors For Me Frankie Gavin Leaves Max McCracken, Joins Eastside Gym Ivan Dychko Turns Pro, Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch Tommy Coyle To Face Rakeem Noble In Hull; Kofi Yates Out Haye: I Know I Can Beat Joshua, I Want To Fight Him Next
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement