Carl Froch has declared himself Britain's best boxer as he bids to be crowned the world's top super-middleweight on Saturday.
The WBC champion from Nottingham meets WBA champion Andre Ward in the final of the innovative Super Six tournament in Atlantic City hoping to do what fellow Britons Amir Khan and David Haye could not.
Khan lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight belts to Lamont Peterson last weekend while Froch's friend Haye came up well short against heavyweight rival Wladimir Klitschko in the summer.
Froch can lay claim to being the world's best super-middleweight if he beats unbeaten American Ward at the Boardwalk Hall but insists he does not care about public recognition.
"I am the top fighter in Britain at the minute," he said. "If people want to give me credit for what I have achieved, then great. If they don't, I'm not bothered.
"I have gone past that stage of caring what people say about me."
Froch believes Khan deserved to lose the split decision verdict against Peterson in Washington.
However, he remains wary of leaving Saturday's outcome in the hands of the judges.
"You can't trust any judges," he said.
"We are doing what we can in the build-up and I do appreciate judges and referees have a job to do. But, ideally, you cannot leave a fight verdict in the hands of the judges. They will do anything they can if it is a close fight to give him the decision.
"I am fighting away in this tournament for the umpteenth time. I am back in Atlantic City to fight an American in America against their golden-boy superstar. So they all want him to win.
"In my fight against Glen Johnson in Atlantic City I couldn't believe that one of the judges, a Japanese fella, scored it a draw. It wasn't even close. Even Glen admitted that, and his manager, Lou DiBella, said it wasn't close.
"After what happened to Amir, of course I am concerned. But I am a fighter and I will go in there to stop him."
Carl Froch has vowed to repay his loyal followers for their support when he aims to unify the two world titles.
The initial October 29 date had to be postponed when Ward suffered a cut in training and Froch is particularly grateful for the support of those Britons who are still backing him having lost out financially first time around.
Froch (28-1, 20KO wins) came face to face with unbeaten Californian Ward (24-0, 13KO wins) at the final fight press conference in New York on Tuesday and made it clear he is ready to fight.
"The time for talking is most definitely over," he said. "I'm going to do my talking in the ring on December 17.
"It's a cliche, but trust me, I've had a great response from the British fans - and the American fans.
"Hundreds, nearly a thousand actually, of people are flying over from England and it's taken me by surprise, being so close to Christmas.
"They have dug deep and I want to say a big thanks to them and say I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what you see on Saturday night."
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