By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH has been acting like a proper Charlie here this week – and he’s absolutely delighted!
Carl Froch climbs into the ring in the early hours of tomorrow morning to defend his WBC super-middleweight title against Glen Johnson.
And, in order to wind down and escape the mounting tension of this World Super Six semi-fi nal, he has been watching videos of Charlie Sheen in action!
Froch and his brother, Wayne, are fanatical Sheen followers and he has plenty of DVDs showing Sheen in the hit TV series Two and a Half Men.
The 32-year-old believes that viewing the episodes, for which Sheen earned £1m a time before recently being sacked, has put him in just the right frame of mind for the task ahead.
Froch said: “I am an avid follower of that programme and it takes my mind off things.
“Just recently Wayne was telling me how much Charlie earns per episode and reckons he has done about 180 of them!
“I was thinking, ‘Hell, that’s some money’ although I don’t think he was getting that money early on.
“My brother has the entire collection and has watched each episode about three times.
“I said to him that programmes like that are just meant to take your mind off things. That’s what I do when I’m fi ghting and training.
“When I am at home I watch a lot of TV, like Two and a Half Men or videos, just to keep my mind off boxing.
“Charlie Sheen is a top actor. He is obviously brilliant. Of course, he has his history with women as a lot of men have – but that can’t detract from the fact that he is a great actor.
“I’ve been following him ever since he did Platoon. I seem to have been watching Two and a Half Men non-stop here as Wayne puts it on all the time. It has taken my mind off the boxing.”
Froch, who has lost just one of his 28 fights, certainly looked relaxed as we spoke on the famous Boardwalk here in sunshine.
The pressure of knowing he needs to win this fight to reach the final of a competition designed to find the undisputed world super middleweight champion doesn’t seem to have got to him at all.
His last five fights have all gone the distance with just one defeat, at the hands of Mikkel Kessler in April last year, blotting his CV.
He said: “It shows I am fighting top level fighters, the very best. Someone said the other day that I had not knocked anyone out for a while.
“But look at other boxers who have had a 40-odd fight career and look at the name of boxers on their records and you would struggle to find four or five names in their whole career.
“You would pick one out here or there and say it was a tough fight. I have fought five marquee fighters in my last five bouts.
“There is no-one in the world who has fought at such a consistently high level as me over the last couple of years.
“We are talking about top-level boxers. Fights like that, you expect to go 12 rounds.
“After some boxers become world champions they want a couple of gimmees – easy fights and easy KOs, an easy night’s work and an easy payday.
“I have had it hard but, hey, I am not asking you to get the violins out for me. I signed up for this, I signed up for it and knew what was coming, I knew who was coming my way.
“But I would not want it any other way. I don’t want easy fights.
“I have dominated in all of my 27 wins and knocked out 75 percent of my opponents. That speaks for itself.”
Froch suffered a slight pre-fight scare on Thursday night when he needed hospital treatment for an ear infection. He knows that 42-year-old Johnson will be no pushover here, saying: “There is no way that I am going to under-estimate him because he is so vastly experenced.”
PREDICTION: Johnson, who has won 51 of his 67 fights, will be tough but I expect Froch to grind him down and finish him off around the 10th.