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Froch Focused on KO: I'll Be Hitting Mack With My Best!

As previously reported  on BoxingScene.com, Carl Froch will make the first defence of his IBF super-middleweight title against American Yusaf Mack on November 17.

The Nottingham veteran should enjoy a relatively straightforward task on home turf at the Capital FM Arena after winning the belt in May.

Froch, 35, destroyed unbeaten champion Lucian Bute in five rounds to snatch the title and continue a remarkable run of fights against elite opposition. Now he has been rewarded with a slightly less daunting night's work against Mack, who is ranked at number six by the IBF at light-heavyweight.

"The Bute win will go down as one of the greatest nights of my life and I plan on doing something special against Mack," Froch, a three-time world champion, said. "He's got nothing to lose coming here to face me and I know he'll put it all on the line to take the title from me so I'll be fully prepared for everything he's got and I'll be hitting him with all my best."

"He's going to be used to getting hit by bigger, stronger opponents," he said. "I boxed Glen Johnson in the Super Six tournament, in the semi-final. He was a light-heavyweight and I could tell when he was walking forward, soaking up my punches, that I wasn't going to get him out of there.

"He was just heavy and solid and strong so I need to be picking decent sparring partners that are big and strong and can take my power. We won't do anything major different but we'll gear the sparring towards big strong lads for this challenge."

Froch knows that with the home fans on his side the pressure will be on the American but insisted that the outcome was far from decided.

"I'm just looking forward to defending my title against a credible opponent and doing the best job I can."

Philadelphian Mack, 32, has a record of 31-4-2 with 17 early wins. All four of his defeats were stoppages but he has only lost to decent opposition, with an unsuccessful challenge for Tavoris Cloud's IBF light-heavyweight title last June his most recent defeat.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "I'm delighted to have secured a home defence for Carl, no-one deserves it more.

"He will be fully focused on the fight with Mack, a much bigger man who will be coming to rip that world title from his grasp."

A number of possible opponents had been speculated upon and approached by Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn, including South Africa's Thomas Oosthuizen.

Froch (29-2, 21KOs) will then have a contracted rematch with Bute next March, in the Canadian's Montreal stronghold, before setting his sights on old foe Mikkel Kessler.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 08-29-2012

How about Bute vs James DeGale for Chunkie's EBU belt, on nuetral ground IE: Germany or Denmark? Both would have to pull out the performance of a lifetime. Bute to get his career back on track & DeGale to progress…

Comment by Weebler I on 08-28-2012

[QUOTE=yoz;12459616]To be fair, [B]there were no other fights out there[/B]. He needs a stay-busy fight before the Bute rematch, and this fits the bill. It wasn't his first choice, or, indeed, his second, but its something.[/QUOTE] Not quite accurate, Bika…

Comment by yoz on 08-28-2012

[QUOTE=New England;12458908]a relatively easy fight will be great for the lengthening of froch's career, but this does bring an end to his monster run. mack is a soft touch. froch has not taken one of those since his fight with…

Comment by jhon123 on 08-28-2012

people keep making it out that froch is an ATG and one of the best supermiddleweights but if you look at all his victories his opponents in some way have been flawed etc Bute=overrated,never fought an elite levelfighter,once got knocked…

Comment by catalinul on 08-28-2012

[QUOTE=Slyboots;12459146]I wonder who Bute is gonna fight for his tune-up towards the Froch rematch.[/QUOTE] Denis Grachev. November 3rd.

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