Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Froch Holding Himself Together as Moment Nears

Carl Froch will spend the final hours before tonight's Wembley ring walk battling to keep his nerves under control.

A sold-out Wembley Stadium will witness Froch's latest defence of his IBF and WBA super-middleweight belts as he aims to put to bed the controversy surrounding November's victory over bitter rival George Groves.

The 36-year-old champion is in his 12th straight world title fight and has been boxing since the age of 10.

But speaking to Sky Sports News after Saturday's check weigh-in - at which both fighters comfortably made the 178lbs limit - Froch admitted a 12-year professional career had not prepared him for the sheer size of tonight's Sky Sports Box Office spectacular.

"I'm just trying to kill the clock now until ring walk," he said. "If I think too much about the size of Wembley and the magnitude of the event it can be a little overwhelming - I've got to be honest. I've got to just keep cool and calm.

"Even at my level of experience, with all the world title fights I've been involved in, this is bigger than anything.

"If I sit and think about it I can feel my heart beating. I know tonight I'm going to be very nervous, and that's going to switch me on, so throughout the day I don't really want to think about it or talk about it too much."

While Groves had the benefit of staying in his west London home on the eve of the fight, Froch spent Friday watching films and has "a couple more" to keep him occupied over the coming hours.

Then it will be a case of channelling his nervous energy in the right way ahead of a fight he starts as favourite.

He said: "I feel strong and fit, I'm in a good place so it's just about mentally fine-tuning the final preparations.

"It's the last hour or two you've got to focus and switch on - not now or I'll burn up nervous energy all day.

"I'm not really the nervous type, but it's nerve-racking. This is a big, big fight - by far the biggest night of my life as a fighter.

"I've just got to stay cool, hold it together and stay strong."

Book Froch v Groves II: Unfinished Business here online at skysports.com/frochgroves2, via your remote. You can still order by phone on 08442 410888 but there is now a £5/€5 surcharge.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Michael Katsidis is Latest To Pursue Conor McGregor Payday Video: Andrew Tabiti Talks Career Status, Cruiserweight Division Joseph Parker Taking Klitschko Lessons in The Ring With Ruiz Video: Badou Jack Talks Kovalev-Ward, Mayweather-McGregor Gassiev: I Was Surpised at How Tough Lebedev Was, He Hits Hard Ed Brown, 25, Passes Away Sunday Following Fatal Shooting Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand Feeling Strong, Confident of Victory Video: Bermane Stiverne Discusses Alexander Povetkin Title Fight Juan Carlos Reveco Bounces Back With Wide Points Win Photos: Murat Gassiev, Denis Lebedev Wage War in Moscow Troyanovsky: I Never Saw The Punch, I Hope To Get a Rematch Murat Gassiev-Denis Lebedev: Post-Fight Report Card Saunders Admits Weight Issue, Needed 6 Months To Drop From 210 Photos: Jesus Cuellar Grinding Hard For Abner Mares Title Defense Fan Favorite Jose Ramirez Wants To Bring HBO Card To Fresno Zlaticanin: I Plan To Knock Mikey Garcia Out, He's Easy To Hit! Chavez Jr. Admits: If I Don't Beat Britsch - Then It's Time To Go! Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Looks Poor in Lackluster Akavov Win Billy Joe Saunders: I'll Do My Two Mandatories, Then a Big Fight Frank Warren Sees Bradley Skeete Going For World Title in 2017 Tony Bellew Hints That David Haye is Broke: His Life is in Turmoil! Julian Williams: I'm More Focused, I Definitely Went The Extra Mile Marcos Villasana Jr. Knocks Out Jorge Luis Rodriguez In Eight McGregor: F*** Mayweather's Manager, I Hold All The Numbers! Johnny Navarrete Shocks Jorge Paez Jr. - Retirement Looms? Ed Brown is Fighting For His Life After Being Shot in The Head Saunders: I Called Out GGG, Now I'm Embarrassed By Performance Michael Conlan: McGregor Will Carry Irish Flag at My Pro Debut Photos: Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand For Joseph Parker Showdown Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov - CompuBox Punch Stats Freddie Roach Impressed: Murat Gassiev Was a Beast in There Murat Gassiev vs. Denis Lebedev - CompuBox Punch Stats Billy Joe Saunders Struggles in Decision Win Over Artur Akavov Lolenga Mock, Sherman Williams Win in Aarhus, Denmark Jack Catterall Outpoints Diego Luque, Retains Fringe WBO Regional Lebedev Wants a Rematch: I Thought I Won or it Was a Draw Paul Butler Beats Alexander Cazares, Targets Jamie McDonnell Kubrat Pulev Batters, Stops Samuel Peter in Four Rounds Murat Gassiev Drops, Decisions Lebedev With Split Nod For IBF Belt Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement