By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH aims to make Saturday’s world title fight a hit-and-run affair as he homes in on a Las Vegas payday.
The Nottingham-based WBC world super-middleweight champion defends his title against Jamaican veteran Glen Johnson in Atlantic City, USA.
As well as being Froch’s first defence of his second reign as WBC king, it is also the semi-final of the new Super Six competition.
And if he gets past Johnson, 42, Froch will face American Andre Ward, 27, in the final in the world’s gambling capital.
“I’ve just been told by someone at Showtime that Madison Square Garden in New York is going to be under renovation for the time of the final, so they are looking at Las Vegas,” said Froch.
“It would be fantastic for the final to be at one of the big venues like the MGM and it’s a great incentive for me going into the Johnson fight.” With so much at stake Froch, 33, will be taking no chances against Johnson. He said: “I’m looking at boxing him, out-working him and out-moving him.
“I’ve been involved in my fair share of brawls but I’m not looking to do that this time.
“It’s hit and not be hit and I’m looking at putting on a boxing masterclass against Johnson, just like I did against Arthur Abraham in my last fight.
“I would be stupid to stand in front of Johnson and have a tear-up. We saw how dangerous a fighter in their forties can be last weekend when Bernard Hopkins won the world light-heavyweight title at 46.
“The way I have trained I will be able to stay out of trouble and sustain that pace for 12 rounds no problem.”
Froch’s already been on his bike in training – with his model girlfriend Rachael Cordingley.
He said: “When I was training in Nottingham, I did sprint sessions down at the track. Rachael cycled alongside me while I was sprinting to get me to go faster and for longer – and it worked.
“I also cycled with her but that wasn’t much of a work-out for me, more of a warm-up. But it helped get her in shape as well.
“She’s been doing all right recently with a few photo shoots and she’s in good shape.
“She’s smack on the weight, just like I am.
“I’m away from her and my little boy Rocky at the moment, because I’ve been in New York for the last couple of weeks, training ahead of the fight.
“It’s good to get away from home before I fight, although you should see where I am staying.
“It’s supposed to be a decent apartment but it’s a bit of a dive. I’ve got a sink and fridge – that’s it.
“I’ve got no phone line and my brother has basically been holed up in the pub down the road, it’s that bad.”