By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH has never refused a challenge – but Britain’s top boxer has revealed his biggest fear is doing another skydive.
Froch, who is in his third reign as the world super-middleweight champion, still has nightmares after doing a 15,000ft skydive three years ago while on holiday in Cuba.
The Nottingham fighter, 35, insists he will never try the stunt again and found it scarier than walking to the ring for any of his fights, including epic battles with Andre Ward, Mikkel Kessler, Jermain Taylor, Arthur Abraham and Jean Pascal.
Froch, who defends his IBF belt against American Yusaf Mack in his home city on Saturday, admitted he was reduced to a nervous wreck before the jump.
He said: “I was in Cuba for my brother Lee’s wedding and sat by the pool when they suggested it. I said, ‘there’s no f***ing way I’m going on that bi-plane with a propeller on it and jumping out’.
“I just wanted to sunbathe and drink piña coladas. But I had an argument with my partner Rachel because I knocked one of her slush puppies over which put her in a mood, so I thought I would do it because she didn’t want me to.
“So when she went to do the bar I went to do the jump – but when I was up there I thought, ‘b******s, why am I doing this?’
“I had an instructor strapped to me and he was kissing his crucifix and crossing himself. I was just thinking ‘I hope I land safe or that’s it, life and boxing over.’
“There was a woman ahead of me and I just heard a whoosh. When I looked around she had just gone and I thought, ‘f***, I’m next’.
“It lasted about four minutes and it was scarier than any fight I’ve had. It was the scariest thing I’ve done and I’ve done some stupid things in my time on motorbikes and falling down cliffs.
“It was horrific and I will never do it again. That night I had a nightmare about it, dreaming that I was falling to my death.”
Froch is currently dreaming about breaking into the world’s top ten pound-for-pound rankings next year – and after Mack, he is scheduled to give Lucian Bute, who he destroyed in five rounds last May, a rematch in Canada on March 30.
And he is desperate to avenge the two blemishes on his record, points defeats to Ward and Kessler.
Froch is more confident of facing Ward than Kessler in 2013 and claims retirement is not on his mind.
He said: “I spoke to Kessler on the phone and I said let’s get a fight on but he changed the subject and asked me how my mum was.
“The fight with Ward will happen because he’s got nowhere to go.
“I feel I am at my physical peak. I am fighting on because I enjoy it.
“It’s just my personality, it’s just in me. It’s why some people like playing football – or love going skydiving!”