Advertisement
Advertisement

Mack: Carl Froch Had His Time, Now It's My Time!

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

YUSAF MACK believes the survival skills he picked up on the streets of Philadelphia can make him a world champion tomorrow.

The 32-year-old challenges IBF super-middleweight belt holder Carl Froch at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham and is bursting with confidence.

It’s the third time he will have attempted to relieve someone of a world title, failing on his two previous occasions.

However, he now feels his time has finally arrived and puts his optimism down to the toughness he had to acquire while growing up as a kid in the tough area of West Philly.

In fact, things were so bad that seven of his pals were killed in a massacre at a drug den there in 2000 – just 300 yards from the gym where he was training.

He said: “It was terrible and 10 people were killed. It was a drug house. People went in there and robbed it and they killed ­everybody.”

His father died three years ago from sclerosis of the liver and Yusaf also had to suffer the loss of his brother Steven, who was shot in a robbery.

He said: “I always say that somebody from my neighborhood has got to make it. I feel like I’m the only one and have to do what I gotta do.

“You needed to be strong. I feel I have been through a lot but this is my time.

“Froch has had his time. He had his world title shot. Now it’s my time, after what I’ve been through.”

Mack’s last title tilt was at the IBF light-heavyweight belt in June last year, but despite doing well in the early rounds, he lost in the eighth to Tavoris Cloud.

Mack has a record of 31-4-2 (17 KOs) and says that now he is ready to finally deliver the goods by landing a world title.

He said: “I’ve let my kids down too many times, by telling them I’m going to win a fight and then coming up short.

“But I came up short those ­other times because of me. This time my whole thing is to win.

“I failed those other tests, but this time I’m going to get myself 100 per cent. It’s past due. My time is past due.”

Froch is the overwhelming 33-1 on favourite to successfully defend his crown, but Mack is not worried about being a lengthy 9-1 chance.

He added: “I have always been the underdog, I like being the ­underdog. I’m strong, I’ve got dancing feet. I have got to prove to myself, nobody else, that I ­deserve to be here.

“I’m here for a reason – and to prove it, I have got to beat this guy.

“People may have doubts about me, but I am fighting for my life. I’m leaving it all in the ring. I am ready for it.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1prodz on 11-16-2012

Froch by severe destruction in 6

Comment by sako5 on 11-16-2012

Yeah, it's your time to get absolutely KTFOed, Mack. :boxing:

Comment by JKidd2624 on 11-16-2012

Can't wait for the highlight reel KO Froch will lay on him!

Comment by any craic lad? on 11-16-2012

Mack won't make it passed the 6th

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Mikey Garcia Drops Elio Rojas Four Times For TKO in Five Tony Harrison Stops Sergey Rabchenko in IBF Eliminator LIVE HBO Latino Results From Indio, California Photo: Golovkin Heads To London To Face Off With Kell Brook Leo Santa Cruz: I Saw Defects in Quigg Win, I'll Catch Frampton! Paulie Malignaggi Beats Gabe Bracero in Battle of Brooklyn Tevin Farmer Dominates Ivan Redkach For Decision Win Josh Warrington Stops Patrick Hyland, in Line For Gary Russell Frampton: Santa Cruz is Definitely a Bigger Fight Than Quigg Robert Garcia: Mikey is Only 28, His Prime is Still Ahead McGuigan: No Size Advantage for Santa Cruz vs. Frampton Dillian Whyte Dominates David Allen, Wins WBC Regional Belt Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton: Pre-Fight Report Card Michel Soro, Hassan N'Dam Batter Opponents in France Luke Campbell Survives Knockdown, Beats Mendez For WBC Silver Santa Cruz vs. Frampton LIVE Results From Barclays Tyrone Nurse Outpoints Tommy Coyle in Cracker To Retain Mikey Garcia's Coach: We'd Love Terence Crawford in The Future! Leo Santa Cruz: The Pressure Is On Me In Carl Frampton Fight Ryan Burnett, Yafai, Gavin, Eggington, Feigenbutz Win in Leeds SHO’s Espinoza: Santa Cruz-Frampton Part of Unofficial Tourney Paulie Malignaggi: I’d Love To End My Career in Brooklyn Michel Soro Returns To Action in Le Cannet, France McGuigan: Santa Cruz Facing Frampton Because of Gonzalez Fight Frampton’s Promoter Eyes Russell, Selby Next - No Quigg, or Rigo Photos: Adonis Stevenson Blasts Williams Hard - MEGA Gallery Santa Cruz Expects Carl Frampton To Out-Weigh Him In Ring Mikey Garcia: If No Layoff, I Definitely Would Be a Big Star Berto Wouldn’t Be A Gimme For Danny Garcia, Says Showtime VP Adonis Stevenson-Thomas Williams: Post-Fight Report Card Frampton Must Defy Conventional Wisdom To Upset Santa Cruz Bracero on Malignaggi Bout: I'm Fighting For My Dreams, Future Jose Roman, Ruben Villa Batter Opponents at The Doubletree McGuigan: Frampton Has Been After Santa Cruz Since 2013 Canelo Smiles: I Ran From Golovkin? He's Fought NOBODY! Santa Cruz vs. Russell Much Better Fight; Both Want Selby Next Frank Warren: Frampton Left 122 With Rigondeaux Clash Marquez Has No Regrets Over Cotto Position, Retirement Near Adonis Stevenson With Vicious Knockout of Williams in Four
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement