Lethal Froch turns attention to revenge over Kessler or Ward after leaving super-middleweight challenger Mack in a heap
15:31 GMT, 18 November 2012
Carl Froch quickly turned his attention to a 'career-defining' 2013 after seeing off American challenger Yusaf Mack with the minimum of fuss.
Froch took over-matched Philadelphian Mack out in three rounds with two stinging body shots in Nottingham as he successfully defended his IBF super-middleweight title for the first time.
Mack, who had moved down from light-heavyweight to challenge Froch, was a rare 'soft touch' on paper after Froch's incredible run of elite-level fights in recent years.
Easily done: Carl Froch (right) battered American Yusaf Mack last night
Sealed with a kiss: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate victory
Milking the crowd: Carl Froch was in top form against Yusaf Mack
Now, though, the evergreen 35-year-old is keen to nail down his plans for next year.
He is contracted to give Lucian Bute a
rematch in Canada after battering the Romania-born former champion in
May to snatch the IBF title.
However, Bute's camp may still decide
they would rather leave the impressive Englishman well alone after the
beating he dished out last time.
That would enable Froch to make a
mandatory defence against Adonis Stevenson, whose presence in the mix
threatens to complicate his plans.
Regardless, Froch's promoter Eddie
Hearn hopes to stage an outdoor blockbuster next summer with his man
facing either Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward – the only two men to have
beaten the Briton.
'I just can't see Bute's camp wanting
to take the fight after his own performance against Denis Grachev last
time and Carl's performance,' Hearn said.
Career defining: Froch (right) hopes to line up a battle with Mikkel Kessler, one of two fighters to have beaten the fighter
More likely: Froch is more optimistic of getting revenge over Andre Ward
'If we fight Bute then we need to ask
for an exception from the IBF and Adonis Stevenson will have to wait. Or
we could fight Stevenson.
'We also want to fight Kessler.
Meanwhile, the two top things trending on Twitter on Saturday night were
Carl Froch and Andre Ward because Ward tweeted saying “I quite fancy a
trip to the UK”.
'I think he'd come. I really do. I want to do a stadium fight with Carl Froch, an outdoor fight in the summer.'
Hearn added: 'But I also want to get a
fight in the meantime. I think the reality is Bute or Stevenson then
Kessler, Ward in 2013. They're the only fights that particularly
Froch said: 'Other than fighting here
at the arena the next best thing for me would be fighting at the City
Ground. That would be unbelievable.
'To be there in the middle of that
pitch fighting somebody like Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward, I can only
try to imagine what it's going to be like. It would be phenomenal.
'For me it would be a career-defining
fight. I'd rather do that than go to Las Vegas, with all the lights and
the glitz. I'd rather be here in Nottingham, at the City Ground. That
would be “the one”.'
Froch has craved a rematch with Kessler ever since he lost a narrow points decision to the Dane in his own country in 2012.
On top: Froch put Mack on the deck several times
Smelling blood: Froch was relentless
However, he suspects the 'Viking Warrior' is keen to avoid him.
Froch said: 'I
speak to Kessler and have asked him about the fight and what he thinks
and he's umming and ahing, then he mentions a silly figure, money-wise.
'He gets paid well in Denmark to fight
mediocre fighters, so the last thing he wants to do is fight me,
especially after he was sitting ringside to watch what I did to Lucian
'He's probably thinking “you know what, I enjoy life too much – life's too short to go through that again”.
'So unless he gets paid masses of money – silly money – he's probably not going to take the fight.
'I might be wrong.'
Brutal: A Froch attack leaves Mack on the ropes
Calling it a day: Referee Phil Edwards ends proceedings in Nottingham with Mack on the canvas
Show of power: Froch attacks once more
Home support: Froch was cheered on by a partisan crowd