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Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler set for unification bout worth 4m

Froch and Kessler set for mouth-watering unification bout with 4m prize pool

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19:01 GMT, 20 December 2012

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will share a staggering 4million pot when they clash for a second time in a mouthwatering unification showdown next year.

The bout is likely to take place at the O2 in London in May, although the Manchester Arena, which last month hosted Ricky Hatton's comeback fight, has not been ruled out.

And such is the scale of the fight, Sky Sports are expected to be convinced to return to pay-per-view for the first time in almost two years after David Haye's limp defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg last summer.

Momentous: Carl Froch (left) will face Mikkel Kessler with a 4m pool

Momentous: Carl Froch (left) will face Mikkel Kessler with a 4m pool

Froch narrowly lost to Kessler in the Super Six tournament two years ago in Denmark and the 35-year-old has been desperate to avenge the defeat ever since.

The IBF super-middleweight world champion hopes victory over the Dane will set him up for another rematch with American star Andre Ward as he bids to put right the only two losses on his record.

Quids in: The fight is so big that Sky will return to pay-per-view

Quids in: The fight is so big that Sky will return to pay-per-view

Lucian Bute, who lost his world title to Froch in May, wants his own rematch but is prepared to step aside to allow his conqueror to face Kessler.

The Canadian will continue his comeback from the brutal defeat in Nottingham by having a warm-up fight in the meantime.

Kessler, 33, became a world champion for the fifth time earlier this month when he stopped Northern Ireland's Brian Magee on home soil and will put his WBA belt on the line against Froch.

George Groves beats Glen Johnson on points

No KO but Groves shows class as he overcomes veteran Johnson to defend title

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02:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

George Groves came through the toughest test of his career to retain his Commonwealth super-middleweight title with a unanimous points win over veteran Glen Johnson.

Groves, 24, was stepping up to world class level for the first time as a professional and showed his class from the opening bell.

Florida-based Jamaican Johnson, 43, displayed his renowned toughness but was comprehensively beaten on the scorecards by margins of 120-107 twice and 119-109.

Champion: George Groves celebrates his victory over Glen Johnson with David Haye (left)

Champion: George Groves celebrates his victory over Glen Johnson with David Haye (left)

Groves has endured a frustrating year, fighting just once before tonight due to a succession of injuries.

The Londoner twice saw a rematch with Scot Kenny Anderson cancelled while a world title challenge against then WBO champion Robert Stieglitz was also called off.

Groves' inactivity saw him stripped of his British belt which was belatedly won by Anderson when he stopped Robin Reid in October.

His only previous fight this year was a sixth-round stoppage of Francisco Sierra in California in July but a cut suffered in the third session kept him out of action until tonight.

Johnson on the other hand announced his retirement after losing a unanimous 10-round decision to Andrzej Fonfara in July, only to reverse his decision and travel to England for the fifth time in his 71-fight career.

A former world champion at light heavyweight, Johnson is best known on these shores for his trilogy with Clinton Woods but more recently he showed his stubborn resistance against Carl Froch and Lucian Bute in unsuccessfully challenging for their respective world titles.

After winning his first 32 contests as
a professional, Johnson was beaten for the first time, and stopped for
the only time, by Bernard Hopkins in 1997.

Resilient: Johnson (left) withstood the pressure and lost on a points decision

Resilient: Johnson (left) withstood the pressure and lost on a points decision

The defeat took its toll as Johnson lost eight of his subsequent 14 bouts before winning the IBF title from Woods.

Sensational wins over Roy Jones Jnr and Antonio Tarver followed although the latter would go on to exact revenge six months later.

Since then, Johnson has been unable to win another world title but along with his battles with Froch and Bute, he has also pushed Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud to the final bell.

And despite losing for the 18th time, he did the same to Groves.

After a tentative opening to the first round, Groves rocked Johnson with a powerful right hand and the visitor spent the remainder of the round tucked up on the ropes as the champion launched assault after assault.

Groves had said in the build-up that he intended to make a statement by stopping Johnson and he drew his adversary into a war in the second session.

But any suggestion that the challenger
would slink off quietly into the night were quickly rubbished as he
began to turn the tide with some punishing body shots.

It
was more of the same in the third round but Groves gradually began to
pick his punches more effectively thanks to his superior footwork. He
did so again in the next session and looked to have Johnson in trouble
with a right hook downstairs.

Punishing: Johnson scored some body shots which were tricky for Groves to deal with

Punishing: Johnson scored some body shots which were tricky for Groves to deal with

The frenetic pace relented in the fifth stanza, although caution was again thrown to the wind in the final thirty seconds as the pair planted their feet and traded.

It was Johnson who served up a reminder of his power as the fight reached the halfway point, momentarily stopping Groves in his tracks.

But the favourite responded brilliantly, rocking the veteran with a left to the body and a right to the head before laying siege until the bell sounded.

Groves sensed blood at the start of
the seventh but Johnson never stopped coming forward, removing any
lingering doubt over his motivation for extending his long career.

Rounds
eight and nine were tight affairs but Groves landed the more eye
catching blows as his right hand induced a slight swelling under his
opponent's left eye.

As the
fight entered the final quarter, the inevitability of it going the
distance grew. Groves was ahead by an unassailable margin and knowing
Johnson needed a knockout to win, he worked efficiently in the
penultimate round, refusing to be drawn in as he had been earlier.

Onwards and upwards: Groves expects to be back in action in February in London

Onwards and upwards: Groves expects to be back in action in February in London

But it was Groves who finished with a flourish, rocking Johnson with a left hook before a right hand sent him to the canvas after a sustained barrage on the ropes.

Johnson was up quickly and the bell sounded immediately after the restart.

Groves, who will be back in action in London in February, admitted he had thrown everything at the durable Johnson in what was his finest performance to date.

'I'm delighted with that performance. Glen Johnson is without doubt the toughest opponent I've faced,' he said.

'I've never hit someone so hard, so often and so clean yet seen them keep coming. I learnt a lot from that fight.

'I made a few mistakes but I believe I showed composure and class to correct them and change the fight.

'I shot my bolt a few times and emptied the tank. I landed flush shots and it looked like he was completely gone, but he survived.

'The bell saved him on one or two occasions. It was about recovering and picking my openings.'

Carl Froch wants Mikkel Kessler before Lucian Bute

Give me Kessler first! Froch wants revenge on Dane before Bute rematch

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00:40 GMT, 14 December 2012

Carl Froch will put his rematch with Lucian Bute on hold in order to avenge his defeat to Mikkel Kessler.

The IBF world super-middleweight champion was due to face Bute in Canada in March but hopes to put that on the backburner.

He will instead target Kessler, who won his fifth world title against Brian Magee last Saturday, and who beat Froch in the Super Six tournament two years ago.

Battle: Kessler's unanimous points win is one of two defeats for Carl Froch

Battle: Kessler's unanimous points win is one of two defeats for Carl Froch

Froch, 35, hopes to tempt the Dane to England in May, with Nottingham Forest’s City Ground a possible venue.

‘We have spoken to (promoter) Kalle Sauerland a dozen times in the last week and we’re very close to making the fight,’ Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn told BBC Five Live.

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Dominant: Froch overwhelmed Bute with a fifth-round stoppage when the pair first met

He added: ‘We’ve also been talking to Lucian Bute and they want the fight in March but I don’t think that fight will happen. We’ve got a burning desire to fight Mikkel Kessler and that’s a huge fight for Britain.

‘It’s a chance to avenge one of only two fights in his career. We’re doing everything we can to get that fight done, we’re looking at May.’

Froch, who won his third world title with a brutal knockout of Bute in May, also hopes to face American Andre Ward next year after losing to the WBA and WBC champion in the Super Six final last December.

Mikkel Kessler promises to fight Carl Froch

Kessler promises to fight Froch 'any time, any place' as Cobra targets revenge mission

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11:51 GMT, 20 November 2012

Mikkel Kessler has vowed to rip Carl Froch's world title away for a second time after the Cobra set his sights on a rematch with the Dane next summer.

The Nottingham super-middleweight brought an abrupt end to the challenge of American Yusaf Mack on Saturday to retain his IBF belt.

Froch now hopes to line up a mouth-watering triple header with Lucian Bute, Kessler and Andre Ward over the next 12 months.

On a mission: Carl Froch (right) crushed the challenge of Yusaf Mack

On a mission: Carl Froch (right) crushed the challenge of Yusaf Mack

The 35-year-old suffered his first professional defeat to Kessler in 2010 when he was dethroned as WBC champion in the Super Six tournament.

Kessler, 33, faces Brian Magee in December for the WBA title but will then turn his attentions to his old adversary.

'Don't you worry, Carl,' he said. 'I beat you once and I will beat you again. Enjoy your belt while you have it. And let me take care of business against Brian Magee first.

Remarch: Froch now wants to avenge his defeat to Mikkel Kessler (left)

Remarch: Froch now wants to avenge his defeat to Mikkel Kessler (left)

'Of course I am ready to fight you again, any time, any place, especially if Andre Ward is too scared to leave his backyard.

'That was a good win for you, congratulations. Keep it up and I am sure we will meet again.'

Carl Froch wants to fight Andre Ward or Mikkel Kessler

Lethal Froch turns attention to revenge over Kessler or Ward after leaving super-middleweight challenger Mack in a heap

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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

Easily done: Carl Froch (right) battered American Yusaf Mack last night

Sealed with a kiss: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate victory

Sealed with a kiss: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate victory

Milking the crowd: Carl Froch was in top form against Yusaf Mack

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

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

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
interest us.'

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

On top: Froch put Mack on the deck several times

Smelling blood: Froch was relentless

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
Bute.

'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

Brutal: A Froch attack leaves Mack on the ropes

Calling it a day: The referee ends proceedings in Nottingham with Mack prostrate

Calling it a day: Referee Phil Edwards ends proceedings in Nottingham with Mack on the canvas

Show of power: Froch attacks once more

Show of power: Froch attacks once more

Home support: Froch was cheered on by a partisan crowd

Home support: Froch was cheered on by a partisan crowd

Carl Froch could box into his 40s

Cobra will be deadly in his 40s as Froch considers extending phenomenal career

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22:01 GMT, 16 November 2012

As Carl Froch goes into his ninth successive world title fight the motivation for him to do a number on an American with nine kids has been intensified by the prospect of dominating British boxing deep into his 40s.

Nine more years From the age of 35 The new Bernard Hopkins Not impossible says the trainer who has helped develop Froch into the indisputable pound-for-pound king of the British ring.

Rob McCracken, who also coached the UK boxing team to its glittering medal haul at the London Olympics, believes Froch has honed himself into the ultimate fighting machine. He expects him to demonstrate as much in Nottingham this evening against American challenger Yusaf Mack, who is little known here but is a tough product of the mean streets of Philadelphia.

Into battle: Carl Froch (left) takes on Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

Into battle: Carl Froch (left) takes on Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

McCracken says: ‘Carl has reached the stage where he is up there now with the best British fighters of all time. Look at who he’s fought (Jean Pascal, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler, Glen Johnson, Andre Ward, Lucian Bute) one after the other. He’s beaten most of them and he’s a three-time world champion.’

Even the two losses have played their part in creating a super-middleweight now being described as ‘a beast’ in the ring. Kessler had home-town advantage in a close decision. Andre Ward, in the fight which established him as third in the world pound-for-pound rankings behind Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, reminded Froch never again to go into a fight with his mind on anything other than the hard job at hand.

‘Carl has promised me that from now on he will always be 100 per cent focused every time he gets into the ring,’ says McCracken. ‘He wasn’t right against Ward but you saw the real Cobra when he destroyed Bute to win his third world belt.’

Demolition job: Froch beat Lucian Bute to win the world title

Demolition job: Froch beat Lucian Bute to win the world title

A repeat of that performance — in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,000 and a live Sky TV audience — will make Mack pay for this pre-fight jibe: ‘Froch is just a fake Joe Calzaghe.’

Very few believe that any longer and Mike Tyson, no other, now calls Froch ‘a great fighter who I love to watch and who can beat anyone in the world if he just tightens up his defence a little.’ Ward included Tyson believes so.

As does McCracken and the possibility of proving them right is driving Froch through tonight’s encounter with Mack and on towards re-matches with Bute and Kessler which should lead to a chance of avenging that one clear loss.

And then through the 40 barrier ‘Rob wants me to do it,’ says Froch. ‘I’m the one who has to do the fighting. But why not Age is a number. I live right. No smoking, no drinking, no putting on weight. I feel great. A lot of my recent fights looked like wars but I haven’t taken too much punishment.

Made it: Froch weighs in as he bids to defend his super middleweight title

Made it: Froch weighs in as he bids to defend his super middleweight title

'I was a late starter in the pros and I’m fresh. As long as I’m loving it I’ll keep doing it. And right now I’m loving it.’ There are echoes there of Hopkins, who will be 48 when he has what is being advertised as his farewell fight in New York next March.

McCracken says: ‘Carl is a natural born fighter who keeps himself in such tremendous shape that there’s no sign yet of any limit on his time in boxing.’

Mack is about to discover as much and I expect Froch to negotiate some technically awkward early rounds, then inflict a stoppage around the eighth.

Froch-Mach is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 8 pm tonight.

Carl Froch

Carl Froch: I won"t take Yusaf Mack for granted

Froch insists he won't take Mack for granted despite having one eye on bigger challenges ahead against Bute, Kessler and Ward

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16:25 GMT, 16 November 2012

Carl Froch is not worried about failing to live up to expectations in Nottingham on Saturday night, believing he has it in his armoury to produce another memorable occasion.

Froch enjoyed arguably the defining night of his career at the Capital FM Arena on May 27, destroying the previously unbeaten Lucian Bute inside five rounds to become the super-middleweight world champion for a third time.

The 35-year-old has gradually become a crowd favourite over the course of his career, and in stopping Bute to claim the IBF title he will defend against Yusaf Mack, he stood firmly in the spotlight.

Weigh in: Carl Froch (centre left) and Yusaf Mack (centre right) fight on Saturday night

Weigh in: Carl Froch (centre left) and Yusaf Mack (centre right) fight on Saturday night

Mack is not as feared an opponent as Bute was, though, and Froch enters this bout as the overwhelming favourite, with Mack carrying a record of 31-4-2, meaning that another explosive event may not be guaranteed.

'I'll just do what I do,' Froch said. 'The crowd are already turning up, we've got a packed arena and obviously, Lucian Bute is a different opponent. He was an unbeaten fighter and I was the underdog and I shocked the world that night.

'People know what to expect and I'm expecting a fantastic night.'

Froch takes great pride from having won a world title on three different occasions and has a resume that would be the envy of many a champion.

Over the last four years he has taken on a stellar cast of punchers, starting with Jean Pascal, going on to Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson, Andre Ward and ending with Bute.

Brit of alright: The Nottingham Cobra destroyed Lucian Bute to win the IBF super-middleweight belt

Brit of alright: The Nottingham Cobra destroyed Lucian Bute to win the IBF super-middleweight belt

Kessler and Ward were the only ones to better him – the two losses of his 31-fight career – and rematches with the pair, as well as a second shot at Bute, are being eyed up for 2013.

Froch, though, knows none of that can be possible without beating Mack.

'I went through one of the biggest tournaments in the world, the Super Six, where I knew who I was fighting for the next five fights, so you've always got your eye on your next opponent,' he said.

'That said, you can't take someone like Yusaf Mack for granted. I am looking at the future, but that's nothing new for me.

'I was in the amateur game for many years, boxed at the top level and had a massive pedigree. I've been a professional for 10 years and nothing is going to faze me.

Boxers in boxers: Froch shows off his patriotic pants

Grand: Froch at the Albert Hall in Nottingham

Boxers in boxers: Froch shows off his patriotic pants at the grand Albert Hall in Nottingham

'I'm not going to be complacent or lackadaisical, to take my eye off Yusaf Mack. I know I've got a job to do and I know that job could be a difficult one tomorrow night.'

With his penchant for taking on such punishing fights, Froch is surprising many by getting better as he grows older.

Bouts against Kessler, Ward and Bute next year would no doubt be one of his toughest-ever assignments as well, but he is confident he has the body and the game to keep going.

'It's two fights a year, so that's not the end of the world, and I don't take many punches,' he said.
'I live cleanly between fights. It's how you abuse or treat your body between fights that determines your longevity. I'm a clean liver, a consummate professional, I don't eat rubbish food, I don't drink and I don't smoke.

Return of the Mack: The American does not possess a fearsome record but Froch is still wary of his opponent

Return of the Mack: The American does not possess a fearsome record but Froch is still wary of his opponent

'Physically I was a late developer and I feel like a young 35. I feel in my prime, at my peak and as long as I have the desire to train in the gym, there's no reason why I can't go on until I'm 39, 40 years old. I'm not saying I want to, but physically I think I'm going to be able to.'

For his part, Mack has had little to say this week, having earlier branded Froch as a 'fake Joe Calzaghe'.

The 32-year-old was muted when the two met on Tuesday, saying little more than: 'I am ready to rumble. I've been the underdog all my life. I am ready. I've been training hard. He says he is fit, but I am fitter and stronger.'

Carl Froch three fights Lucian Bute Andre Ward, Mikkel Kessler boxing Powell Sky pay per view

Froch lines up hat-trick of classy fights as Sky get ready to go back into the ring with pay per view boxing

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21:00 GMT, 1 November 2012

Carl Froch is planning an epic trilogy of fights next year which will cement his status as a ring legend.

Froch, not content with having come through the most demanding series of challenges in the history of British boxing, is closing in on deals to take on Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward, starting next March.

The centrepiece will be the rematch with Kessler at Nottingham Forest football ground in high summer. Not only could that well be the sporting highlight of 2013 – a year devoid of major football tournaments as well as being a post-Olympics anti-climax – but it is likely to bring back boxing as a major pay-per-view attraction on Sky Television.

Froch on his way to defeat - one of only two in his career - to the outstanding Andre Ward (right) in Atlantic City in 2011

Froch on his way to defeat – one of only two in his career – to the outstanding Andre Ward (right) in Atlantic City in 2011

Froch (right) on top against Canada's Jean Pascal during the WBC super-middleweight title bout at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham in 2008

Froch (right) on top against Canada's Jean Pascal during the WBC super-middleweight title bout at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham in 2008

Jermain Taylor feels the force of Froch's power during their WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand in 2009

Jermain Taylor feels the force of Froch's power during their WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand in 2009

Sky have shied away from the pay TV element since the chronic disappointment of David Hayes' surrender to Vladimir Klitschko. But the high earning commercial element of pay-per-view for fighters is important to this hard old game.

With all that on the line, Froch insists there will be 'no complacency' when he defends his IBF World Super middleweight title in his home town, Nottingham, on Saturday week, November 17.

His American opponent, Yusuf Mack, is not widely known here, but the Cobra says: 'He is quick and a better fighter than people might imagine. Obviously, with so much else at stake, I'm setting about the job properly but then again I never do anything else. It's not in my nature.

'The one time I took training just a little easy early in my career, I really had to struggle. I learned that night that there is no half way in getting ready for any fight. You either do the work or you don't and if you don't, you can walk into a nasty surprise.'

Froch trains in Nottingham ahead of his fight against Andre Dirrell

Froch trains in Nottingham ahead of his fight against Andre Dirrell

After his stunning defeat of Bute in Nottingham to win the IBF belt – and join the elite club of three-time World champions – Froch is happy to go to the Romanian's adopted Montreal for the return match he promised.

Bute will have almost 20,000 roaring home fans but is bound to be psychologically weakened by the beating he took in Nottingham.

After that, Froch is eager to avenge his marginal defeat to Kessler in Denmark, the first of his two losses in a warrior career.

That fight was a dramatic thriller and Froch says: 'The rematch is perfect for a huge open-air crowd and a massive TV audience. I know that I can beat Mikkel next time.'

That will bring him to the more complex return fight with Andre Ward, by whom he was outpointed in America in the final of the Super Six series.

Ward is now ranked in the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He is an exceptional defensive operator in the Floyd Mayweather idiom, and Froch says: 'I'm not stupid. I know that it will be the most difficult of all these fights, if not the most exciting spectacle because of his style.

It's not all about brute power: Froch at home with his son Rocco

It's not all about brute power: Froch at home with his son Rocco

Topless: Froch with his girlfriend Rachael in Nottingham

Topless: Froch with his girlfriend Rachael in Nottingham

'But although he is awkward, he is a world class fighter. However, I didn't perform at my best against him. If I am at the peak of my game, as I was against Bute, I believe I can avenge that defeat, also.'

Although 35, Froch adds: 'I didn't want to end my career on the defeat by Ward. Although people might say that it would be great to go out after winning these three fights we've got planned, I don't see it necessarily leading to my retirement.

'If I win and my body still feels good, I would want to defend the unified title. Why would I stop unless I have to I can look after my portfolio of properties in Nottingham and take the kids to school for plenty of years ahead.

'Like every other fighter, I can only box for so long. So the real question is why stop doing something you love'

With such a mouth-watering sequence of bouts now in the offing, the British public – who are at last giving Froch the recognition he deserves, we'll hope to see the Cobra spitting venom for two or three more years to come.

Froch talks at home to Sportsmail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell.

Froch talks at home to Sportsmail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell.

Carl Froch-Nathan Cleverly fight won"t happen – Eddie Hearn

Froch-Cleverly fight won't happen, says Hearn as promoter blasts offer as 'publicity stunt'

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 6 September 2012

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16:53 GMT, 6 September 2012

Carl Froch will never face Nathan Cleverly with the IBF super-middleweight champion's promoter Eddie Hearn describing an offer for them to meet as a publicity stunt.

Promoter Frank Warren contacted Hearn, boss of Matchroom, stating he was willing to pay Froch 1million to challenge for Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight title in Cardiff.

While Hearn admits the figure is accurate, he insists even a sum several times that amount would fail to persuade Froch to leave a high-quality division full of big names.

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Once the 35-year-old from Nottingham has negotiated his title defence against Yusaf Mack in November, he is being lined up for rematches against Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler.

'We must have stated a dozen times it would be impossible for Carl Froch to move up to light-heavyweight,' Hearn said.

'He starts camp at 12stones 4lbs. He'd be fighting blokes at 190lbs in the ring.

'He's world super-middleweight champion and will be defending his super-middleweight title against Yusaf Mack.

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

'Then it's Bute and Kessler, after that he may hang up his gloves.

'They could offer 10million, the fight isn't going to happen. The money's irrelevant.

'Anyway, the offer they made us was probably half of what I'd pay Carl for the same fight. 'I told Carl about it last night and he laughed. Carl feels sorry for Nathan and thinks he's a good young fighter.

'My advice to Cleverly would be forget about Froch, he's a legend. You're not even at the races with him. Focus on Tony Bellew.

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

'By sending the email, they can say they made us a huge offer. It gets people talking about their fighters.

'When you don't have a major broadcaster behind you, you need some cheap free publicity and that's what this is…a publicity stunt.

'I might email Sugar Ray Leonard at the weekend to see if he wants to come out of retirement to fight Froch and tell everyone that Sugar Ray turned down a massive offer.'

Cleverly has faced criticism for the quality of his opponents since being crowned WBO champion. Victory over unknown American Tommy Karpency has hardly enhanced his reputation and next month's showdown with Ukrainian former world title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov is equally uninspiring.

'I feel sorry for Nathan Cleverly, he's a nice kid. But look at the opponents he keeps facing, they're horrific,' Hearn said.

'You can't talk about Bernard Hopkins and Froch when you're fighting guys like Tommy Karpency and Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Warren's efforts to tempt Froch, Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler and Beibut Shumenov into fighting Cleverly have been frustrated.

'Froch, Hopkins and Shumenov are the three big names we really tried to get something sorted out with but unfortunately it was not to be,'

Warren said. 'Hopefully we can resurrect them in the new year if Nathan comes through against Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Hearn was speaking at the head to head press conference for Tony Bellew's clash with Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.

Hearn stated that contrary to claims by Warren, Bellew had not been offered a rematch of his entertaining domestic match against Cleverly last October.

Edison Miranda targets Carl Froch after issuing Tony Bellew warning

Miranda vows to destroy light-heavyweight rival Bellew and move on to Froch

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Edison Miranda has sent out a chilling warning to Tony Bellew ahead of their eagerly-anticipated light-heavyweight clash on Saturday.

The hard-hitting Colombian is a two-time world title challenger with 30 of his 35 wins coming by way of knockout.

And Miranda has promised to leave Bellew flat on the canvas at London’s Alexandra Palace.

‘Put your kids to bed early on Saturday,’ he said. ‘I don’t want them to be frightened by seeing what I do to Bellew. It is going to be ugly.

Warning: Tony Bellew takes on Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday

Warning: Tony Bellew takes on Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday

‘I have had an excellent camp. I moved to Las Vegas and trained for the past six weeks with Chad Dawson. We worked very well together and had some great sparring sessions. He is a great champion. I am ready for anyone now.’

Miranda has shared the ring with several world-class fighters including Andre Ward, Lucian Bute, Arthur Abraham and Kelly Pavlik and he doubts Bellew has the punching power to trouble him.

Powerful puncher: Edison Miranda

Powerful puncher: Edison Miranda

‘We are both known as powerful punchers’ he added. ‘Maybe I need to watch more Tony Bellew fights. Who calls him a powerful puncher His girlfriend The reason the fight will not go the distance is because Edison Miranda is a powerful puncher.

‘I am not putting this decision in the hands of the judges. You can save money and keep the judges at home. There will be two men standing at the end of this fight, Edison Miranda and the ref.

‘My experience won’t make the difference in this fight; Tony will not make it to the later rounds. My right hand breaking his face will be the difference in this fight. I will pound him everywhere and when he drops his hands I am going to take him out early.

‘He has chosen to fight during the wrong time in my career. I am coming to London to make a big impression and win over the fans. ‘

Miranda returns to London for the second time after beating Joey Vegas at York Hall in March 2009 and has set his sights on coming back to these shores for a third time.

‘I really enjoy fighting in the UK – the fans here are great boxing fans,’ he said. ‘Being shown across European TV is great exposure and I have gained many fans all over the world from my fights in Europe.

‘I would love to come back to the UK and fight the best fighter England can throw my way. Carl Froch would be No 1 on my radar. He is a great fighter who fights with the same love of the sport as I do. We could put on a great show.

‘I want to fight the best fighters. That has always been my way. If Froch has other plans then Nathan Cleverly would be a good fight so I can take his belt away and show the world what a true world champion looks like.’