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Tony Bellew v Isaac Chilemba rematch Carl Froch undercard May 25

Bellew to get second shot at Chilemba as rematch is arranged for Froch undercard

By
Martin Domin

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13:38 GMT, 8 April 2013

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17:14 GMT, 8 April 2013

Tony Bellew's rematch with Isaac Chilemba will be held on May 25 at the O2 Arena on the undercard of Carl Froch's world title unification fight with Mikkel Kessler.

The Liverpool light heavyweight was devastated when the original meeting was scored a draw last month.

The winner of the second bout will earn a shot at the winner of WBC champion Chad Dawson's clash with Adonis Stevenson on June 8.

Gutted: Tony Bellew felt he deserved to win his first fight with Isaac Chilemba

Gutted: Tony Bellew felt he deserved to win his first fight with Isaac Chilemba

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed both men were keen to have the rematch as soon as possible.

'There was no winner, so we need to find one,' he said.

'Many people thought Tony won, some thought Chilemba won. It's a fight both need to get off their back.'

Draw: Bellew took his foot off the gas after the opening rounds

Draw: Bellew took his foot off the gas after the opening rounds

The winner of the rematch will likely challenge for the world title in September.

Meanwhile, George Groves' opponent for the same night, along with further details of the undercard, will be announced this week.

Carl Froch becomes the God of War for Mikkel Kessler rematch

Froch reinvents himself in preparation for Kessler – world champion bids for immortality as boxing's God of War

By
Mike Dawes

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17:08 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 11 March 2013

There are those who understandably already believe Mikkel Kessler is in for the fight of his life when he meets Carl Froch in a rematch at The O2 Arena on May 25.

That as a tough, established and fearless world champion, Froch already represented the hardest opponent he could have dreamed of and that he was already in some ways taking the form of Kessler's worst nightmare.

Not so. Froch, it seems, has reinvented himself, and no longer is he the toughest of people – he is now an immortal warrior.

Intimidating: Carl Froch, dressed as God of War, already represents a considerable challenge to Mikkel Kessler

Intimidating: Carl Froch, dressed as God of War, already represents a considerable challenge to Mikkel Kessler

The super middleweight has been transformed into Kratos, the leading character from PlayStation game God of War, a transformation Kessler best hope is only temporary.

'They described our first fight as “brutal” and if I was to forecast one word that will probably describe our rematch, then it will likely be “savage”, said Froch when the rematch for their April 2010 fight – which Kessler narrowly edged on points – was announced at the start of February.

Kessler at the time appeared unconcerned, promising 'two warriors going at it from the first bell until the very end, it will be pure action and adrenaline', but this latest appearance from Froch may yet make him feel otherwise.

Weapons at the ready: But Froch will prepare to use little more than his fists in May

Weapons at the ready: But Froch will prepare to use little more than his fists in May

God of War Surely even the 'Viking Warrior' will be no match for Froch

God of War Surely even the 'Viking Warrior' will be no match for Froch

Froch, meanwhile, has insisted he will cement his
reputation as a throwback fighter by claiming revenge Kessler when they clash.

The Nottingham fighter believes the era of unbeaten
champions who reign with padded records must be rendered a thing of the
past if boxing is to re-assert its importance in today's sporting
climate.

He said: 'A lot of people over the
years have built up protected records and taken 35 fights before
fighting good opponents, but that way of promoting fighters is finished.

Carl Froch

Carl Froch

Soft side A smiling Froch greets his two-year-old son, Rocco, with a kiss

'I have fought top opponents fight after
fight. I have not won them all but my name is massive and everyone
respects what I do. People see me as the one who is putting boxing back
on the map.

'You can't con the public by fighting
bums any more. You've got to be involved in 50-50 fights that you could
win or lose. These are fights I want because they give me respect and
honour.'

Froch was speaking at an event to promote the God Of
War: Ascension video game.

Eye of the tiger: Froch is almost unrecognisable once the make up has been applied

Eye of the tiger: Froch is almost unrecognisable once the make up has been applied

Kratos from God of War

Carl Froch

Kratos: The God of War character (left) that Froch's look is based upon

He also did not rule out a third
meeting between the pair.

Froch added: 'I think my defence has improved since I first fought him and I don't stand and trade so much.

'People know they will be witnessing a
brutal act between two genuine warriors who refuse to lie down. I'm sure
once I beat him there will be a good chance of doing it a third time
because it is what people want to see.'

Froch versus Kessler II set for O2 Arena on May 25… hours after Wembley"s Champions League final

Froch versus Kessler II set for O2 Arena on May 25… hours after Wembley's Champions League final

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

16:08 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:09 GMT, 1 February 2013

Carl Froch's rematch with Mikkel Kessler will be held at London's O2 Arena on May 25, just hours after the Champions League final at Wembley.

The Nottingham super middleweight will attempt to add Kessler's WBA title to his own IBF belt, and exact revenge for his 2010 defeat to the Dane.

The blockbuster is also set to herald Sky Sports' return to pay-per-view after a self-enforced two-year absence with Froch and Kessler expected to share a 4million purse.

Toe-to-toe: Froch's first fight with Kessler was a close thriller

Toe-to-toe: Froch's first fight with Kessler was a close thriller

The fight was announced last month following protracted negotiations and the 17,000 capacity O2 has seen off competition from the Manchester Arena to host the most eagerly-awaited fight in British boxing.

The first clash between the two, in the Super Six tournament, lives long in the memory as an epic 12-round war awarded to Kessler by unanimous decision.

Prime: The battle-hardened Froch is peaking as a fighter

Prime: The battle-hardened Froch is peaking as a fighter

Since then, the Dane has added a fifth world title to his impressive collection by beating Brian Magee in Denmark last December while Froch was devastatingly brilliant in his brutal demolition of previously unbeaten Lucian Bute in Nottingham last May to become a three-time world champion.

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.

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 has Carl Froch in his sights after third round KO of Brian Magee

Kessler has Froch in his sights after destroying Northern Irishman Magee

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00:34 GMT, 9 December 2012

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UPDATED:

00:37 GMT, 9 December 2012

Northern Irishman Brian Magee's first
defence of his WBA super-middleweight title ended in heartbreak after he
was stopped in the third round by a clinical Mikkel Kessler in Herning,
Denmark.

Kessler knocked the wind out of his
opponent's sails in the second round with a right to the body that left
Magee visibly struggling and the Northern Irishman was given a standing
eight count after turning his back following another punch to the
stomach later in the round.

Impressive: Champion Mikkel Kessler

Impressive: Champion Mikkel Kessler

It was a matter of when, not if, the relentless Dane would stop the contest and Magee's bravery was ended with yet another body shot, forcing referee Luis Pabon to call a halt to proceedings after 24 seconds of round three.

Magee became the WBA's regular champion after Ward was promoted to super champion at 168lbs although he was a firm underdog after agreeing to go into Kessler's back yard.

Following a rather uneventful opening round, Kessler brought the crowd to their feet with a straight right to the body midway through the second that sent Magee to his knees.

The 37-year-old managed to beat the count and valiantly looked to take the attack to Kessler, who focused all of his attack to the waist of Magee.

He was in pain towards the end of the round and took a knee after turning his back following another body shot.

Magee was saved by the bell, but the minute recovery in between rounds was clearly not enough and his resistance was ended when Kessler sent yet another straight right to the weakened area to bring a premature end to the night.

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.'