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Carl Froch: I have it all to lose against Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

Froch admits he has it all to lose against underdog Mack at Nottingham homecoming

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UPDATED:

14:26 GMT, 11 October 2012

Carl Froch admits he has 'everything to lose' when he defends his IBF super-middleweight title against unfancied American Yusaf Mack next month.

The Nottingham veteran defends his belt for the first time on November 17 after becoming a three-time world champion by obliterating Lucian Bute in May.

Froch was a betting underdog against Bute but finds himself regarded as the overwhelming favourite against Philadelphian Mack, who has never beaten an elite fighter and is dropping down in weight for the bout.

Homecoming: Carl Froch (right) and his next opponent Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham

Homecoming: Carl Froch (right) and his next opponent Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham

Even the self-styled 'Cobra' admits he knows little about the low-profile challenger but is well aware he cannot take Mack lightly when they meet at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena.

'I've got nothing to win and everything to lose,' Froch, 35, said. 'From that point of view I've got to keep myself focused and keep that determination and desire strong to make sure that when I'm in the gym I'm doing the work and when I'm hitting the punchbag, really gritting my teeth and putting in the work.

'I could have stayed in bed this morning and not bothered because I've had this press conference today and I'm in the gym later today.

'But I got up and did my five mile run at a good pace to make sure I'm on the case, because I need to be.'

World class: Froch beat Lucian Bute in May to win the IBF super-middleweight title

World class: Froch beat Lucian Bute in May to win the IBF super-middleweight title

Froch, (29-2, 21KO wins) added: 'I've had a little look at him and some of his fights. I know what he does, I know what he gets up to. He looks like a decent, tidy boxer-fighter. He's got fast hands and has only ever lost to the best in the world, really.

'You've got to say they're the best in the world – Tavoris Cloud, who is the IBF light-heavyweight champion, Glen Johnson who is a big, strong, tough, hard fighter. I know all about him because I fought him.

'So I've got to give this guy respect and take him very seriously because this is his world title fight and his big opportunity to come over here and cause an upset so I know that he's going to be training and running harder than ever for this. Whatever you've seen of him before, add 20 per cent for this fight. So I've got to be ready, and I will be.

Face off: Froch (right) and Mack go toe-to-toe in Nottingham to promote their forthcoming fight

Face off: Froch (right) and Mack go toe-to-toe in Nottingham to promote their forthcoming fight

'It looks like he's in good shape. He's not as tall as I thought he was, we seem to be about the same height. He's a big lad, with a very muscular upper body, so I can see why he's a light-heavyweight. But he looks like he can do super-middleweight quite easily so he may be at his best in this division. We'll see, but I can't take any chances.'

Mack (31-4-2, 17KO wins) has no concerns about dropping half a stone to secure his shot.

'I'm going to stick to my gameplan and do what I've got to do,' he said. 'Nothing's changed due to coming down in weight, it's just about keeping it basic and replicating what I'm doing in training when the time comes in the ring.

Fighting fit: The Nottingham Cobra insists he is working hard to be in the best possible shape for the fight

Fighting fit: The Nottingham Cobra insists he is working hard to be in the best possible shape for the fight

'I'm still able to eat what I want despite having to drop the extra weight.

'Froch is an A-grade fighter, he comes to fight. But on November 17 he's going to be in front of a real fighter who isn't going to fade.'

Amir Khan vows to return stronger after defeat

Khan hints at Roach split as he tells trainer he does not want to share him

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UPDATED:

08:44 GMT, 19 July 2012

Amir Khan has vowed to return to the ring at the end of the year – by which time he could be under the guidance of a new trainer.

Dismissing suggestions he might be best to retire following his bruising defeat at the hands of American Danny Garcia in Las Vegas last weekend, Khan has declared he will be back in action with another light-welterweight fight in December.

The Bolton boxer – who lost his WBA title in the fourth-round stoppage against Garcia, the holder of the WBC crown – wants a rematch with the undefeated Philadelphian but is unsure about the chances of landing it.

Changes to be made: Amir Khan has vowed to come back stronger

Changes to be made: Amir Khan has vowed to come back stronger

He is adamant, though, that no matter who he faces next, things must change in his preparation for bouts, and what that means for Khan's relationship with his trainer Freddie Roach remains to be seen.

The 25-year-old fighter is keen to keep working with his current mentor, but having been floored three times by Garcia, Khan feels he needs guarantees that he will get the right coaching in his next pre-fight camp to improve his defensive skills.

That could see him bring in a specialist in the field as an extra member of his team, but Khan has also not ruled out replacing Roach altogether, having highlighted the amount of time he spends one-on-one with the 52-year-old in the build-up to contests as another key concern.

Devastating defeat: Danny Garcia beat Khan in Las Vegas

Devastating defeat: Danny Garcia beat Khan in Las Vegas

Talking about Roach – who also looks after Manny Pacquiao – at his gym in Bolton, Khan said: 'I need a trainer with me 100 per cent.

'Freddie is a very busy guy and he is busy because he is a great trainer and is one of the best and biggest names out there.

'I don't really want to be sharing.

'When I'm not there I don't mind what Freddie does, but (in camp) I just need someone who is going to be with me constantly and working hard with me.'

Going in different directions Khan could split from trainer Freddie Roach

Going in different directions Khan could split from trainer Freddie Roach

Khan is to sit down with his team over the next few weeks and consider his options, and asked if he wanted to stay with Roach, he said: 'Yes, 100per cent I want to stay with Freddie – if he agrees on giving me the time I need, and also there is a few things that I think we need to work on.

'If we can agree on those things, then I don't want to move to anyone else.'

Khan – now with two successive defeats on his record and three overall as a professional, the previous one being last year's controversial points loss to Lamont Peterson, who later failed a drugs test – admits he made mistakes against Garcia, but the Briton believes he was ultimately undone by a 'lucky shot'.

He had been looking to move up to welterweight, but says he will now stay at light-welterweight until he “totally cleans up” the division, and has no intention of hanging up his gloves any time soon.

'I'm 25. I still believe I've not hit my peak yet and I still have a long, long way to go,' Khan said.

'I want to tell everyone that Amir Khan is not finished yet and still has a lot left in him.'