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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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UPDATED:

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 v Yusuf Mack: Fake Joe Calzaghe barb spurs Nottingham fighter

Shut it, Yu! Froch hungry to beat Mack after rival's 'fake Calzaghe' barb

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UPDATED:

16:25 GMT, 13 November 2012

Carl Froch will use Yusuf Mack’s barb about him being a fake Joe Calzaghe to motivate him ahead of their IBF super middleweight bout on Saturday night.

Nottingham puncher Froch has succeeded Calzaghe as Great Britain’s most dominant fighter and comparisons between the two are easy as they hail from the same division.

Career timings meant they never met in the ring – something Froch wanted to happen – but he has achieved enough since to ensure he does not need the Welshman’s name on his resume.

Head-to-head: Carl Froch and Yusaf Mack square off ahead of their world title fight in Nottingham on Saturday

Head-to-head: Carl Froch and Yusaf Mack square off ahead of their world title fight in Nottingham on Saturday

His brilliant five-round win over Lucian Bute in May allowed him to become world champion for the third time and he kicks off his defence against American Mack in Nottingham on Saturday.

The fight is widely expected to provide Froch with a comfortable win ahead of stiffer tests in 2013, but 32-year-old Mack has done his best to ruffle feathers of the self-styled ‘Cobra’ by classing him as a second-rate Calzaghe.

He made the comments on a television show Froch was not present at, just days after saying nothing when the pair met in person, and the 35-year-old has been angered by what he considers a show of disrespect.

'I’m glad that he and his trainer have had a bit to say and I am glad he’s started talking a good game,' Froch said at a head-to-head meeting between the pair on Tuesday.

'He had little to say three or four weeks ago and he’s had little to say today. He said a few things about Calzaghe a few weeks ago, but come Saturday night he’s going to be in a whole world of trouble. He’s in my territory and he’s going to feel some serious wrath.

Cobra clutch: Favourite Froch is hungry to defeat rival Mack in front of his home fans at the Capital FM Arena

Cobra clutch: Favourite Froch is hungry to defeat rival Mack in front of his home fans at the Capital FM Arena

'Those comments were something I had to listen to. He had an opportunity to say it to my face, not go 200 miles down the road and say it behind my back.'

While Calzaghe had the distinction of being able to retire without a loss to his name, Froch has two defeats alongside his, against Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward.

There is little shame to losing to either of those and it is widely regarded that Froch is in a league of his own when it comes to British fighters who are prepared to consistently take on the world’s elite.

His participation in the Super Six series saw him encounter the likes of Kessler, Ward, Glen Johnson and Jermain Taylor, with his loss to Ward coming in the final in Atlantic City last December.

Bute was no easy pickings either. He arrived in Nottingham in May as an undefeated world champion and was sent back to Canada concussed after one of the most devastating displays of hitting home fans have seen for some time.

Mack is not regarded in the same class as Bute and Froch’s trainer, Rob McCracken, has eluded to the fact this bout could lend itself as a warm-up for meetings with Kessler and Ward, as well as a contracted rematch with Bute.

Ready to rumble: Froch hopes he can blew Mack away just like he did to Bute earlier this year

Ready to rumble: Froch hopes he can blew Mack away just like he did to Bute earlier this year

'I know I have to do the business against Mack, I have to take it a fight at a time like I always do,' Froch added.

'It’s great to be back in Nottingham, fighting in front of my home crowd. It will be difficult to top the night against Bute, it was phenomenal and the performance backed up the intensity of the crowd.

'The whole occasion was epic. A lot of people had me as the underdog then and nobody expected it, so it’s going to be difficult to eclipse that, but I am here to entertain, I feel like a superstar and I will do the business.'

Mack lists four losses and two draws among his 37 fights and if as expected he is beaten on Saturday, promoter Eddie Hearn is set to plot Froch’s future overseas.

The Bute rematch is penned in for Montreal, while any second showdown with Ward would more than likely be in the States and, with that in mind, Hearn is telling the British public to make the most of his man while they have him.

'This could be one of the last times to see Carl in the UK, potentially ever,' the Matchroom boss said.

'Carl has unfinished business elsewhere and we’re willing to go there, be live in the big American networks and make it happen. They are the kind of fights he needs, but he can’t look past Yusuf Mack.'

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.'

Carl Froch to fight Yusuf Mack in Nottingham on November 17

Froch promises show to remember after confirming Nottingham return against Mack

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 28 August 2012

Carl Froch will make the first defence of his IBF super middleweight title against American Yusaf Mack.

The 35-year-old returns to action for the first time since his brutal demolition of Lucian Bute.

Froch will face Mack, 32, at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on November 17.

Fight of his life: Carl Froch (left) destroyed Lucian Bute to win the IBF title

Fight of his life: Carl Froch (left) destroyed Lucian Bute to win the IBF title

The Nottingham Cobra should enjoy a relatively straightforward task on home turf at the Capital FM Arena after winning the belt in May. Bute had been unbeaten before meeting Froch but was seen off in five rounds.

Now Froch has been rewarded with a slightly less daunting night's work against Mack, who is ranked at No 6 by the IBF at light-heavyweight.

'The Bute win will go down as one of the greatest nights of my life and I plan on doing something special against Mack,' Froch, a three-time world champion, said.

Spitting Cobra: Froch is the reigning IBF super-middleweight champion

Spitting Cobra: Froch is the reigning IBF super-middleweight champion

'He's got nothing to lose coming here to face me and I know he'll put it all on the line to take the title from me so I'll be fully prepared for everything he's got and I'll be hitting him with all my best.'

Philadelphian Mack, 32, has a record of 31-4-2 with 17 early wins. All four of his defeats were stoppages but he has only lost to decent opposition, with an unsuccessful challenge for Tavoris Cloud's IBF light-heavyweight title last June his most recent defeat.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: 'I'm delighted to have secured a home defence for Carl, no-one deserves it more.

'He will be fully focused on the fight with Mack, a much bigger man who will be coming to rip that world title from his grasp.'

A number of possible opponents had been speculated upon and approached by Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn, including South Africa's Thomas Oosthuizen.

Froch (29-2, 21KOs) will then have a contracted rematch with Bute next March, in the Canadian's Montreal stronghold, before setting his sights on old foe Mikkel Kessler.