Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham
Two-time WBC super middleweight world champion Carl Froch is just six weeks away from the most significant, lucrative and potentially legacy-sealing fight of his life and The Cobra has spoken out over his current training regimen, his Olympic sparring and his desire to see Super Six World Boxing Classic final opponent Andre Ward, WBA titlist, knocked out. The two tussle on Saturday, October 29 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
“The training camp has been tough as nails, with early hill runs following by intense strength and conditioning work at the world-class Olympic facility up in Sheffield under my respected trainer Robert McCracken,” Froch wrote in his column at the Nottingham Post. “Many regard McCracken as the best coach in this country and Robert is also training all our top amateur boxers in readiness for the London 2012 Olympics.”
Froch championed a clutch of domestic titles and won his British title outright prior to competing for the then-vacant WBC belt against Jean Pascal, whom he decisioned and cemented his standing as an elite 168lb (12 stones) operator. Despite remaining at world level – the pinnacle of the sport – since 2008, Froch has admitted it is the amateur lads blossoming under McCracken’s tutelage whom are aiding his motivation.
“All this young talent is training alongside me in Sheffield… all of this youth and enthusiasm is infectious. They all want to out-fight and out-run you – and that spurs you on to work even harder. Sparring is really coming together now,” noted the man who boxes with his fists by his waists and with a gladiatorial style. “At the moment I’m sparring middleweight amateur Anthony Agogo who is very good for sharpening my punches. Then I’m also jumping in with the heavyweights, to practice the power shots and improve my strength inside.”
He continued: “Soon I’ll be relocating my training camp to America, where I shall be using a local gym and bringing in some red-hot American talent to finish off my preparation.”
Froch then mused on his chances come fight night. Ward has thus far boxed exclusively in California throughout the Super Six competition and, again in the final, will also benefit from remaining within his own country. Froch, though, intends on taking any home comforts away from Ward, as well as the necessity for the judges’ scorecards as he intends on being the first to not only defeat Ward, but knock him out.
“The odds are stacked against me,” said Froch. “I’m fighting an American, on his soil with American referees and judges. In a 50-50 fight I’m not likely to get the decision so I’ll need to put on my very best performance to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind. There is nothing that removes doubt like a knock-out – and that’s what I’ll be looking to do to my opponent.
“I’m going to box smart and pour on the punches when I catch him clean. In my last few fights I’ve played it safe, to minimise wear and tear for this moment. I’ve been hoarding all that cobra venom up for the final and I’ll be looking to show the world that I’m the best 12-stone fighter on the planet.”