Froch vs Mack Preview

By: Danny Richardson
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On Saturday night, British boxing king Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch, will make the first defence of his IBF super middleweight title, against the former world title challenger Yusaf Mack at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. Froch, who claimed his third world title with a stunning performance against the previously unbeaten Lucian Bute in May, will hope to put on a show in front of his hometown crowd against the American Mack, who usually campaigns at light heavyweight. Although Froch will be the naturally smaller man on the night, there are plenty of reasons why he should be in for a comfortable nights work against ‘Mack Attack’ on Saturday.

Froch’s stock has risen considerably since he stopped Lucian Bute on May 26th. Going into the fight as an underdog, Froch powered through Bute to claim a fifth round stoppage, fighting like a man possessed to knock the Canadian/Romanian all over the ring. Anything Bute threw, Froch took with ease, dishing out his own leather and completely knocking Bute out of his comfort zone and nearly into the crowd. After a phenomenal, career best performance, the world has finally started taking notice of the Nottingham man.

Mack on the other hand, is relatively unknown in Britain and has already been knocked out 4 times, two of those knockout defeats coming at super middleweight. The 32 year old Philadelphia man has already been beaten by former Froch victim Glen Johnson, as well as current world king Tavoris Cloud. He does have 17 knockouts to his name, but those wins came against over matched opponents, none of which can be considered to be in Froch’s league. He can dish it out against the lesser opponents, but when the punches come the other way, Mack can’t take it.

Therefore, you have to say this fight has a Froch win written all over it, and it should be comfortable for the Englishman. Froch has one of the best chins in boxing, he is as hard as nails and anything that he gets hit with, he marches straight through. He has only been knocked down once in his career, against Jermain Taylor in 2008, a fight Froch won by knockout in the final round. When he gets caught, he usually bounces back with harder shots of his own, that was evident against Bute. Anything Mack lands on Froch, he will walk through and give his own back.

And there lies the problem for Mack. As I’ve said, he’s already suffered four knockout defeats, and I can see him suffering another against Froch. ‘The Cobra’ hits extremely hard, and although he isn’t the fastest, sooner or later he will land something on Mack, and when that happens it will be curtains. I genuinely don’t see how Mack will be able to cope with Froch’s brute strength and power.

Mack has never fought outside of the U.S either which adds to his list of problems when facing Froch, because the hostile Nottingham crowd may play a big part, as they did with the Bute fight. The list goes on too, Mack hasn’t fought at super middleweight in 5 years, and on that occasion, he was knocked out against Librado Andrade. I can see Mack being dead at the weight, which won’t help his cause at all. The odds are rightly stacked against Mack, and I genuinely don’t see how he can win this fight.

Although, Froch has shown that he can be outboxed in the past, against Andre Ward in particular. If Mack stands a chance in this fight, he needs to hit and move, he needs to try and frustrate Froch and the Nottingham crowd by getting out of the way of anything Froch throws. If he can make Froch miss and counter with his own shots, he may well impress the judges. But, if I’m being honest, I’m clutching at straws. Mack hasn’t got the ability to keep Froch at bay in my opinion, and sooner or later, Froch will get his man.

Mack may well make it awkward for Froch, and we could see a scrappy contest, but there’s only one winner on the night for me. Mack won’t be able to live with the power and strength of Froch, and sooner or later, he will get knocked out. Froch will want to impress, and we should see the fight being waved off after 6 rounds after another Froch demolition job. I wish Mack the best of luck come fight night, because he’s going to need it in abundance to stand a chance. But, it’s safe to say that the Cobra will once again be king on Saturday.

Froch Defends Title Saturday in Front of Hometown Crowd

By: Brandon Stubbs
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Carl Froch will take another step to solidifying himself as the undisputed number two super-middleweight in the world when he faces Yusaf Mack. Froch will have the hometown crowd behind him as he defends his IBF Super-Middleweight belt in Nottingham, UK this Saturday. This will mark his first fight and title defense since he utterly destroyed Lucian Bute in May.

Yusaf Mack is a solid fighter who will be coming down from light-heavyweight to take the bout. Mack has had title shots in the past but has never been able to cash in yet. In the three eliminator or title fights Mack has had, he has suffered three knockout losses and his only other defeat in his career was also a knockout as well. Needless to say, that is a bad trend for him going into his title fight with Froch. It will also be interesting to see how Mack’s body reacts to the weight cut. This will be the first time since 2007 that Yusaf will be fighting at 168 pounds.

For Froch, this fight is a “keep busy” fight until he has his second fight in his series with Bute which is slated for 2013. That win showed the world he wasn’t damaged goods after his one sided loss to top pound for pounder Andre Ward. It also showcased Froch’s uncanny punching power, which by looking at him you wouldn’t think he would possessed however he owns 21 KO’s to his name.

In this fight Froch just needs to fight smart and not get into a fire fight with Mack. The lone chance Mack has is to turn the fight into a brawl and hope he can hit Froch one time to send him down like Jermain Taylor did. I do see this fight actually playing out similar to the Taylor fight for Froch. If he can work off the jab early and create distance, it will make it easier to pick apart Mack and tire him out in the later rounds. With Mack’s chin being a bit suspect, I’m looking for a late round (7-10) TKO win for Froch. The most important thing for Froch is not to just get the win, but not take much damage in the fight to assure that 2013 will be an even bigger year for him.

Bellew Eyes World Title Fight Against Dawson

HOBOKEN, N.J. (November 6, 2012) – Light heavyweight title contender Tony “The Bomber” Bellew wants to set up a clash with World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson, if Bellew beats Roberto Bolonti for the vacant WBC Silver title on the November 17th “True Brit” pay-per-view event, airing live in the United States from Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.


“True Brit,” presented by Matchroom Boxing, will be distributed in the U. S. by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 PM/ET – 12:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.


“True Brit” will also be available to view via Fight Now TV, America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel, on Cablevision channel 464 as part of the iO Gold package.


Bellew believes Dawson is the best light heavyweight in the world and a win over Argentine Bolonti, in the “True Brit” chief support bout to International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion Carl Froch‘s  title defense against Yusaf Mack, should propel Bellew into the WBC top five.


The Liverpool boxer has his sights set on the WBC World title and while he would like to become Dawson’s mandatory challenger, Bellew isn’t ruling out an IBF World title shot against Tavoris Cloud.


“I want to put the pressure on someone like Chad Dawson to face me,” he said. “I am not a lucrative match for people to face and I believe I am maximum risk and minimal reward, so I have to force one of these champions into facing me.


“It might not be a WBC it might be an IBF challenge to Tavoris Cloud, I don’t know which it is going to be but all I want to do is become a mandatory challenger, very similar to the way Kell Brook has done it.


“Roberto Bolonti is another step in the right direction, it is a WBC eliminator and it is for the Silver title. He is number five with the WBC and this should propel one of us into the top three in my opinion, so I am hoping to get fast tracked to the WBC and I have stated for a long time that the WBC is the belt I would like to win. I believe it is the best belt in boxing, so it would be a dream come true.


“I believe Chad Dawson is the best light heavyweight in the world. I know he had the contentious fight with Jean Pascal but I believe he would have stopped Pascal if the fight would have been allowed to carry on, so I think Pascal got really lucky the cut came when it did.


“I do believe that Dawson is the best in the division and aside from him I feel everyone is on a level playing field. Bernard Hopkins, in terms of experience, is up there with Dawson but as an actual fighter I believe Dawson is proven to be the best light heavyweight out there. But I would be happy to fight him. There is now a blueprint to beat Chad Dawson after what Andre Ward did to him, so I would be happy to go in there and carry out what Ward did to him.”