Carl Froch spoke of his pride in his performance after completing a crushing points victory over Germany's Arthur Abraham in their WBC super middleweight world title fight in Helsinki.
The 'Cobra' lost just one round on one of the three judges' scorecards as he moved into second place on the Super Six: World Boxing Classic scoreboard behind tournament leader and WBA champion Andre Ward.
"It was a satisfying and utterly dominating performance on Saturday night, if I say so myself. Before the fight, the press and bookmakers were all split over the likely outcome between us," said Froch on his return to Nottingham.
"Arthur Abraham was seen as someone with a fantastic defence which was only bettered by his heavy hands. But I knew that if I could blow the cobwebs off my boxing skills and stay focused, there was simply no way he would beat me. I needed to make a statement and I think everyone will agree that Saturday's effort was exactly that.
"I'm so proud to be wearing the WBC title again around my waist and I want to say a big thank you to all of my fans who made the effort to brave the sub-zero temperatures and spend money on coming over and supporting me.
"It was great to meet so many of them and I hope that they enjoyed the beating I put on Abraham as much as I did. My twitter and facebook pages have been overwhelmed with good luck messages and congratulations and it makes the weeks of hard work all worthwhile.
"The support of David Haye and so many other British boxers has touched me and it's also nice to be recognised by the press and boxing journalists alike."
Froch will now face veteran former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson in the Super Six semi-finals in the New Year.
The 41-year-old Johnson advanced to the last four stage by stopping Allan Green in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Froch added: "Next up for me is 'The Road Warrior' Glen Johnson. The man who put Roy Jones Junior's lights out. He has been campaigning up at light heavyweight for a few years against elite opposition. He is a rough, tough handful and I will not be overlooking him.
"But right now I'm going to spend quality time with my family and loved-ones over Christmas."
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