Froch eyes bigger prize
Carl Froch wants a prize world title fight against Joe Calzaghe or Mikkel Kessler, as he prepares for his fourth British title defence.
By Michael Bailey
Last Updated: 18/10/07 3:56pm
Carl Froch is eyeing a prize world title fight against Joe Calzaghe or Mikkel Kessler as early as next year, and doesn't plan on anyone getting in his way.
The current British super-middleweight champion, nicknamed 'The Cobra', will make the fourth defence of his title against former world champion Robin Reid at the Nottingham Ice Arena on November 9, live on Sky Sports.
With Joe Calzaghe's WBC defence against Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff six days earlier, a win against Reid could see Froch become the mandatory challenger for the WBC world title.
Froch said: "The three best super-middleweights in the world are in action within a week of each other in Britain, and I should face the winner of Calzaghe-Kessler.
"I would fancy my chances strongly against either of them, and I'm looking for that fight being made next year.
"Beating Reid will be a stepping stone to a major world title fight, and he will be another impressive name on my record."
Froch destroyed the highly-rated Russian Sergey Tatevosyan in two rounds in his last fight in March - his fifth successive knockout - leaving him unbeaten in 21 fights, with 17 coming by knockout.
With such a record, the 30-year-old feels his time to crack the world stage is just around the corner.
But despite Columbian Alejandro Berrio making his first defence of the IBF world title against Canadian Lucian Bute in Montreal on Friday, it is Calzaghe's belt Froch has his eyes fixed on.
Froch said: "I would stop either of Berrio or Bute, but it's the WBC title I am going for.
"I stopped Henry Porras in eight rounds two years ago, someone who had knocked out Berrio. In my last fight I utterly destroyed Sergey Tatevosyan, who Lucian Bute had to go to points with two months earlier.
"So the stats say it all. Kessler and Calzaghe would be tough fights for me, and Lucian Bute or Berrio are not in the same league."