Froch rues 'throwaway' comment

Super-middleweight blames Chisora for press-conference brawl

Last Updated: 20/02/12 5:40pm

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Carl Froch has told Sky Sports News HD he was wrong to make a "throwaway" comment over deliberately prolonging fights so members of his family could win bets.

The Nottingham super-middleweight claimed he could have stopped Ruben Groenewald earlier than he did during a Commonwealth title defence, suggesting he allowed the South African to get through the fourth round as some of his family had backed him to triumph in the fifth.

However, the former two-time world champion has now looked to clear up the matter, explaining that it is simply "too dangerous" to try and pick and choose when to win a bout.

"Every time I fight, when good fighters fight, they often make predictions. It's all part of the media hype beforehand," he said. "On that particular occasion I made a prediction that I would win the fight in a certain round.

"But the comments made about prolonging the fight were a throwaway comment that, in hindsight, I shouldn't have said. I shouldn't have said that because I have never done that.

"It's too dangerous to try and attempt to do that in a fight.

"My brother might have had £5 on it, and I think he lost as well. He's not done very well out my career, gambling wise."

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"My brother might have had £5 on it, and I think he lost as well. He's not done very well out my career, gambling wise."
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Froch is expecting to be back in action in May, with a deal to fight reigning IBF Lucian Bute on English soil in the pipeline. If, however, that bout never materialises, another option could be to go for the WBC strap that Andre Ward is set to vacate.

"Hopefully I'm fighting Lucian Bute on May 26 .We're still waiting to secure a deal with his promoters," he said on his own future.

"I'm hearing that Ward is vacating the WBC title, and that Andre Dirrell's younger brother is their mandatory. We're 1-2 in the WBC rankings, so that is a fight that could happen.

"But I think that we're close to a deal with Lucian Bute."

The Englishman also offered his opinion on the Dereck Chisora-David Haye brawl that took place in a post-fight press conference on Saturday night after the former had lost on points to Vitali Klitschko.

Froch branded Chisora's antics - which included slapping his opponent at the weigh-in - before, during and after the bout as "disgraceful", though he insisted that a lifetime ban would still be too severe.

"I don't think David Haye is a licensed fighter any more, he's retired don't forget, so he probably won't come under much scrutiny from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC)," he said.

"Dereck Chisora, however, is a licensed fighter, and his behaviour in the whole build up to the fight was disgraceful.

"He slapped Vitali Klitschko in the face at the weigh-in, which was totally disrespectful to a very classy guy, and then, when he got in the ring, he spat water in Wladimir Klitschko's face. That just can't be condoned - that is terrible, terrible behaviour.

"I think a life ban is very strong, yes. But the BBBofC has to take every individual and incident as it happens. They've got a very tough decision to make, but I don't think they can take away a man's livelihood based on that.

"He needs severely reprimanding. A slap on the wrist probably won't be enough. He needs to be told that you can't behave like that."

Self-defence

Froch felt Haye - who was at the press conference pushing for a potential bout with Vitali Klitschko later this year - acted only in self-defence after Chisora came down from the stage to confront his fellow Brit.

"In my opinion, David Haye acted in self-defence," the 34-year-old told Sky Sports. "Dereck Chisora was coming to him, he had a six-strong entourage with him, while David is there with just his trainer Adam Booth.

"He (Haye) obviously did what he thought was necessary to look after himself. But the whole situation then spiralled out of control; hopefully it's something we never see again.

"Only Dereck knows what he was up to and what he was going to do. David did what he thought he had to do to look after himself.

"As far as I'm concerned, the blame lies with him (Chisora). He should never have been allowed out of his seat actually. Security there should have got in between him before he got to face-off with David. It shouldn't have come to that."

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