Rob McCracken says Carl Froch will not under-estimate Yusuf Mack in title defence

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Rob McCracken: Carl Froch will not be taking Yusuf Mack lightly

Rob McCracken: Carl Froch will not be taking Yusuf Mack lightly

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Rob McCracken insists Yusuf Mack will not be taken lightly by Carl Froch in the run-up to their clash on November 17.

Froch will defend his IBF super-middleweight title against the American in a fight many will consider to be the Briton's easiest assignment in several years.

"He's a little bit similar to Glen Johnson who moved back down and proved he was very strong at super-middleweight."
Rob McCracken

The 'Cobra' has fought an at elite level since winning his first world title in 2008 and Mack, who normally operates at light-heavyweight, is ranked sixth by the IBF.

But Froch's trainer has made it clear his fighter's level will not drop as he prepares for his first defence of the strap he ripped from Lucien Bute in May.

"Carl's an elite-level fighter, he's fought a who's who of super-middleweights over the last few years," McCracken told Sky Sports. "He's been a credit to British boxing and he took Bute apart.

Dangerous

"It's an interesting fight against Mack coming up, of course we're confident Carl will win it but we won't under-estimate Mack - he's a light-heavyweight who'll be fairly dangerous.

"He's campaigned at light-heavyweight where he probably feels he's at a disadvantage, a little bit similar to Glen Johnson who moved back down and proved he was very strong at super-middleweight.

"He won't be taken lightly and he's fighting for a world title and fighters raise their game - he'll be putting it all on the line in training so I'm sure he'll be a danger on the night."

Froch, now 35, is in the twilight of his career but McCracken is not expecting the Nottingham veteran to be slowing down heading into 2013.

"Looking beyond that fight if you can do in boxing there's fights with Kessler and Bute, maybe Kelly Pavlik and Andre Ward in the future.

"But three fights over the next nine months is well do-able for Froch."

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