Carl Froch expects best ever Yusaf Mack in next month's world title fight
Last Updated: 12/10/12 8:17am
Carl Froch: Expecting tough fight against American challenger
Carl Froch expects a career-best display from Yusaf Mack when he defends his IBF super-middleweight title in his hometown of Nottingham on 17 November.
Mack was halted by Tavoris Cloud in his last fight for a world title and he has been written off as a warm-up opponent ahead of Froch's planned rematch for Lucian Bute next year.
But 'The Cobra' is full of respect for the American challenger and he believes Mack will push himself harder than ever before as he attempts to pull off a major upset.
"No, that would be very unprofessional for me to think Yusaf Mack is a walkover," he told Sky Sports News HD. "He's only lost against the best in the world.
"Tavoris Cloud, his last loss was for the IBF light-heavyweight title. I've had a look at that fight a couple of times and for the first five or six rounds he was winning the fight. He was winning every round and then he got caught by a shot.
"He got caught cold, that was his world title fight and he's now come down to super-middleweight. This is an opportunity for him to make a name for himself.
"However you have seen him in the past, he's going to be 20 per cent better than what he has been previously. So I need to take him seriously."
The use of performance enhancing drugs has again cast a shadow over sport and Froch feels boxers should be threatened with legal action if they are found guilty of doping offences.
"If someone is cheating and causing pain and potential hurt, they need to be thrown out," he said. "They could be arrested or tried if they cause damage to somebody, it's absolutely unacceptable."