Carl Froch expects Yusaf Mack to be a strong opponent in IBF world title bout

Last Updated: 18/10/12 6:53pm

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Carl Froch: Will not be underestimating Yusaf Mack on November 17

Carl Froch: Will not be underestimating Yusaf Mack on November 17

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Carl Froch insists he will not be looking past Yusaf Mack when he defends his IBF super-middleweight title against the American on November 17.

The Nottingham fighter is expected to come through the clash in his home town with relative ease before moving on to a rematch with Lucien Bute early next year.

Mack, who usually operates at light-heavyweight, has been stopped by both Glen Johnson and Tavoris Cloud in recent years and will be a big outsider at the Capital FM Arena.

But Froch is not underestimating his opponent and even claimed that Mack is likely to be "15-20 per cent better" after stepping down a weight class.

"There's no such thing as an easy win, that's a load of rubbish," Froch told Sky Sports News.

"People will say, 'this will be an easy fight for you', but Yusaf Mack is coming down to super-middleweight and he's got different ideas.

"He's confident, he's strong at the weight, he's 31 years old, ambitious and coming over to England to win my world title.

"So I need to be on my A-game, I need to be switched on, focused and I need to start strong and sharp and be motivated, which I am.

He added: "He's probably more suited to the super-middleweight limit. There's a potential concern that he's going to be even better at super-middleweight than he was at light-heavyweight."

Return bout

"I need to be on my A-game, I need to be switched on, focused and I need to start strong and sharp and be motivated, which I am."
Carl Froch

Froch recorded a comprehensive fifth-round stoppage against Bute last time out but is contractually obliged to give the Romanian a return bout.

He says that contest should happen early next year before the 35-year-old turns his attention to avenging one of the two losses on his record against Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward.

"The Lucien Bute rematch is going to take place early next year, probably in March-April time," Froch said.

"Then we will look at getting a rematch with either Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward - I think we'd prefer a rematch with Kessler because that's a fight for the fans and for the television.

"It's a big fight, it's exciting. He's got a win against me, albeit a very close, controversial decision away from home.

"That's something I want to avenge. In a fight with Kessler the fans know they are guaranteed excitement. We both stand and fight, we are both proud warriors."

But Froch was quick to add that the fact he would rather have a rematch with Kessler does not mean he thinks he cannot beat Ward, who claimed a fairly comfortable points win over him last December.

He said: "One thing's for sure, if I can get the fight with Andre Ward it would be a massive fight and that would secure my legacy.

"I think I can win the fight, I really do, but let's get it in England. I went over to the USA to fight him, let's get him over here."

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