Carl Froch says he fully expects to beat Yusuf Mack inside the distance
By Adam Norman: Twitter @SkySportsNorm. Last Updated: 08/11/12 11:34am
Carl Froch is not taking Yusuf Mack lightly ahead of next week's world title defence - but expects to beat the American convincingly.
Nottingham's 'Cobra' took the IBF belt from Lucian Bute in May with a devastating fifth round stoppage and a similar outcome is anticipated back at the Capital FM Arena on November 17.
"I've seen bits and bobs of him, he likes to throw the right hook and get up close, he's a tall and rangy boxer he moves well, but when he's put under pressure I think he'll fall apart," Froch, who will be having his ninth successive world title fight, told Sky Sports.
"It's my job to put him under educated pressure and take his confidence away from him early - if he's got any - and I'm confident I'll get him out of there before the 12th round."
Froch ready for title defence
Froch is a strong favourite to retain the title but admits that brings added pressure and, as ever, has not cut any corners in the gym.
"I feel confident, I'm on the case and I've been training well, I've not taken my eye off the ball and I'm training like I'm the challenger," he added.
"It's a daunting prospect, there's no easy fights out there and every fight's difficult. You've only got to be caught by one punch in this game and the fight can turn around dramatically.
"I'm taking it seriously, like I take all my fights, but I very much expect to do the business."
Froch expects the American to come into the fight with all guns blazing as he looks to impose his bigger frame on the Briton.
Mack has campaigned for much of his career at light-heavyweight but drops down a division to take his second world title shot in 18 months.
"He's coming over from Philadelphia and probably thinking he may not get another title shot and I'm sure he's going to try to capitalise on his opportunity," said Froch, who on Tuesday was promoting the fight in 3D.
"He'd be stupid not to. He's had over 30 fights, he's only ever lost to (Tavoris) Cloud and (Glen) Johnson and they're big, strong, tough men.
"Johnson's knocked out some of the best and Cloud is unbeaten at light-heavy so to lose in that company is no disgrace so he won't be coming into this fight lacking confidence.
"He's coming down to my weight so he's bigger and stronger than me but it's up to me to get rid of any of those ambitions and confidence and any ideas he may have of taking my title."
Carl Froch v Yusuf Mack will be live on Sky Sports HD and 3D while skysports.com will be covering the fight live and interactive from the Capital FM Arena.