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Carl Froch

The Cobra is a three-time world champion and is of course, the IBF and WBA super-middleweight holder...

Last Updated: 16/05/14 3:15pm

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Carl Froch has emerged as one of Britain's most successful boxers, but he started his career in the humble surroundings of York Hall, Bethnal Green in 2002.

The Nottingham man displayed his punching power in a fourth round stoppage win over Michael Pinnock and would win eight of his first 10 fights inside the distance.

But it was his impressive stamina, an important part of Froch's armoury, which came to the fore against Charles Adamu, with the 'Cobra' earning the Commonwealth title in his first 12-round points win.

Damon Hague was demolished in the first round as Froch added the British belt a few months later and he would halt two more of his domestic rivals, Brian Magee and Robin Reid, who could not withstand his spiteful punches.

A world title shot against Joe Calzaghe had eluded Froch, with the Welshman opting to face the big names in America. But he became champion in his own right, taking the WBC belt with a gruelling points win over Jean Pascal in 2008.

The facts

From: Nottingham
Born: July 2, 1977
Age: 36
Nickname: The Cobra
Division: Super-middleweight
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6' 1"
Reach: 75"
Fights: 34
Won: 32
Lost: 2
Drawn: 0
KO: 23 (67.64%)

Froch had arrived on the world stage and he marked his US debut with a sensational last round stoppage of Jermain Taylor, who was ahead on all the scorecards when he wilted under a savage late onslaught.

His entry into the Super Six tournament, a collection of the division's top fighters, would pit him against Mikkel Kessler, a Danish fighter with a similar warrior code. They shared a thrilling battle, featuring some brutal late rounds, but it was Kessler who triumphed on points and Froch's long unbeaten run was over in 2010.

Showdown

Fresh from his first defeat and without a world title, Froch was plunged into a tough trip against Arthur Abraham in Finland, but he showed off his superior ring skills in a disciplined points win to regain the WBC belt.

Another point victory, this time over the battle-hardened Glen Johnson, set up a showdown with Andre Ward in the final at Atlantic City in 2011. Froch tried to force the pace, but struggled to pin down the slick American, who claimed the trophy with a unanimous decision.

Froch could ill afford another defeat and appeared to be fighting for his career when he challenged Lucian Bute for his IBF title in 2012. Bute arrived in Nottingham with a long list of stoppage victims, but Froch ruined his unbeaten record and ripped his belt away in an explosive fifth-round knockout win.

Having dispelled any doubts about his future, Froch decided to face one of his conquerors from the past and Kessler agreed to an eagerly awaited rematch in London last May. Froch dominated the early stages, but was dragged into a dogfight and traded punches with his old foe before he was awarded a deserved points win.

Froch held two of the world titles and was widely expected to brush aside his next challenger, young George Groves. The Londoner was stepping up to world class for the first time and concerns were raised about whether he was ready to face a seasoned campaigner such as Froch.

Groves soon dismissed these fears, flooring Froch heavily in the first round, but the champion withstood his onslaught and had badly hurt 'The Saint' when referee Howard Foster hastily signalled a ninth round stoppage.

The controversial end to the fight sparked widespread calls for a rematch and the bitter rivals will meet again on May 31. Froch's legacy is on the line as he targets a famous victory at Wembley Stadium.

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