Mike Tyson respects Carl Froch, but highlights lack of defence as main flaw

Last Updated: 16/11/12 8:26am

Mike Tyson insists that a lack of defence is the only thing preventing Carl Froch becoming the best boxer around.

The self-named Baddest Man on the Planet was full of praise for the Nottingham man, in an interview aired just days before he defends his IBF super-middleweight world title against Yusaf Mack on Saturday.

Froch is next scheduled to face a rematch with Lucian Bute and there are already suggestions that he will get the chance to avenge last December's defeat at the hands of Andre Ward.

And Tyson was far from predicting another loss for Britain's best, but insists that the defeat highlighted the only thing Froch is lacking.

"Carl Froch is a pretty awesome fighter," he told Ringside.

"I have a lot of respect for him. He's an ugly fighter but you know, the reason he couldn't beat (Andre) Ward I think, is because Ward is a student of boxing and has a great defence.

"Froch didn't have much of a decent one! But if he had a defence that could counter him back, he would beat everybody."

Tyson was hardly full of praise for Froch's style in the ring either.

It has been enough to overcome Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson in the last three years, and according to the former world heavyweight king, could still confuse most.

"It's so weird that Froch has that weird style but is so, so successful," he said.

"He looks so easy to beat - but he's not at all!"

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