Froch vs. Mack set for November 17
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 29, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Carl Froch
By John J. Raspanti, DoghouseBoxing. Carl Froch is going home again.

The newly crowned international boxing federation (IBF) champion will defend his title for the first time against Yusaf Mack on November 17 at The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.

Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) and his promoter decided a tune-up fight in Nottingham was a no-brainer. At 35, and talking retirement, Froch is looking at rematches with Lucian Bute and Mikell Kessler in 2013. Kessler won a decision over Froch two years ago.

Mack (31-4-2, 17 KOs) is the number six light heavyweight according to the the IBF. Froch is a super middleweight. Mack hasn’t weighed 168-pounds since 2007, when Librado Andrade knocked him out in seven rounds. A move down in weight is always dangerous for a fighter.

Froch regained the super middleweight crown with a stunning fifth round knockout over the previously undefeated Bute last May in Nottingham. Froch never allowed the transplanted Canadian to get untracked. He walked forward like a man possessed, hurting Bute with a variety of punches. Finally, in round five Bute collapsed.

Bute exercised his right to ask for a rematch. Froch acquiesced. Talk has the rematch happening next March in Montreal, Canada. Froch discussed with the media his desire to fight former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.

Mack, 32, is a tough veteran from Philadelphia. His past record against elite fighters is not impressive. Ageless wonder Glen Johnson stopped him in 2010, as did Tavoris Cloud a year later. Mack is coming off decision victories over faded Omar Sheika and 37-year-old Sabou Ballogou

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