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
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.
(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.
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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