pic Tom Casino
By Clive Bernath: Carl Froch has branded Armenian boxer Arthur Abraham a ‘loser’ ahead of their Super Six clash in Helsinki, Finland on November 27. The battle of the former world champions was to have taken place in Monte Carlo on October 2 but Froch was forced to postpone that date after injuring his back in training.
The good news is the former WBC super-middleweight king is recovering well and insists he will be fully fit to face to Abraham on November 27.
Speaking exclusively to thisisNottingham.co.uk Froch said: “Right now I’m gently easing into things again to basically maintain my fitness levels. With regards to the injury, I’m pleased to say that I resumed light training a couple of days ago and, touch wood, so far so good.
“Speaking of fitness levels, I had a report through from Nuffield Health Gym at Mapperley saying that I was still in fantastic physical shape. I ranked in the top few per cent when it came to my overall condition – which was reassuring after some of the epic wars I’ve given the fans.”
As is pretty much always the case with high profile fights, there is a lot of verbal sparring between the fighters and this eagerly awaited clash is no exception. Abraham was the first to unleash the verbal assaults by suggesting Froch had been left psychologically scared by his first career defeat to Mikkel Kessler back in April. But Froch says it is Abraham who is the ‘loser’
“I’ve read this week that Arthur Abraham thinks I’ve lost my mind since my unsuccessful trip to Denmark,” Froch said in his regular column at thisisnottingham.co.uk
“Abraham has stated that the defeat has deeply affected me, which made me chuckle.
“These were words from a man, who went and fought in front of a handful of people in Detroit against a man I’ve beaten, yet he was dropped, outclassed and disqualified.
“I’ve proved against world champions like Jermain Taylor and Kessler that I’m a road warrior, whereas Abraham has proved he’s just a loser when he travels.
“’I’ve got the bit between my teeth now and, in Helsinki on November the 27, Abraham is gonna be Finnish’d!”
How this fight has not been picked up by any UK television broadcaster is beyond me. Froch vs Abraham is such an evenly match fight I would not be surprised if the judges could not split them after 12 rounds. Both fighters are strong come forward durable men so don’t be surprised if this fight is a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’.
September 27, 2010