Froch and Johnson ready for war
By Clive Bernath: WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch can never be accused of taking the easy route. Over the last three years the 33 year old from Nottingham, England, has fought Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Arthur Abraham. So when he when he insists his June 4 title defence against Glen Johnson will be the toughest fight of his 27-1-(20), career , you know he expects a tough night’s work-despite Johnson being 42 years of age.
“I am not looking past Johnson because I know just how tough a competitor he is,” said Froch. ‘This will be the toughest fight of my career so far and anyone who wants to look at my record will know just how tough it has been to date.
“I have yet to see Johnson take a step back in a fight. He will come marching forward putting the pressure on me but I’ve prepared properly for him.
Froch added: ‘Johnson will try to hunt me down but I will give him a boxing lesson in the art of counter punching. I will be picking my punches carefully, I won’t go in looking to throw big bombs because that is the way to come unstuck.”
If Froch appears supremely confident he is equally aware that when it comes to upsetting the odds, the American based Jamaican is a past master, having scored upset wins over both Roy Jones Jr and Antonio Tarver in the past. In fact Johnson is the original ‘Road Warrior’ and has argauably been the victim of more home town decision defeats than any other boxer in the last 15 years.
At age 33, Froch is the younger, fresher man and his crisper, faster counter punching style make him a worthy favourite to retain his title against a walk in brawler like Johnson. But make no mistake Glen Johnson has pushed many a great boxer all the way to the wire over the years and Froch will be no exception. If ever a fight is destined to be a guaranteed barn burner this is it.
May 17, 2011