By Michael Norby: With a little over three weeks remaining before he defends his WBC super middleweight championship for the first time Carl Froch
says that he is extremely confident that victory over his challenger, former 160lb king Jermain Taylor
, is certain and will represent the first marquee victory on his resume as he introduces himself to the American market.
Froch 24-0 (19) will leave the comforts of his native England to battle Taylor 28-2-1 (17) at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA on Saturday April 25th in a fight that will bring the Nottingham fighter into American homes via the Showtime network.
It’s a challenge that Froch welcomes eagerly.
“I’m coming into this fight confident that I’ll be taking my belts home with me,” Froch told reporters on an international conference call. “Obviously, to come and establish myself in the States, this is what I need to do. I need to come to America and showcase my talents and that’s the reason I’m coming over there”
Froch won the WBC title in a wildly entertaining battle with Canadian Jean Pascal in his hometown last December but a quick look at his resume tells the story of a strong, undefeated fighter devoid of a career defining elite opponent. Jermain Taylor
finally provides the 31-year-old with a high profile platform to prove, or otherwise, his top level caliber.
“You could say that Jermain Taylor
is the biggest name that I’ve boxed up until this point,” Froch conceded. “But, how would you define a great fighter? Jean Pascal was 26 years old, hungry and unbeaten. He was a young and talented fighter coming to put it all on the line and didn’t know what it was like to lose. I’d say that was a big fight for me and a fight that I won convincingly in an exciting matchup.”
Having competed at 168lbs throughout his career, Froch, who also possesses excellent power, certainly has the physical attributes to give his challenger problems. Indeed, Taylor has been unable to knock out any of his opponents (including junior middleweights Kassim Ouma and Cory Spinks) in over four years and has suffered two defeats in his last three fights – including a brutal 2007 knockout suffered at the hands of middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.
Taylor, needless to say, does not seem worried.
“I’m not worried about his strength,” Taylor said in a matter of fact manner when pressed on the issue of size difference, “He’s a strong fighter, so what? I’ll just go in there and box the hell out of him.”