Froch sees Reid as stepping stone to world glory

Carl Froch sees his forthcoming British Super-Middleweight Title defence against Robin Reid as a stepping stone to a world title fight. ‘The Cobra’ defends his title for the fourth time against former world champion Reid at the Nottingham Arena on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners on November 9. Sky Sports will televise live..

Froch – undefeated in 21 fights – hopes the WBC will make him mandatory challenger to face the winner of Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler, who fight the weekend before he does.

But Froch regards Reid as a dangerous foe, who is well experienced at world title level and is coming off an impressive points win over American Jesse Brinkley in March.

“I used to watch Rob’s fights when I was young so I know all about him,” said Carl. “He is still a formidable force who is coming off an impressive win against an American fighter in The Contender so there’s definitely no chance of me under-estimating him or thinking ahead to what could be a world title fight next.

“The last thing a boxer loses is his power, so Rob is still dangerous despite knocking on a bit. He was always able to bang a bit, so I’ve got to be careful.

“As well as being able to hit hard, he is now a cute fighter because he has so much experience being a former WBC champion. I’m not judging Rob on his performance against Jeff Lacy in 2005 because he didn’t look switched on that night. I think there were some problems leading up to the fight and he didn’t look himself. But he boxed well in his last fight and he’s a threat because of his experience.

“He has been in there with the likes of Calzaghe, Lacy, Sven Ottke and Henry Wharton, all the top fighters in the division in recent years. I saw him on TV last Friday and he looked in great shape.

“You can’t write him off – I’m taking him deadly seriously and I have got to be on Reid then it will persuade the world governing body [the WBC] that I deserve my shot.

“He will be another good name to have on my record and I intend to send a message out to the other top super-middleweights with this performance. I want to face the winner of Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler and I see this fight as a stepping stone to doing that.”

Hennessy Sports in association with Proudly Present
Friday 9th NOVEMBER 2007.
Doors 6pm, Boxing Starts 6.30pm.

Ticket Prices:
£25 Unreserved Tiered & Reserved Floor
£30 Premium Tiered
£75 Outer Ringside
£125 Ringside

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Carl Froch (Nottingham) vs Robin Reid (Runcorn)
12 x 3 – British Super Middleweight Title
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10 x 3 – English Lightweight / WBC Youth Titles.

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8 x 3 Super Bantamweight

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10 x 3 Midlands Area Welterweight Title

Paul David (Sheffield) vs Michael Monaghan (Nottingham)
10 x 3 – Midlands Area Super Middleweight Title

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8 x 3 – Bantamweight

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4 x 3 - Light Welterweight

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4 x 3 Cruiser Weight

Tyrone Wright (Nottingham) vs Simeon Cover (Worksop)
4x3 Cruiser Weight

Rod Anderton (Nottingham) vs TBA
4 x 3 Light Heavyweight

Article posted on 25.10.2007

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