Cobra Froch wages War on Taylor

bradley13.01.09 - WBC World Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime ) has directed his venom at Jermain Taylor and his team after a boxing website suggested that Froch was sidelined until June with a rib injury. Froch believes it’s just another in a long line of tactics for Taylor and his promoter Lou DiBella to avoid facing the new King of the Super Middleweights.

“Some guy from a site I’d never heard about before has written that I’m injured until June and won’t be able to defend my title until then," fumed Froch. "This Marley guy said that there’s nothing wrong with my ‘flapping jaws’ but that I have a rib injury. In my opinion the only people flapping are Taylor and his team by trying to find another way to duck out of the fight..

"This Marley character needs to check his facts before writing a story. Maybe he’s only new to the game or something but he needs to start learning quickly. Where did he get this nonsense from about me being sidelined until June? It’s complete BS and if he’d bothered to call my promoter Mick Hennessy he’d know that I've no injury worries now and I’m ready, willing and able to defend my title against Taylor.”

Froch believes that Taylor is looking for any excuse to get out of his position as mandatory challenger to Froch's title and hunt down some easier prey instead. “I believe Taylor and DiBella have been swerving me for some time now, they obviously don’t fancy the job,” claimed Froch.

“He declined the opportunity to contest the vacant WBC title with me and instead fought Jeff Lacy in a final eliminator for that same title. Now this mysterious rumour is being spread in the U.S. that I’m injured and out until June so he’s looking at other options. The only person that’s going to be out is Jermain Taylor after I’ve smoked his boots.

“Everyone knows what I bring to the table. I’ve just been involved in the fight of 2008 to win the WBC title and I’m going to be putting the heat on Taylor so hard that he’s going to have to fight for his life. I’ve proved I’ll get into the trenches and go to war to entertain the fans and if Taylor’s willing to do the same then I’m sure that will be the fight of 2009.

“Purse bids for the fight have been called for Friday week so we’ll see what their made of then but I can guarantee I’ll be ready to defend my title against Taylor within 90 days of the purse bid as per the WBC rules.”

DiBella is known for his walk on part in the most recent Rocky film and Froch says he should stick to the big screen. “A promoter’s job is to make the big fights but I believe this is one fight DiBella is trying to help his fighter to get out of. Maybe he should stick to being a promoter in the movies.”

The Nottingham man won the WBC title in December following a 12 round thriller with undefeated Canadian; Jean Pascal after Taylor had turned down the chance to meet Froch for the vacant crown.

“Pascal’s a tough, tough man and a hell of a fighter; I went into that fight without being 100% fit but still prevailed. I can’t wait to make the first defence of my WBC belt but I believe Taylor is clearly clinging to the hope that I’m still injured and that he can duck out of the fight again.”

Taylor from Little Rock, Arkansas holds a pair of wins over Bernard Hopkins from his time as World Middleweight champ but Froch is no respecter of reputations. “Just to make it clear, once and for all, I’m ready, willing and able to defend my title against him anytime, anyplace. Now all he needs to do is crawl out from the Little Rock he’s been hiding behind and we can get the fight on.”

Article posted on 13.01.2009

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