Carl Froch, Jermain Taylor Teleconference Highlights

Carl FrochNEW YORK (March 31, 2009) Ė Undefeated Carl Froch, a household name in his native England, looks to enhance his reputation in America when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against Jermain Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight champ and one of the most highly regarded and recognizable fighters of this generation, in a world championship fight on Saturday, April 25, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), of Nottingham, England, will be making the first defense of the vacant 168-pound crown he gained in his last outing with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jean Pascal on Dec.6 2008.

Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., has had a prolific pro career since winning a bronze medal for the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games and is the only boxer to twice defeat future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. When he outpointed Hopkins the first time, Taylor became 160-pound world champion in the WBC, World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Both fighters took part in a teleconference call with media members on Tuesday. Highlights from the call follow:

Mick Hennessy:

ďI believe this to be a genuine super fight. Itís one of the very best fights in world boxing right now. (We have) two fighters a similar age at the absolute peak of their powers. I would like to congratulate both fighters because, in these days, there are a lot of major fights being avoided and both of these fighters have stepped up to the fight.

ďI genuinely believe that Carl is the best super middleweight on the planet. I think heís going to prove that on April 25. One thing Carl brings to the table is he is never, ever in a dull fight. He brings the heat and is relentless.

ďI believe Jermain is going to feel heat like heís never felt before. Weíre not coming to America to make up the numbers. Weíre coming for Carl to launch himself in a big way and youíre going to see something very special on April 25.Ē

Lou DiBella:

ďI want to thank SHOWTIME. I think Ken Hershman championed the fight and itís happening because he understood the significance of this fight and how important it was for Jermain to have another shot at a world title. Carl Froch is a worthy champion who has already proven that he can be exciting in the ring. Heís going to try and come over and make sure that everybody in the world knows how to pronounce his name (Itís pronounced Fro-CH, not Fro-CK).Ē

Carl Froch:

ďFor me itís not a big deal coming to America. I boxed in America once before. Traveling for me is not a problem. 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 on SHOWTIME. Thatís the reason Iím coming over here. I want to establish myself on American soil. Thatís what this fight is for. Iíll be coming over there and defending my title in style.Ē

Jermain Taylor:

ďIím looking forward to the fight. Iím just ready to fight.Ē

Carl on the keys to the fight:

ďThe key to winning this fight is for me to establish myself early on and let Jermain know that Iím there. I donít want to take a step backward so it looks like it will be an exciting fight. It really does. But Iíll still do my thing landing the big, heavy shots and I think the usual thing will happen and my opponent will start to fade and fall apart in front of my very eyes. Then Iíll start to showcase my skills even more.Ē

Jermain on concerns about moving from 160-168?

ďIím not worried about his strength. Heís a strong fighter, so what? Iíll just go in there and box the hell out of him.Ē

Lou DiBella:

ďJermain Taylor wanted to win the WBC 168-pound title. Carl had it and SHOWTIME loves the fight and was willing to make it one of their premier fights of the year. ď

Froch on if Taylor is his toughest opponent:

ďYou could say that Jermain Taylor is the biggest fighter Iím going to box until this point. But, how would you define a great fighter? Jean Pascal was 26 years old, hungry and unbeaten. He was a hungry, young talented fighter coming to put it all on the line. He didnít know what it was like to lose. Iíd say that was a big fight for me for the title and a fight that I won convincingly in an exciting matchup.

ďItís easy to say that I havenít fought anybody. But thatís what boxing is about. Like Mick said earlier, weíve got two fighters here who are both putting it all on the line. Weíre both of a similar age. Weíre both on the top of our careers. Weíre both fit and hungry. He wants my belt? I donít want him to take my belt. Itís going to be a fabulous fight. Iíve been in 24 fights, Iím unbeaten, I havenít been in any trouble. Iím coming to this fight confident that Iím taking my belt home with me. No problems.Ē

Taylor on Frochís level of confidence:

ďI donít worry about it. With the opponents heís fought, of course heís going to be confident. He doesnít know how to lose yet and Iím going to teach him.Ē

Froch concerned that he is the underdog?

ďI am surprised because for my whole career Iíve always been a massive favorite. Iíve never been an underdog. Odds donít mean anything as far as Iím concerned because Iím not a gambling man. But, Iím not surprised. The American media doesnít necessarily know who Carl Froch is in terms of big-time boxing. This is why Iím going over there with my title to defend against such a top name as Jermain Taylor. Until I do that, then the odds probably wonít be stacked in my favor. I donít mind being the underdog.Ē

Froch on if it will be a tough fight:

ďThereís no such thing as an easy fight. Iíve been with awkward opponentsÖ.Iíve had my fair share of difficult fights. But, honestly, Iíve never been in a hard fight. What I mean is, Iíve never been in a fight where I didnít feel that I was in control, I wasnít dominating and didnít think I was going to win.Ē

Froch on if he thought Taylor was trying to duck him:

ďHeís good fighter. Heís obviously a confident man and he means business. Heís got what they call ĎBad Intentions.í He had absolutely no intentions of coming to England and fighting the Cobra, thatís for sure. You can take what you want from that, but I take it as he didnít fancy to fight. Iím not going to say he didnít want to fight because he signed up for the fight.Ē

Taylor on why he took the fight:

ďItís all about being a champion. All these other fights mean nothing until you get these belts back. As far as me going over thereÖGoing over there? For what? I mean who is he? I didnít even know who he was until now. So I wasnít going over there. He needs to come over here.Ē

Froch on his style:

ďMy style is very rangy, very fast. Iím powerful. I can box out of range and not get hit. I can fight in close and Iím a puncher with the best of them. Styles make fights, well I adapt to my opponents. Itís hard to describe my style except for itís a winning style. Whatever Jermain Taylor brings, I will be reacting in a positive way for me to win.Ē

Taylor on Frochís style:

ďHeís rangy. He moves and fights with a lot of strength. I donít think heís fast though. He tries to get you on a break. I think heís too slow. The guy doesnít know how to lose. So someone has to teach him how to lose. I have to break him down.Ē

Froch on if the fight will be easy:

ďI feel like I will make the fight as easy as I can. I know what to do to give myself an easy night. If Plan A isnít working then Iíll but Plan B together and it will be destructive, trust me.Ē

Taylor on impressing the fans:

ďI just know that hard work pays off. Those few fights I lost, I not only let myself down, I let my fans down; I let my hometown down. I just want to get these belts back and all of it will be erased. Now, I have a chance to do that and Iím going to take it. Iím Arkansas Razorback until the day I die. I have another chance to come back and be champion. Itís amazing. Thatís what I love about boxing because Iím never out of it. Everything Iíve done in the past will be erased. Iím not worried about anything.Ē

Froch on the problems Jermain presents for him:

ďIím struggling to find major problems. I will say heís very experienced against top level (opposition). He hasnít been dominant at the world level. Heís had a couple of split decisions, heís had a draw. Iím not worried. Iím really not. Iím just looking forward to going out there and doing what I do best. The fitness is there. The strength is there. I just know that I need to come there and put my work together.Ē

Taylor on Frochís comment:

ďHeís a cocky fighter and I love that because I plan on bringing all that down. He doesnít know what heís getting himself into and Iím going to teach him.Ē

Froch when asked if he could knock Taylor out:

ďIím the bigger, stronger man. Jermain Taylor has not stopped anybody for four years. But donít get me wrong, heís a good fighter. He thinks heís fast, but I donít know what he thinks his speed is going to do to me. Iíve fought fast fighters.

ďIím not giving him any disrespect or trying to be cheeky. Iím in no way cocky. Iím quite a very level headed man. Iím just very confident and believe in myself.

ďFact of the matter is, heís fought most of his career at middleweight and Iím a big, strong super middleweight. And that can very well be the deciding factor. When I start connecting with the right hand on the jaw section there will probably be some damage done.Ē

Taylor on Frochís size:

ďIím not worried about his power at all. As far as him never being on the floor before, thereís a first time for everything. He gets hit a lot. His defense is his head. He stands right there.Ē

Taylor on how serious he is taking on Froch:

ďAt the end of the day, heís still champion. It doesnít matter who knows him or who doesnít. At the end of the day, heís still got the belt. So, of course, Iím taking it seriously. I havenít trained this hard in a long time. Those fights he was looking at me getting tired. You know what? Those are the past. Here it is. I got a chance to get those belts back and Iím going to take it. This is the best fight that youíre going to see me fight in my life.

ďIf heís bigger, so what? It doesnít mean anything as long as Iím boxing and moving.Ē

Taylor on what he respects about Froch:

ďI just respect the fact that he has the belts. I think heís way too cocky and he doesnít know how to lose. He has to learn how to lose.Ē

DiBella on why Taylor is taking on Froch:

ďWhen has Jermain Taylor ever fought an easy fighter? I think Jermain has always reached out for a challenge and always wanted to fight someone who meant something to him. He wasnít familiar with Carlís name, but I think Jermain agrees with what Carl said earlier in that he views the WBC belt as the biggest prize and that he wanted to get that belt back. Thatís why this fight is happening.Ē

Closing Comments:

Mick Hennessy:

ďWinners donít need to learn how to lose and Carl Froch is certainly not going to learn how to lose on April 25. Itís not in his makeup.Ē

ďShowtime really knows their business and knows there fights because they picked a hell of a one right here.Ē

Lou DiBella:

ďStylistically, this canít be a bad fight. This is a Fight of the Year candidate waiting to happen. Iím confident in my fighter and know he is going to get a belt again.

ďThis fight is canít miss and Ken Hershman is going to look like a genius after this fight when Jermain Taylor wins a very hard fought fight over former world champion Carl Froch.Ē

Carl Froch:

ďI want to thank SHOWTIME for coming on board for this fight. I think theyíll be thanking me and Jermain Taylor after the fight because itís going to be one hell of a fight.Ē

Jermain Taylor:

ďIím just looking forward to the fight. Iíve been training in Miami hard. Iím training harder than Iíve ever trained before. Iím looking forward to getting these belts back. Iíve been missing them.Ē

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will air live from MGM Grand Theater at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The fight card is being co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Hennessy Sports. Tickets are on sale now and priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50. Tickets are available at your local Ticket Master and MGM Grand Box Office 866-646-0649.

Article posted on 01.04.2009

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