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Froch out to lift Nottingham

22.06.05 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch has vowed to give the people of Nottingham something to cheer about when he defends against Southampton’s Matthew Barney on Saturday July 9th on the Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ event being broadcast live by ITV..

With Nottingham Forest being relegated to League One, Notts County finishing only 19th in League Two and with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club sitting mid-table in the County Championship Division One and second from bottom in the totesport League Division One the sports fans of the area are having something of a lean time.

That is all set to change.

“The only success we have had recently is the cricket team winning promotion last year to County Championship Division One,” said the 27-year-old Froch.

“I am as upset about the situation as everybody else, so I am going to do something about it. I am going to bring the glory days back to Nottingham.”

Froch added: “I am too young to remember when Forest did back to back European Cups with Cloughie in his green jumper, but I still know a lot about it.

“That’s because the people who were around at the time still reminisce about those days. This place appreciates success; we have some of the best fans in the world.

“I want to make history like that. I want to create the same kind of buzz there was back then and win a place in the hearts of the people by giving them what they deserve.

“I have gone part way towards that by winning English, British and Commonwealth titles, but there is so much more to come, starting with Barney.”

“Some people reckon that I am going to struggle against him because of his elusive style.

“Not a chance. He is going to have to fight in order to survive because I am going to jump on him from the off. He won’t know whats hit him.

“He has been mouthing off about me for two years; he has made it personal. Now he is going to see what I am really all about.

“I am going to do a job on Matthew Barney like no other fighter has done before and give this City something to shout about.

“I can’t wait for my hometown fans to lift the roof off of the Arena, it’s going to be a sensational night.”

The undefeated ‘Cobra,’ who last time out stopped the world ranked Henry Porras in Hollywood, continued: “Then I will be looking at getting back out to America and representing Nottingham again on the world stage.

“That is where I am going to have to do the business to achieve anything like what Cloughie did.

“Beating the world’s best has always been my game-plan. I am going to unify the super middleweight division and bring the titles home for my fans.”

Article posted on 23.06.2005



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