Froch quotes from today’s official weigh-in: “I’ve trained just as hard for this fight as I did for the Bute fight. The training, the physical side of it: the runs, the groundwork and the sparring, have been just as hard as last time. You’ve got to be in tip-top shape for every single fight, if I turned up 50-percent fit for Mack then I’m probably going to get beat. It’s as simple as that. I can’t just take my foot off the gas and think, ‘Oh, I’ve got an easy fight.’ There’s no such thing as an easy fight, so I turn up fully prepared for whoever I’m fighting.
“This is a World title fight so he’ll come and try to cause an upset. He can punch a bit, because he’s a light heavyweight, so he’s going to probably try to catch me out early on and maybe let a barrage of shots off early. So, I need to be cute, clever and box behind my jab and just find my feet for the first three or four rounds before I close the distance and close that fighting gap and start letting some artillery go.
“I’ve made the mistake in the past of not turning up 100-percent and I nearly came unstuck against Dale Westerman. It was the warm-up fight before I boxed Brian Magee, defending my British title, and it was a hard night’s work. It was tough. It was nine rounds of me getting my head punched in until I closed the show in the ninth. But that was supposed to be an easy walk in the park for me but it was probably one of my hardest fights because I wasn’t fully prepared. I took him lightly. I’m too professional to not take this guy seriously.
“I’ve sparred a lot with Tony Bellew – a World champion in waiting, in my opinion – done some hard, long runs and some hill-work which is very difficult and my groundwork has stepped up a level and I’m feeling it. It builds-up getting harder and harder, until fight week when I take my foot off the gas, recover and then explode tomorrow. I’m going to be ready.”
OTHER PPV BOUTS:
Vacant WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Championship (12)
TONY BELLEW (18-1, 12 KOs), Liverpool, UK 174 ¾ lbs.vs.
ROBERTO BOLONTI (30-1, 19 KOs), Buenos Aires, Argentina 173 lbs.
Light Welterweights (8)
SCOTTY CARDLE (7-0, 2 KOs), Lytham St. Annes, UK TBD lbs. vs.
JOE ELFIDH (7-2), Harworth, UK TBD lbs.
KHALID YAFAI (4-0, 3 KOs), British Olympian, Birmingham, UK 118 ¼ lbs.
vs.PRO ANTONIO NETTUNO (7-5, 1 KO), Cesenatico, Italy 120 3/4 lbs.
(Highlights of other undercard bouts may been shown, time permitting)
WHAT: “True Brit: Froch vs. Mack” PPV
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
WHERE: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, United Kingdom
PROMOTER: Matchroom Boxing
PPV: Distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 PM/ET – 12:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
“True Brit” will also be available to view via Fight Now TV, America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel, on Cablevision channel 464 as part of the iO Gold package, as well as online at:
ANNOUNCERS: Sky Sports’ Nick Halling (blow-by-blow) & former world lightweight champion Jim Watt (color commentator)
Punters Back Froch To Beat Mack
CARL FROCH looks set to successfully defend his IBF super-middleweight strap by defeating Yusef Mack with a knockout blow in Nottingham on Saturday night, according to the betting on Betfair. The champion is the odds-on favourite at 1-4 for victory by KO in his hometown, having destroyed Lucian Bute in the same devastating fashion last May.
Punters on the betting exchange don’t fancy Mack’s chances of causing an upset at the Capital FM Arena. The American boasts 17 KOs on his record, but odds of 20-1 suggest that Mack will struggle to upend his opponent.
Betfair’s Alex Bake said: “The signs point to a Froch win on Saturday night; the champ is a massive favourite to retain his title. No disrespect to Mack, but Froch has proved himself against a higher pedigree of opponent than Mack. Our customers expect Froch to make light work of him this weekend.”
Carl Froch v Yusef Mack – Betfair bet: 1-14 Froch, 15-1 Mack, 84-1 the draw
Method of victory – Betfair bet: 1-4 Froch KO, 5-1 Froch decision, 20-1 Mack KO, 31-1 Mack decision
CARL FROCH-YUSAF MACK & ADRIEN BRONER-ANTONIO DeMARCO
BOXING CHANNEL FIGHT COVERAGE ON TWO SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC
The Boxing Channel will provide on the scene post fight coverage of November 17 matches in both the Unites States and Great Britain. Coverage of the Carl Froch-Yusaf Mack title bout in Nottingham, England and the Antonio DeMarco-AdrienBroner match in Altantic City, New Jersey can be seen on www.boxingchannel.tv.
The Froch-Mack coverage will be hosted by talented British presenter Zora Suleman, and hosting the Broner-DeMarco coverage is award winning U.S. commentator Dave Bontempo. Froch is defending his IBF 168 pound title and DeMarco is defending his WBC lightweight title against Broner, a former featherweight champion. Previews of these fights, with Al Bernstein’s keys to victory can currently be seen on The Boxing Channel.
In Other news:
*A new feature called “Center Stage” debuts on The Boxing Channel Friday, November 16. The first of these intimate and informational features gives Light Heavyweight Champ Chad Dawson his spot on Center Stage.
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