I’ll de­liver Six of the best!


Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE -

CARL FROCH in­sists he’ll lift Bri­tish box­ing by ham­mer­ing An­dre Ward in Satur­day’s Su­per Six fi­nal.

Amir Khan’s shock de­feat to La­mont Peter­son has left Froch and WBO light-heavy­weight cham­pion Nathan Clev­erly as our only glob­ally recog­nised world cham­pi­ons.

WBC su­per-mid­dleweight boss Froch will be­come one of the sport’s big­gest stars if he up­sets WBA king Ward in their At­lantic City clash.

Froch, 34, has come through five tor­rid fights in the Su­per Six and will rightly be crowned the world’s top 12-stone fighter if he’s the last man stand­ing in At­lantic City.

The Not­ting­ham brave­heart, an un­der­dog when he faces the un­beaten Yank Olympic gold medal­list, says: “Every­thing is on the line – money, ti­tles, rep­u­ta­tion, fu­tures.

“The stakes are mas­sive, but that’s when I’m at my best.

“We are two of the best fight­ers in the world in this divi­sion. I’m stand­ing in his way, he’s stand­ing in my way. Some­body’s got to get out of the way.

“It will be down to con­cen­tra­tion and who sticks to their game plan best.

“When Ward loses fo­cus be­cause he can’t han­dle my jab he’ll start cut­ting cor­ners and the fight’s mine.”

Froch has boxed 60 rounds to reach the fi­nal, beat­ing Jer­main Tay­lor, An­dre Dir­rell, Arthur Abra­ham and Glen John­son, and suf­fer­ing his only loss in 29 fights against Mikkel Kessler. Ward, 27 and nick­named “Son of God”, has won all 24 pro­fes­sional fights and beaten Kessler in the com­pe­ti­tion, but Froch is ig­nor­ing that form line.

Froch says: “Kessler had been out of ac­tion for 10 months and was at his worst against Ward. He also got cheated as far as head-butts were con­cerned.

“Kessler was at his best when he fought me and I still thought I did enough in his home­town.

“But that’s mak­ing ex­cuses and there’s noth­ing more bor­ing than lis­ten­ing to them.”

Froch can cause an up­set if he can draw slick Ward into a war, but the Amer­i­can may have too much move­ment and that will be enough to win on points.

CRUNCH TIME: Froch and Ward with their belts and the Su­per Six tro­phy

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.