Froch believes he can deliver again
Updated: Friday, 16 Nov 2012 16:04
Carl Froch is not worried about failing to live up to expectations in Nottingham tomorrow night, believing he has it in his armoury to produce another memorable occasion.
Froch enjoyed arguably the defining night of his career at the Capital FM Arena on 27 May, destroying the previously unbeaten Lucian Bute inside five rounds to become the super-middleweight world champion for a third time.
The 35-year-old has gradually become a crowd favourite over the course of his career, and in stopping Bute to claim the IBF title he will tomorrow defend against Yusaf Mack, he stood firmly in the spotlight.
Mack is not as feared an opponent as Bute was, though, and Froch enters this bout as the overwhelming favourite, with Mack carrying a record of 31-4-2, meaning that another explosive event may not be guaranteed.
"I'll just do what I do," Froch told Press Association Sport.
"The crowd are already turning up, we`ve got a packed arena and obviously, Lucian Bute is a different opponent. He was an unbeaten fighter and I was the underdog and I shocked the world that night.
"People know what to expect and I`m expecting a fantastic night."
Froch takes great pride from having won a world title on three different occasions and has a resume that would be the envy of many a champion.
Over the last four years he has taken on a stellar cast of punchers, starting with Jean Pascal, going on to Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson, Andre Ward and ending with Bute.
Kessler and Ward were the only ones to better him - the two losses of his 31-fight career - and rematches with the pair, as well as a second shot at Bute, are being eyed up for 2013.
Froch, though, knows none of that can be possible without beating Mack.
"I went through one of the biggest tournaments in the world, the Super Six, where I knew who I was fighting for the next five fights, so you`ve always got your eye on your next opponent," he said.
"That said, you can`t take someone like Yusaf Mack for granted. I am looking at the future, but that`s nothing new for me.
"I was in the amateur game for many years, boxed at the top level and had a massive pedigree. I`ve been a professional for 10 years and nothing is going to faze me.
"I'm not going to be complacent or lackadaisical, to take my eye off Yusaf Mack. I know I`ve got a job to do and I know that job could be a difficult one tomorrow night."
With his penchant for taking on such punishing fights, Froch is surprising many by getting better as he grows older.
Bouts against Kessler, Ward and Bute next year would no doubt be one of his toughest-ever assignments as well, but he is confident he has the body and the game to keep going.
"It's two fights a year, so that`s not the end of the world, and I don`t take many punches," he said.
"I live cleanly between fights. It's how you abuse or treat your body between fights that determines your longevity. I`m a clean liver, a consummate professional, I don`t eat rubbish food, I don`t drink and I don`t smoke.
"Physically I was a late developer and I feel like a young 35. I feel in my prime, at my peak and as long as I have the desire to train in the gym, there`s no reason why I can`t go on until I`m 39, 40 years old. I`m not saying I want to, but physically I think I`m going to be able to."
For his part, Mack has had little to say this week, having earlier branded Froch as a "fake Joe Calzaghe".
The 32-year-old was muted when the two met on Tuesday, saying little more than: "I am ready to rumble. I've been the underdog all my life. I am ready. I've been training hard. He says he is fit, but I am fitter and stronger."