Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Froch up for best in world

Carl Froch knows he could lose his WBC super-middleweight title the next time he steps in the ring after reclaiming the title in Finland on Saturday night.

Froch had lost the title to Mikkel Kessler in April but bounced back to world champion status with a unanimous points victory over Arthur Abraham in Helsinki.

Both men had gone into the fight looking to hit back after they suffered their first professional defeats in their previous outings.

But Froch executed his fight plan perfectly which was reflected in the scores given by the judges of 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108.

Froch said: “It's fight after fight here which is risky, I can't just sit back in Nottingham and defend my title against bum of the month, no disrespect to any journeymen.

“I have to get in there and fight Glen Johnson and potentially Andre Ward, a WBA champion and top American and Olympic gold medallist.”

Froch said: “I'm not messing about: I'm in this sport because I mean business and I want to secure my legacy as a legend in the sport and I think I am getting something close to doing that. Hopefully one day British television might show one of my fights.”

Froch got the chance to fight for the title under the Super Six format but knows he will have to put it on the line the next time he steps into the ring, as he had done unsuccessfully against Kessler.

He said: “I was lifted by the fact the belt was still within my grasp, I was still in the Super Six tournament and I could get it back in the next fight. On the same note as that it is up for grabs in the next fight.”

Froch had the better of a cagey opening round, the Briton constantly probing and jabbing and attempting to negotiate Abraham's high-held guard.

Froch continued to dominate, keeping out of range, and although Abraham managed to unleash a cluster of shots it was the Briton who commanded the ring, pinning his opponent to the ropes with a series of shots to the head and body.

In the seventh Froch had Abraham pinned into the corner with a combination of ferocious shots to the head and body.

The ninth round saw Abraham in trouble with Froch sending in left-right combinations with the jab through the middle causing constant problems for his opponent who was buckling.

Still Froch landed some shuddering blows in the 10th, a right uppercut and left hook combination rocking Abraham before another left hook appeared to have Abraham in real trouble.

Entering the final round, only a knockout could save Abraham and he did unleash a couple of thunderous rights which clearly rocked Froch and the unthinkable seemed on.

But, Froch returned to his game plan and kept his opponent out of range and, although Abraham landed a thudding right in the final 10 seconds, it was the Briton who enjoyed a dominant victory.

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