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Carl Froch represents 888poker.com - 08/05/2012

Online gaming giant backs Froch’s IBF World title clash

Carl Froch is personally representing 888poker.com – and fans can play The Cobra online ahead of his IBF World title fight with Lucian Bute on May 26.

888poker.com are also backing the huge night of boxing at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham as Froch aims to take Bute’s belt and become a three-time World champion, with the fight broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK and shown in over 30 countries worldwide.

In the build up to the fight, Froch will play in three online knock-out format poker tournaments at 888poker.com, with the first at 8pm on May 10, followed by two more on May 17 and 22 at the same time. The person who knocks Froch out in each of the tournaments will win ringside tickets to the IBF World title fight.
888poker have backed some of the biggest nights of boxing live on Sky Sports this season, including Kell Brook’s blockbusting welterweight showdown with Matthew Hatton that smashed TV boxing viewing figure records on Sky Sports, and the 34 year old says it is great that the online gaming giant are teaming up with him as he takes on the unbeaten champ from Montreal.

“I’m delighted to be representing 888poker,” said Froch. “They have supported a lot of great boxing shows this season and I hope to bring the boxing year to a close with a great win over Bute. I’m a keen poker player and I take my game pretty seriously, so I’m looking forward to playing the fans online at 888poker.com and maybe Shane Warne and I can have a little bit of an Ashes game too!”

Chief support on the night comes from Belfast’s unbeaten Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton who faces Raul Hirales for the vacant IBF Inter Continental super bantamweight title. Erick Ochieng defends his English light middleweight title against Nottingham’s AA Lowe, Bute’s fellow Canadian and IBF Inter-Continental light welterweight champion Pier Olivier Cote making his UK debut and exciting unbeaten stars John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Team GB star Scotty Cardle.

Tickets for Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title challenge to Bute are on sale now priced £80 and £150 from the Capital FM Arena Nottingham website www.capitalfmarena.com and on 08444 124624 – £40, £60, £100 and £200 tickets have sold-out, as have the VIP packages priced at £300.