Froch fighting to be the World's best - 15/12/2011
THE Cobra believes Super Six glory will prove he's number one
Carl Froch says that there is no doubt that if he beats Andre Ward in the Super Six final on Saturday that he will be the best Super Middleweight in the World.
Froch is in Atlantic City where he will face Ward in the culmination of the tournament that sees both men lay their WBC (Froch) and WBA (Ward) and also fight for the Ring Magazine belt at the famous Boardwalk Hall, live on Sky Sports.
Ward, Froch and the prizes
The Nottingham star came face-to-face with Ward at the press conference in New York before they made the trip down to Atlantic City, and Froch promised the assembled press and the worldwide audience that they will see him at his peak.
“I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed with what you see on Saturday night,” said Froch. “I am in the best shape of my life. It’s as simple as that. I’ve been on the weight now for a couple of weeks. I feel sharp, strong, confident. Physically and mentally, I could not be in better shape. I know I’m ready and I know that Saturday night is going to be my night.”
When asked about the next step for the winner, both men dismissed IBF champion Lucian Bute as a credible opponent for the victor of Saturday’s monumental unification bout.
“Bute isn’t even in the discussion,” said Froch. “I know he’s the IBF champion but the two names on his record are Brian Magee and Glen Johnson, that’s it. He lost to a guy named Librado Andrade. He actually got KO’d. The referee picked him up off the floor, washed his gumshield 40 seconds later and the bell was rung and he won on points. But in my opinion, he was knocked out. Lucian Bute needs to fight some of the top level people before he can call himself the best or in the top three in the world.”
Froch was typically honest when asked whether he would target the cut that forced Andre Ward to miss the original October date for the fight: “I’ll be trying to hit Andre Ward in the face – very hard and very often. Will I be targeting the right eye or left eye or wherever his cut was? To be totally honest, no. It’s too difficult to target a square inch on somebody’s cranium.
“The delay in the fight did me a favour. My trainer, Robert McCracken, also has a great responsibility with the Great Britain amateur boxing team preparing for the 2012 Olympics. He would have had to leave camp for a bit but now it’s a non-issue.”