The 34-year-old faces the unbeaten Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena on May 26.
It will be the first time Froch has fought in his home city since 2009, when he handed American Andre Dirrell a first career defeat.
Since then he has been to Denmark, Finlandand most recently the United States, when he reached the final of the Super Six tournament - only to lose his WBC belt to to Andre Ward in December.
Now he is seeking to reclaim a title, as he fights Bute in front ofhis own supporters on a show created by his new promoter Eddie Hearn.
Froch told his official website: "It's a dream come true to get this opportunity to become athree-time world champion in my hometown of Nottingham.
"The Super Six was an incredible journey for me but I missed fighting in the UK and it was important that Eddie and I made that happen - and for it to be for a world-title is the icing on the cake."