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Carl Froch ready to defend title against Yusuf Mack

Froch is the heavy favourite to defeat Mack on Saturday. Photo: PA

Nottingham's Carl Froch is the heavy favourite to defeat American Yusuf Mack in what will be his ninth consecutive title fight at the Capital FM Arena on Saturday.


Carl Froch - 1/33

Draw - 33/1

Yusaf Mack - 10/1

Earning his stripes:

Thanks to the Super Six Boxing Classic, the 35 year-old Froch has fought the best the division has to offer. He came close to unifying the vacant WBA and WBC titles but lost in the final to American Andre Ward in a gruelling contest.

Since he won his first world title, the WBC super middleweight belt after a hard-fought win over Jean Pascal in 2008, Froch has taken part in eight consecutive world title fights. His record of six wins and two losses shows the reputation Froch has built around the world as a fearsome fighter.

Froch's title fights:

  • Dec 2008, Nottingham - beats Jean Pascal in 12 rounds (unanimous decision)
  • Apr 2009, Mashantucket, USA - beats Jermain Taylor in 12 rounds (TKO)
  • Oct 2009, Nottingham - beats Andre Dirrell in 12 rounds (split decision)
  • Apr 2010, Herning, Denmark - loses to Mikkel Kessler in 12 rounds (unanimous decision)
  • Nov 2010, Helsinki, Finland - beats Arthur Abraham in 12 rounds (unanimous decision)
  • June 2011, Atlantic City, USA - beats Glen Johnson in 12 rounds (majority decision)
  • Dec 2011, Atlantic City, USA - loses to Andre Ward in 12 rounds (unanimous decision)
  • May 2012, Nottingham - beats Lucian Bute in 5 rounds (TKO)

Who is Yusaf Mack?

The 32 year-old from Philadelphia brings a 31-4-2 record into this contest

He is normally a light heavyweight fighter and, in his only world title fight, was stopped in the eighth round against Tavoris Cloud in 2011.

Saturday will be Mack's first fight outside of America.

He [Froch] is a fake Calzaghe, he wants to fight like him and do all the moves like him but there is only one Calzaghe.

– Yusaf Mack speaking to Ringside Magazine

The future for Froch:

'The Cobra' has made no secret of his desire to avenge his only two losses (to Denmark's Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward) in his distinguished 31 fight career.

Froch also has an agreement in place for a rematch with Lucian Bate in his adopted hometown of Toronto.

But Froch says he is not looking past Saturday

I'm on the case and I've been training well, I've not taken my eye off the ball and I'm training like I'm the challenger. I'm taking it seriously, like I take all my fights, but I very much expect to do the business.

– Carl Froch speaking to Sky Sports News