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BBC man Robin Chipperfield on Froch-Watch

Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler - WBC super-middleweight title
Date: Saturday 24 April, approx. 2130 BST Venue: Herning, Denmark
Coverage: Live coverage on Primetime (Sky channel 480), BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Nottingham, live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

By Robin Chipperfield
BBC Radio Nottingham

Chipperfield on Froch Watch

If there was a doubt in my mind earlier this week about whether Carl Froch was in the right frame of mind for the defence of his world title, that doubt was eliminated on Friday morning.

He came down for breakfast in a great mood, happily chatting on any number of subjects and appeared as relaxed as I have seen him at any point this week.

Froch seemed to have a very relaxing Friday, with just a couple of media commitments - something that never seems to worry him - before setting off in the middle of the afternoon for the weigh-in.

But just before leaving the hotel to drive the 30 minutes or so to the Messecenter for the weigh-in, there came a moment that really appeared to lift his spirits. His family and close friends arrived.

It felt like a small part of Nottingham had descended on the hotel

You sensed that all the worry of whether or not they would be able to make the journey had clouded his mood earlier in the week but now it felt like a small part of Nottingham had descended on his hotel. He was content.

In a fleet of cars, they all made the journey to the weigh-in, where the usual shouts of "In-ger-land" were mixed in with good-humoured banter with some Kessler supporters, who'd dressed up in viking gear for the afternoon. At least, I assume so.

Both fighters comfortably made the weight, both registering 11st 13lb with Kessler just three ounces lighter, yet it was Froch who appeared the most comfortable on the scales.


There was a beaming smile as he stood with his arms outstretched - he glanced confidently across the heads of press, photographers and camera crews in that corner of the Messecenter.

He had never looked anywhere near as confident in Connecticut on his last venture overseas.

Having lost his last fight, any doubts the Dane has in his mind about facing Froch will not have been helped by the command that the Nottingham man took of the whole situation.

In his own backyard, Kessler looked on a little sheepishly as Froch stole centre-stage.

You can follow Robin on Twitter and BBC Radio Nottingham will be live in Denmark from 2130 BST on Saturday, 24 April.

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