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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 June, 2004, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Froch eyes world scene
Carl Froch
Froch is desperate for a Lonsdale belt
Carl Froch says he is ready to take on the best in the super middleweight division following his defeat of Mark Woolnough last Wednesday.

In the first defence of his Commonwealth crown, Froch became the first man to stop the tough Canadian.

"Woolnough is just the type of talented, tough opponent I need to be beating in order to progress," said the 26-year-old Nottingham stylist.

"I genuinely believe I could handle myself on the world stage right now."

And Froch's promoter Mick Hennessy believes Froch already has the tools to win a world title.

"It's tempting to move fast with Carl because there is no one who'll beat him," said Hennessy.

"We feel strongly he'd beat (WBC super middleweight champion) Cristian Sanavia tomorrow in seven rounds."

I want that Lonsdale belt and I will win it before going on to European and then world honours
Carl Froch

Froch was due to have challenged Tony Dodson for the British title last week before the champion withdrew following a car crash.

And the situation regarding the domestic crown remains unclear.

"It's a case of waiting now for the Board of Control to decide what to do about the British title," added Froch.

"There's a chance Dodson will be out for some time, so they may nominate me to fight for the vacant title."

Hennessy has indicated Froch could fight Southampton's Matthew Barney in September if Dodson does not recover in time.

"I want that Lonsdale belt and I will win it before going on to European and then genuine world honours," said Froch.

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