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Froch lands hometown title fight

Carl Froch
Froch believes he is on the verge of a world title

Nottingham's Carl Froch will fight for the WBC super-middleweight world title in his hometown later this year.

The 31-year-old will meet unbeaten Canadian Jean Pascal at the Nottingham Arena on Saturday 6 December.

Froch, who has stopped 19 of his 23 opponents, was named earlier this year as the mandatory challenger for Joe Calzaghe's WBC belt.

The Welshman vacated the title to free him up for a light-heavyweight fight with America's Roy Jones Jr.

"I've had two so-called superstars flat out run from me this year in Joe Calzaghe and Jermain Taylor," said Froch.

"But Jean Pascal stepped up, and on 6 December, you're going to have two undefeated fighters in their primes fighting for a world title."

Pascal has a 21-0 record, including 14 wins from knockouts - and the Canadian is confident of adding Froch's scalp to the list.

"I'm very happy for the chance to fight for a world title, and to bring the WBC title back to its rightful home in Quebec," he said.



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