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Froch gearing up for title shot

Froch gears up for title shot

Nottingham boxer Carl Froch is back home after a spell at a training camp in Ireland in preparation for his world title shot in his hometown.

Froch will take on Canadian Jean Pascal for the world super-middleweight title on 6 December, and has spent four weeks in total in Ireland.

"It's nice because we're secluded," the 31-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"We're out in the middle of nowhere and have the gym all to ourselves so we can train as and when we want."

Froch said he enjoyed his time on the west coast of the country, and admitted it was nice to be able to completely focus on himself.

"It's good to be able to be the main priority - that's how it should be with a fight for a world title. You don't want to be waiting around for anybody or worrying if we've got the right equipment to do what we need to do."

Froch's training ranges included middle distance running and hill sprints around the country grounds which surround his hotel complex - he has also been sparring with a range of other boxers who are out here to help him prepare.

Junior Witter, John O'Donnell and current Commonwealth middleweight champion Darren Barker were all in the Froch camp in Ireland, with Barker taking part in competitive sparring sessions with the title contender, who is feeling the benefit of the action.

Carl Froch
Froch's last fight was in Nottingham in May, when he beat Albert Rybacki

"The shots I've got coming at me are very fast and Jean Pascal's very fast, so it's good preparation for where I need to be."

Gedling-born Froch has now returned to Nottingham for final preparations before he takes to the ring at the Nottingham Arena, and despite the enormous benefit the camp provided, he admits it was not always a thrilling ride in Ireland.

"It can get a bit boring, but training camps aren't meant to be exciting."

But one thing kept him going in his time away from the gym.

"I've always got my Xbox to keep me occupied! I've just bought Gears of War 2, so I'm playing that non-stop - I'm stuck at the minute in a big worms intestine, so I'm trying to fight my way out, but I'm getting there!"

As well as the other boxers, Froch has also had his promoter Mick Hennessy and trainer Rob McCracken to keep him company over the course of the month-long camp, and McCracken made it clear just how important it was to get Froch away from distraction in the lead-up to his title shot.

"You need to get him out of his home town so he can just concentrate solely on boxing - running hard, sparring well and training for the fight he's got coming up.

"He's been doing some really good running up country lanes, he's been doing some excellent sparring, and he can just concentrate on what he's got to work on for the fight - technique, fitness, everything - it's just vital that he comes out to a camp and concentrate solely on the fight."

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