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Froch camp confirms Taylor fight

Carl Froch
Froch has won all 24 of his pro fights

Carl Froch will make the first defence of his WBC super-middleweight crown against American Jermain Taylor in Connecticut on 25 April.

The undefeated Nottingham boxer, 31, won the WBC title by beating Canadian Jean Pascal in December, and will be fighting in the US for the second time.

The contest at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket will shown live by American broadcaster Showtime.

Taylor defeated Jeff Lacy in November to become the mandatory challenger.

"This isn't a case of a young fighter on the way up taking advantage of a big name on the way out or two old timers cashing out with a big payday - this is a real fight," said Mick Hennessy, Froch's promoter.

"You've got two of the world's finest fighters, both at the peak of their powers and out to prove that they are amongst the world's best pound-for-pound fighters."

Former undisputed middleweight champion Taylor lost his title to Kelly Pavlik in 2007 and has been defeated twice in a 31-fight career.

The 30-year-old first claimed the middleweight title in 2005 having beaten fellow American Bernard Hopkins on points in Las Vegas.

He retained the title against Hopkins five months later and went on to make three further defences before Pavlik inflicted the first of two defeats in September 2007.

Taylor stepped up a weight to record a unanimous points victory over fellow American Lacy in a WBC super-middleweight title eliminator last November.

Froch holds a perfect 24-0 record with 19 KOs.

"I expect fireworks in this match-up," said DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella.

"There is an aggressive, straight-ahead, rugged champion fighting a seasoned athletic warrior. It is a can't-miss fight and the title will change hands."

No details have been announced of which UK broadcaster will show the fight.

see also
Froch closes in on Taylor fight
12 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Taylor beats Lacy in eliminator
16 Nov 08 |  Boxing

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