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Woodhall predicts Froch victory

By Nabil Hassan

Carl Froch
WBC super-middleweight champion Froch has won all 24 of his pro fights

Former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall believes Carl Froch will defeat Jermain Taylor on 25 April.

Some bookmakers have American Taylor as favourite to beat Nottingham's unbeaten WBC super-middleweight champion Froch when the pair meet later this month.

Froch faces Taylor in Connecticut in the first defence of the title he won in December when beating Jean Pascal.

"I don't think Taylor has the beating of Froch, he is not a major threat to be honest," Woodhall told BBC Sport.

Taylor is very confident of victory despite his relative inexperience in the super-middleweight category, telling BBC Sport earlier this week that he was going to "box the hell" out of Froch.

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The 30-year-old is a former undisputed middleweight world champion and only stepped up a weight division last year.

Taylor, who has lost twice in a 31-fight career, defeated Jeff Lacy in a November eliminator to win the right to become Froch's first mandatory challenger.

Woodhall believes that Froch, who is unbeaten in 24 fights with 19 knockouts, has too much class for the American.

"Before the Pascal fight, Froch would not even have registered on the radar of Taylor," said Woodhall, who lost his WBC title to Markus Beyer in 1999.

"Now after that, even though he would not admit it, he'll be thinking 'this guy has what it takes'.

"Jermain has been undisputed champion at middleweight, but now he's fighting at super-middleweight.

"It's a different division of course, but not only do I think he doesn't have the power, I don't think he has the skills to beat Froch.

Richie Woodhall and Joe Calzaghe
Woodhall (left) lost to Joe Calzaghe in 2000

"Froch has the power, he has the skills and he has the chin to beat Taylor."

Froch claimed the title after beating Canadian Pascal on points in a thrilling and brutal encounter at the Nottingham Arena in December.

The pair stood toe-to-toe with each other, trading blows for 12 rounds, and despite the high risk nature of Froch's style, Woodhall does not believe he should change the way he boxes.

"He will look back at the fight and tighten up a little but he shouldn't change his style," said Woodhall.

"He looks to go into the lion's den when he enters the ring and trade blows with the best of them.

"He's 31 now and that's his style and he's not going to change. That way of boxing has made him world champion."

Froch, who is currently Britain's only world champion, flew to Canada on 4 April to continue his preparation for the fight by sparring with Pascal in Montreal.

The Nottingham fighter knows that victory over Taylor will open the door to potential unification fights, with Froch already targeting IBF champion Lucian Bute after the American.

Taylor beat Jeff Lacy in a WBC super-middleweight title eliminator
Taylor beat Jeff Lacy in a WBC super-middleweight title eliminator

However, Froch's fight with Taylor has struggled to gain attention from British broadcasters and it may not be shown on television in the UK.

If he wins the fight then Woodhall thinks there is only one possible opponent with the sort of profile that would get the broadcasters interested - WBA super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler.

"The only other big test for Carl is Kessler," said Woodhall.

"I don't think Bute is in the same league as Froch. He's not a bad boxer but he doesn't have the same power as Froch.

"Kessler is a big name and his biggest threat in the division. He's a victim of Joe Calzaghe but he is known over here.

"He put on a good show at the Millennium Stadium, went 12 rounds with Calzaghe and although Calzaghe did him, it is a fight that would sell.

"That is the biggest fight and biggest threat out there. I think when Froch gets past Jermain he'll take on Kessler late in the summer."



see also
Froch targets Bute after Taylor
23 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Froch closes in on Taylor fight
12 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Taylor beats Lacy in eliminator
16 Nov 08 |  Boxing


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