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BBC man on Froch-watch

CARL FROCH V JERMAIN TAYLOR
Venue: Mashantucket, Connecticut Date: Sunday 26 April Start: Approx. 0300 BST Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Nottingham

By Robin Chipperfield
BBC Radio Nottingham

Carl Froch
Froch hopes to generate interest in his stock among audiences in the USA

Without wishing to make Froch-watch sound like a postcard you'd send to your parents, I have arrived safely in Connecticut and the weather is wet. Very wet.

I am pleased to say that the forecast is much better for the days ahead, but I am also slightly worried to find it comforting in a "Briton-goes-abroad" way to talk about the weather.

If you are wondering where this fight is taking place, I would not blame you.

While Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden are more widely known as boxing venues in the USA, Froch's first defence of his world title is at the MGM Grand in a small town called Ledyard in Connecticut. It is about half way between Boston and New York.

Driving here from the airport was a strange affair. Conditions were difficult in the heavy rain (more comfort for the British!), but approximately seven miles off one of the major roads lies the MGM Grand.

There's no "side" to Froch and the brash, confident, arrogant figure you see in the ring or on the television is somewhat different from the person away from the spotlight

BBC Radio Nottingham's Robin Chipperfield

You drive through some beautiful countryside, with the classic New England houses on either side. Wooden homes, painted either cream or pale blue, with verandas at the front. And all of a sudden emerges the casino complex, which is enormous.

Put it this way, my room is on the 21st floor, and I am not that close to the top! Having dumped by bags in the room, I went for a tour around and it takes around 30 minutes to walk from one end of the complex to the other.

I attempted to have a sneaky look inside the arena where Carl Froch will face Jermain Taylor on Saturday night. No luck, doors locked.

I did bump into Froch, trainer Rob McCracken and promoter Mick Hennessy on the walk around the complex though. They all seemed pretty buoyant and were keen on selecting a restaurant from the seemingly dozens available to choose from.

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Froch looked pretty calm and composed, and could have easily been mistaken for the hundreds of other people wandering around also looking for a slot machine or place to eat.

Whereas some sportsmen and women would stick out in a place like this, Froch quietly blends into the background. Unless you knew who he was, you'd be hard pressed to pick him out as a world boxing champion.

There's no "side" to him and the brash, confident, arrogant figure you see in the ring or on the television is somewhat different from the person away from the spotlight.

Froch is off to New York tomorrow for a pretty major press conference and to record some television interviews.

I think that is an important part of the process for him. He needs to come across well in interviews with American TV (as well as put on a performance in the ring) to try and woo the audience.

If he's liked out of the ring, and then impresses against Taylor - a well-known American name - the likes of Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden might well be the next stop.

Robin Chipperfield will be covering Froch's fight for BBC Radio Nottingham, and will be writing regular reports for bbc.co.uk/nottingham



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