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BBC man on Froch-watch

By Robin Chipperfield
BBC Radio Nottingham

Carl Froch
Froch looked beaten but fought back to claim an incredible win

That is why we love sport.

It is easy to get over-excited and caught up in the hype of the most recent sporting event you have seen, but I think Carl Froch's 12th-round stoppage of Jermain Taylor is the most dramatic and unbelievable ending I have witnessed.

Lewis Hamilton may disagree, but this was a complete turnaround from a position of little hope, and therefore eclipses the Formula One star's world title victory last year.

The sheer drama and unadulterated excitement of the fight, and the will to win of a British world champion had to be seen to be believed.

The sheer guts and courage of Froch were evident for all to see. I must admit that by the 10th round, as I sat ringside, I had given up hope of a Froch victory.

It looked to me as though Froch would have to knock Taylor out to win the fight, and to be frank, I could not see how the champion would be able to manage that.

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Taylor fought a good fight, looking composed and in complete control of the contest almost from the first bell.

But there was just a sign in the 11th round that Froch was nibbling away at Taylor, and the Nottingham man destroyed him in the next round.

As Froch left the BBC media room at the MGM Grand, having conducted an interview for BBC Radio Five Live a couple of hours after the fight, you saw the toll it had taken on him.

He admitted he had been under par, and struggled to come to terms with the contest in the early stages.

He showed a few bruises and hobbled in and out of the room, having been hurt by an unintentional low blow from Taylor.

It was clear to see the effort that the likeable Froch had put into it. He will learn an awful lot from his night's work.

So what next for the champion? He was asked in the ring afterwards whether he would consider a rematch with Taylor and said he would.

Carl Froch (left) is floored by Jermain Taylor
Froch (left) had to get up off the floor in the third round

However, promoter Mick Hennessy suggested otherwise in the news conference later. And Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler seem more likely opponents.

It has been an extraordinary week in Mashantucket, Connecticut - seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

It was a surreal venue to host a world title fight, though there will certainly be no complaints about the atmosphere within the theatre itself. The acoustics of the place lent themselves to a vibrant feel, though I must admit it felt satisfying for Froch to silence the chants of "U-S-A".

He can look back at a terrific week, and most importantly he heads back to his home city with the WBC belt still tucked under his arm.

He never does things the easy way, but Froch has produced two outstanding displays to win and retain his belt.

And who knows, his next defence might even be deemed worthy of live television coverage?



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