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Trainer demands Froch recognition

Jermain Taylor (left) and Carl Froch
Taylor's other two career losses came at the hands of Kelly Pavlik

Trainer Robert McCracken believes Carl Froch's final-round defeat of Jermain Taylor should finally earn him the respect he deserves from British fans.

Froch was heading for a points defeat but unleashed a barrage of punches to stop Taylor with 13 seconds remaining in his first defence of the WBC crown.

"We won't get a Carl Froch again for a long, long time," said McCracken.

"He is a special fighter and he needs to be embraced in Britain because it's a bit of a joke really."

The impact of Froch's win in Connecticut on Saturday was reduced because it was not shown live on television in the UK.


But McCracken believes that Froch's most significant scalp yet, combined with his all-action style, will keep his fan base growing.

"Carl Froch hasn't been acknowledged but surely he'll be acknowledged now. I was a kid and I used to watch the Tommy Hearns fights but this kid punches every bit as hard as any of them," he said.

"His knockout record is phenomenal and anyone who has gone the distance with him has either tried to survive or has not tried to win. He is a phenomenal athlete.

"Carl Froch is a special fighter, the only fighter I've ever come across that you just know he's going to win, be it in sparring or in a fight, you know he's going to get them.

"It could be the last round, it could be the first round; he's a phenomenal puncher."

It was only the second time that Nottingham's Froch had fought across the Atlantic and McCracken revealed his charge had won despite initially being overawed by the occasion.

"The nerves kind of got to him a little bit in the changing room and he wasn't himself. Taylor's a top, top fighter who beat Bernard Hopkins twice so he was a little bit nervous," said McCracken.

see also
Froch challenges Calzaghe again
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Froch v Taylor photos
26 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Froch stuns Taylor with late show
26 Apr 09 |  Boxing
BBC man on Froch-watch
22 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Froch-Taylor bout given TV boost
22 Apr 09 |  Boxing
McCracken confident of Froch win
22 Apr 09 |  Boxing
The secret diary of Carl Froch
24 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Froch relishing defending abroad
09 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Woodhall predicts Froch victory
08 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Froch to spar with beaten Pascal
02 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Taylor warning for champion Froch
06 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Froch wins thriller to take title
07 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Pavlik stuns Taylor to win title
30 Sep 07 |  Boxing
Pavlik delight at Taylor victory
17 Feb 08 |  Boxing

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