BBC Sport boxing

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 13:50 GMT, Thursday, 8 October 2009 14:50 UK

I am stronger than ever - Froch

Arthur Abraham (l), Carl Froch (c) and Mikkel Kessler
Froch (c) is part of the new Super Six tournament

Nottingham boxer Carl Froch says he is in his best ever physical condition ahead of his world title defence against Andre Dirrell on 17 October.

Ahead of the Nottingham Arena bout, he told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I'm feeling fitter and stronger at 32-years-old than I have ever felt in my life.

"I'm punching well and my runs are going well too. It is a gamble, but then every single fight is a gamble."

Froch won the WBC super-middleweight belt in his home city in December 2008.

He out-pointed Canadian Jean Pascal, before he dramatically knocked out Jermain Taylor in his first defence in Connecticut in April.

"The Pascal fight showed everybody what I was about. But that was more about heart and guts. I want to show some slick skills," Froch added.

He brings a lot of skills to the table, he's an Olympic medallist and has fast hands. He's got a great amateur pedigree, but is he ready for the professional stage at world level? We'll find out

Carl Froch on Andre Dirrell

The contest in Nottingham will be Froch's first fight in the new Super Six tournament, which guarantees at least three bouts for its entrants. Froch and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler will put their belts on the line.

The two current champions are likely to meet in either Copenhagen or Nottingham, probably in March, before Froch faces Andre Ward.

Promoter Mick Hennessy has no doubts about the Super Six concept: "This tournament means everything to us, it's very special.

"This will bring the excitement back to boxing, it's a unique concept and is a win-win concept for the fans."

Froch's victory over Taylor to retain his belt was arguably the most dramatic fight of the year, with the Nottingham man knocking out the American with just 14 seconds of the contest left.

But Froch seems confident he will win more comfortably this time: "There are no injuries going into this fight. When I fought Taylor, I rolled my ankle three weeks before the fight.

"I wasn't able to run for two weeks and that's the most important time for the running."

With the Kessler contest on the horizon, there seems little danger of Froch underestimating Dirrell.

"He brings a lot of skills to the table, he's an Olympic medallist and has fast hands. He's got a great amateur pedigree, but is he ready for the professional stage at world level? We'll find out."



BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.