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BBC man Robin Chipperfield on Froch-Watch

Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler - WBC super-middleweight title
Date: Saturday 24 April, approx. 2115 BST Venue: Herning, Denmark
Coverage: Live coverage on Primetime (Sky channel 480), BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Nottingham, live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

By Robin Chipperfield
BBC Radio Nottingham

Carl Froch
Froch will be making the third defence of his world title

I did not want to start the first of a new edition of "Froch-Watch" with an accusation of stating the obvious, but it is a long way from Brussels to Herning, Denmark.

With the airspace having been closed, a marathon trek started with a train journey from Nottingham to London, followed by a faster, sleeker train from London to Brussels and then the longest road trip of my life to the destination for Saturday's WBC super-middleweight title defence against Mikkel Kessler.

Driving in six countries in one day set a new personal best.

Froch arrived in Denmark on Wednesday, though his schedule is pretty tough. Having flown in from East Midlands Airport, he will go straight to a news conference at the Messecenter in Herning, and in all likelihood spend a couple of hours answering questions about how he can cope with the fight against Kessler given the confusion, re-arrangements and uncertainty of the past few days.

I am sure he will claim that it has not damaged his chances at the weekend, and that it does not matter whether he flies into a place on a Tuesday, Saturday or Wednesday. But you have to remember that Froch is happiest around his family and friends in his own city. He loves his home comforts.


You could therefore argue that he has had more time enjoying his home comforts, having not left Nottingham until Wednesday morning, and that he might be in a better frame of mind for not having had the usual hullaballoo that goes with world title fights.

Frankly, in Connecticut (when he defended his world title against Jermain Taylor) he looked bored around the Mashantucket complex, with little to do except train and eat. I lost count of the times I saw him just walking around. That is time when his mind will not have had much in it - apart from the thought of a world title fight.

Maybe this time, things will be different. He has had other things to worry about, concern over whether he could get to Denmark, concern over whether the fight would go ahead. But is it good to be thinking about anything other than a world title fight in the week of a world title fight?

And during all of this time, Mikkel Kessler has been waiting in Denmark with few worries and little drama, just waiting to see whether his opponent will arrive.

Froch, though, is mentally strong and I wonder whether he might try to use the difficulties of the past few days to create a "them and us" attitude, the thought that "I'll show them." The next few days will give us a pretty good idea of what shape he is in ahead of the biggest fight of his career to date.

You can follow Robin on Twitter and BBC Radio Nottingham will be live in Denmark from 2100 BST on Saturday 24 April.