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BBC man Robin Chipperfield on Carl Froch-Watch

Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler - WBC super-middleweight title
Date: Saturday 24 April, approx. 2130 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

Chipperfield on Froch Watch

As Carl Froch got off the plane that brought him to Denmark on Wednesday, a Danish journalist enquired about what the personal reasons were that meant his arrival here was delayed for 24 hours. "Personally, I didn't want to come til today," quipped Froch.

It had, I thought, summed up his demeanour over the past couple of days. Moody, downbeat and annoyed.

He had seemed that way at Wednesday's news conference too. Irked by some of the questions from Danish journalists. He has never been like that before.

In my experience, he has always been happy to talk to reporters for as long as they want to, satisfied that their need to garner quotes from him helps both them and his wider profile.

It may well have been an act.

On Wednesday night, as I sat having dinner close to the Team Froch hotel, he looked a calm, relaxed figure as he strolled hand in hand with his girlfriend Rachael by the river. They could have been any happy couple in any part of the world - he did not seem to have a care.

I had arranged not to interview Carl at the news conference on Wednesday, because there were dozens of journalists there.

He would have been "interviewed out" and I often find that he gives better, more considered and articulate answers when he feels more relaxed, when he is not worrying about who is listening.

That was certainly the case this morning, when he appeared as relaxed as I have ever seen him in the build-up to a fight.

He spoke eloquently and in a very considered way about having a barbecue in Nottingham last weekend rather than flying to Denmark and about his respect for Kessler as a man. It made such a pleasant change from the usual trashy way that boxers talk about each other in the build-up to a fight.

Carl Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley
Froch has his girlfriend Rachael for company in Denmark

Both Kessler and Froch have exhibited a good deal of class in the past few weeks, in their dealings with the media and each other.

The Messecenter itself where they will meet again in Friday's weigh-in and Saturday's fight has the feel of a very atmospheric venue.

With 10,000 people expected, and with the arena having a very low ceiling, the atmosphere could be very special. Froch is used to crowds of 8-9,000 at the Nottingham Arena, but this will be the largest he has fought in front of.

I was wary of how he would deal with such a pro-Kessler crowd. But having spoken again to him on Thursday morning, he exudes calm. And that fills you with the confidence he will need on Saturday evening.

You can follow Robin on Twitter and BBC Radio Nottingham will be live in Denmark from 2130 BST on Saturday, 24 April.