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BBC man on Froch-watch

Carl Froch and Arthur Abrahams
Froch dominated Abraham from the outset and regained his belt with an unanimous points win

By Robin Chipperfield
BBC Radio Nottingham

Carl Froch arrived back in the hotel at about four o'clock in the morning local time, greeted by a large cheer from his friends and family in the lobby.

Although he is teetotal, you could have forgiven him for sneaking in a glass of Champagne or two - just not in Helsinki.

Trying to find a bar in the Finnish capital that was open at that time was akin to the task facing Arthur Abraham 10 rounds into the fight, just a few hours earlier. It was just not going to happen.

For one reason or another, Froch seems to have always had plenty of doubters - those that questioned whether he could hack it at the top level.

Whether it's the inevitable hype that goes with the sport that alienates potential Froch fans, I'm not sure. But surely now, there can be no doubt that the Nottingham man is truly world-class.

Carl Froch and Rachel Cordingley
Froch's partner Rachel was quick to congratulate her husband in the ring

I've been fortunate in the hotel this week to be around some of the UK's top boxing writers and commentators and to hear them talk about Froch (before and after the fight) in such glowing terms really surprised me.

I must admit to feeling some scepticism from them in the past about Froch's credentials. Maybe I misjudged them.

But chatting to the likes of Steve Bunce and Gareth A Davies this week, their enthusiasm for Froch and their passion that he must not be undersold shone through.

It doesn't surprise me, but Froch still turned up for breakfast this morning at around 10.30am local time. And having grabbed a coffee (black, no sugar if these things matter to you), he was off to fulfil more media obligations. I genuinely think he quite enjoys that side of the game - maybe it's a front to keep journalists like me happy.

He sat in the hotel room chair waiting to be interviewed and looking pretty relaxed. The only way you'd have known he had been in a fight the previous evening was by the bruising under his left eye - otherwise there was barely a mark on him.

Between interviews, he revealed what had hurt the most during the contest. Like so many, Froch bites his fingers. And a bite too far on his little finger had caused him a little pain during the fight last night.

If only Abraham had known where the Froch weakness was.

Robin Chipperfield is in Helsinki and covered Froch's fight for BBC Radio Nottingham.