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Carl Froch hopeful of May date for Glen Johnson bout

Carl Forch celebrates with the WBC title
Carl Froch's last fight in England was in November 2009 against Andre Dirrell

Carl Froch has said he is "very optimistic" his WBC super-middleweight title defence against Glen Johnson will take place on 21 May.

The Nottingham boxer is due to face the Jamaican in the semi-final of the Super Six Series after out-pointing Armenian Arthur Abraham in November.

While a venue has yet to be confirmed, Froch, 33, wants to fight in England.

"Of my last four fights, only one was at home and that was at at 3am in the morning," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Froch's last fight, a unanimous points victory over Abraham which allowed him to regain the WBC super-middleweight title, took place in Finland while his defeat against Mikkel Kessler in April last year was fought in Denmark.

"I would love England to give my fans the chance to see me in action, but this is world-class boxing and sometimes you have to get away to the States," he said.

If I had lost to Abraham or struggled or lost a split decision, that could have been the end of me

Carl Froch

"I've signed up to the Super Six with American TV network Showtime, so I have not really had the full say on where and when.

"I will do what I can but I would like to do it [the Johnson fight] in England."

As well as England, Montreal and Las Vegas have been mooted as potential venues to fight Johnson, who knocked out Allan Green in the eighth round in November to advance into the Super Six semi-finals.

Froch originally wanted the fight in March but his training preparations have been hampered by illness, forcing him to delay any potential fight by at least six weeks.

"I've been down with flu symptoms for last couple of weeks," he added.


"The original date of 19 March would not have been realistic. My trainer Robert McCracken is not happy if I don't do the full 12 weeks [of training] and the cut-off date for then was a few weeks ago."

Froch said his emphatic victory against Abraham has given him the necessary confidence boost to increase his profile in England.

"If I had lost to Abraham or struggled or lost a split decision, that could have been the end of me," he added.

"Performing in such an emphatic fashion against such a top fighter like Abraham has given me great acknowledgement.

"It was the right fight at the right time but more importantly it was the performance I needed."

Johnson, a former world light-heavyweight champion, was drafted into the Super Sixes as a replacement for the injured Kessler.


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