Nov 16 2012
Carl Froch is not worried about failing to live up to expectations against Yusaf Mack in Nottingham on Saturday night, believing he has it in his armoury to produce another memorable occasion.
Froch enjoyed arguably the defining night of his career at the Capital FM Arena on May 27, destroying the previously unbeaten Lucian Bute inside five rounds to become the super-middleweight world champion for a third time.
"I'll just do what I do," said IBF title-holder Froch. "The crowd are already turning up, we've got a packed arena and obviously, Lucian Bute is a different opponent. He was an unbeaten fighter and I was the underdog and I shocked the world that night. People know what to expect and I'm expecting a fantastic night."
Froch takes great pride from having won a world title on three different occasions and has a resume that would be the envy of many a champion.
Over the last four years he has taken on a stellar cast of punchers, starting with Jean Pascal, going on to Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson, Andre Ward and ending with Bute.
Kessler and Ward were the only ones to better him - the two losses of his 31-fight career - and rematches with the pair, as well as a second shot at Bute, are being eyed up for 2013. Froch, though, knows none of that can be possible without beating Mack.
"I went through one of the biggest tournaments in the world, the Super Six, where I knew who I was fighting for the next five fights, so you've always got your eye on your next opponent," he added.
"That said, you can't take someone like Yusaf Mack for granted. I am looking at the future, but that's nothing new for me.
"I was in the amateur game for many years, boxed at the top level and had a massive pedigree. I've been a professional for 10 years and nothing is going to faze me.
"I'm not going to be complacent or lackadaisical, to take my eye off Yusaf Mack. I know I've got a job to do and I know that job could be a difficult one tomorrow night."