Froch, Mack Make Weight for Saturday's IBF Title Bout
Fight Network Staff / November 16, 2012 - 2:00pm
CARL FROCH (29-2, 21 KOs), Champion, Nottingham, UK 167 ½ lbs. vs.
YUSAF MACK (31-4-2, 17 KOs), Challenger, Philadelphia, PA, USA 168 lbs
Froch quotes from today's official weigh-in: "I've trained just as hard for this fight as I did for the Bute fight. The training, the physical side of it: the runs, the groundwork and the sparring, have been just as hard as last time. You've got to be in tip-top shape for every single fight, if I turned up 50-percent fit for Mack then I'm probably going to get beat. It's as simple as that. I can't just take my foot off the gas and think, 'Oh, I've got an easy fight.' There's no such thing as an easy fight, so I turn up fully prepared for whoever I'm fighting.
"This is a World title fight so he'll come and try to cause an upset. He can punch a bit, because he's a light heavyweight, so he's going to probably try to catch me out early on and maybe let a barrage of shots off early. So, I need to be cute, clever and box behind my jab and just find my feet for the first three or four rounds before I close the distance and close that fighting gap and start letting some artillery go.
"I've made the mistake in the past of not turning up 100-percent and I nearly came unstuck against Dale Westerman. It was the warm-up fight before I boxed Brian Magee, defending my British title, and it was a hard night's work. It was tough. It was nine rounds of me getting my head punched in until I closed the show in the ninth. But that was supposed to be an easy walk in the park for me but it was probably one of my hardest fights because I wasn't fully prepared. I took him lightly. I'm too professional to not take this guy seriously.
"I've sparred a lot with Tony Bellew - a World champion in waiting, in my opinion - done some hard, long runs and some hill-work which is very difficult and my groundwork has stepped up a level and I'm feeling it. It builds-up getting harder and harder, until fight week when I take my foot off the gas, recover and then explode tomorrow. I'm going to be ready."
OTHER PPV BOUTS:
Vacant WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Championship (12)
TONY BELLEW (18-1, 12 KOs), Liverpool, UK 174 ¾ lbs.
ROBERTO BOLONTI (30-1, 19 KOs), Buenos Aires, Argentina 173 lbs.
Light Welterweights (8)
SCOTTY CARDLE (7-0, 2 KOs), Lytham St. Annes, UK TBD lbs.
JOE ELFIDH (7-2), Harworth, UK TBD lbs.
KHALID YAFAI (4-0, 3 KOs), British Olympian, Birmingham, UK 118 ¼ lbs.
PRO ANTONIO NETTUNO (7-5, 1 KO), Cesenatico, Italy 120 3/4 lbs.
(Highlights of other undercard bouts may been shown, time permitting)
WHAT: "True Brit: Froch vs. Mack" PPV
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 3:00 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
WHERE: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, United Kingdom
PROMOTER: Matchroom Boxing
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