Carl Froch talks May 5th Homecoming Plans
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Livefight.com caught up with the UK's top Super Middleweight Carl 'The Cobra' Froch to talk about his plans for 2012.
The Nottingham man tells us how their narrowing down their opponent list and possibly looking to train in Tenerife.
LF: So Carl how are things at the moment?
Really good thanks, had a lovely Christmas break with Rach and Rocco. I finally kind of realised how much of a rest I needed after the last couple of years to be honest. It's not until you stop still, you realise what a 'nice break' is.
LF: I bet, so have you began training yet in any shape or form ?
You know me, I'm always doing something or other. But I've actually kicked off some training this week at the local Nuffield gym just up the road in Mapperly. Been doing some spinning classes with my leotard on !
LF: Snake print?
Yeah, that's the one. It's been snowing heavy so it's like Bambi on Ice when I try running outside at the moment. The Nuffield has all the sort of equipment I need to keep in check.
Obviously you know we're looking at May 5th at the Capital FM arena, so that leaves me about ten to twelve weeks of prep. That's plenty for me as I'm not too far off the weight at the minute anyway.
I'm also hoping to fly out to Tenerife for a couple of weeks. My friend has a new gym out there. So will definitely try and do that too.
LF: May 5th at the Nottingham Arena will be a massive homecoming at last for you. Are you relishing that ?
I was all set for taking on Bute in Canada, but as everyone heard Showtime were looking at an American opponent for Bute's next televised fight with them. He's on a deal and has so far boxed an Irishman and a Jamaican, so you can appreciate their approach to their investment.
I don't agree anyone else other than myself would make a better build-up or fight of it on the night, but it is what it is.
So bearing all that in mind, Matchroom are looking at a homecoming fight in Nottingham and a top ranked opponent.
I don't want a'gimme' at this stage of my career even though I've earned one. I don't want some bum who nobody has heard of. My fans have spent big dollar on supporting me from Herning to Atlantic City and all the stop-off's in between. They don't deserve a patsy and I won't fight one.
They're gonna be top names and / or with a top ranking at 168.
LF: Is there any names drafted out at the minute?
Pavlik's name was kicked about. But it's possibly Librado Andrade or the WBC number 3, a lad called Noe Gonzalez. I don't know too much about the latter, but he's got the WBC silver belt or whatever and has about 20 knockouts.
LF: Well personally, if it's Librado Andrade I will be excited. He's a great character, hard as nails and I think your styles would gel for a great punch-up !
Yes, he's certainly game and that's what we want. He got screwed in the first Bute fight. A fighter cannot be saved by the bell and Bute was in no state to continue once he arose, regardless of whether or not the final bell went.
The rematch didn't go well for him, he got caught which happens. But it will be a nice measuring stick if it is him that comes over.
LF: I read Andrade is the IBF mandatory challenger or something ?
Yes it would be an IBF eliminator possibly. From that angle, if I put him away big style it would send a statement out. I've already knocked out Magee before Bute and Librado will be another one. Then if I'm the top challenger Bute won't have anywhere to hide.
People draw comparisons on the Glen Johnson fight Both Froch and Bute fought Glen Johnson in the last few months. But the reality is, Glen's elbow was wrecked after our fight. He went to get checked out and they said he needed surgery. Infact I think I read he needed both done in the end. I know they're big pals because Bute was in his dressing before our bout.
Johnson is known for his aggressive pressure. We saw none of that against Bute at all - and Johnson's been in with Antonio Tarver, Chad Dawson, a prime Roy Jones. He showed none of those names respect at all. Then suddenly he stand's off against his friend and brings zero pressure at all ?
I think Johnson's effort was a combination of his broken elbows and the fact it was his long term friend. He was the fall guy.
Anyway enough of talking Lucian Bute until we fight.
LF: May the 5th also has Mayweather vs Cotto fight scheduled. Do you think there will be a big boxing 'bonanza' on Sky Sports that night?
Who knows, but it would be excellent to personally open up a night of boxing in the UK, before going over to Vegas to the Mayweather vs Cotto fight.
LF: Who do you fancy in that one?
Carl with Cotto at the Trinity gym NYC
People have wrote Cotto off. But to be honest I think he's turned a corner since he went up to 154lb. He's a bit like myself, big balls and will fight anyone. I met him in New York when he was just about to rematch Antonio Margarito. He was a gentleman.
LF: So your picking Mayweather then? (laughs)
(laughs) Well, it's hard to back anyone against Floyd's magic tricks. But I don't think victory is assured. I think we'll see the very best from Miguel which would mean a fantastic fight regardless of the outcome. Mayweather won't have it all his own, that's for sure.
LF: How are things with Eddie and all the team at Matchroom Sports?
We have a very solid relationship. They're passionate about the sport and honourable through and through. They don't make promises, they make a firm commitment.
The stable of fighters has gone from strength to strength. I'm in a very happy place with regards that side of the business. It does not even cross my mind and that's the most praise you give them. Eddie is going to do big things in boxing and is well underway to being the most respected promoter in British boxing right now. In such a short space of time too.
LF: Thanks Carl and good luck for May 5th.
Cheers, it should be a great night.