Boxing: Carl Froch v Yusaf Mack
Saturday November 16
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Sky Sports 1 8pm
Carl Froch is in an unfamiliar position. Britain’s IBF world champ has spent four years taking on the best the super-middleweight division has to offer in a fight schedule so tough that even BA Baracus would take one look at it and book himself on the next plane home. But in Nottingham on Saturday, against Yusaf Mack, Froch is in the unusual role of being expected to win comfortably.
Not that Mack is a journeyman. The 32-year-old is a fast, rangy boxer with a solid record of 31 wins and four losses (plus two draws). However, the American has come unstuck at the highest level before.
All four of his defeats have come by stoppage, often featuring him tiring as a fight progresses. Froch, meanwhile, has the stamina of a racehorse and gave a thoroughbred performance in May when dismantling Canada’s previously unbeaten Lucian Bute in five punishing rounds. Providing the 35-year-old Froch is at his best, everything points to Mack on his back before the end of the 12th.
A strong undercard bout sees Liverpool light-heavyweight Tony Bellew attempt to set up a 2013 world-title shot by disposing of Roberto Bolonti. The Argentine’s 26-bout winning streak impresses, although the fact that he’s never fought outside of his homeland does not.