WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch says he’s happy to let Andre Dirrell’s mouth make all the running ahead of their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on October 17.
Froch will launch his Super Six tournament campaign with his second WBC World Super Middleweight title against the unbeaten American hotshot who has already fired a number of verbal volleys across the Atlantic prior to his arrival in Nottingham today.
In his latest tirade directed at the Champion prior to boarding a flight for the U.K., Dirrell boasted, “When I get finished with Froch he'll have a look in his eyes as vacant as the title he won when Joe Calzaghe gave it up rather than waste his time with such a trivial defense.
“He wants me to stand up to the plate? I'm going to be slamming him with line drives and home runs from both sides of the plate like Mickey Mantle. Boxing and the U.K. will be thanking me for relieving them of Froch's greenhouse effect. I'm going to punch holes in that gasbag. His title reign will become vapor.
"If you ask me, Mr. Froch sounds more than a little worried about fighting me. I suggest he wear a diaper under his trunks so he doesn't embarrass himself in front of his fans while walking into the ring next Saturday. I said it before and I'll say it again, he can kiss my Yankee Doodle.
"Froch is going to discover on October 17 that his new world really is flat ... flat on his back," continued Dirrell. "I'm going to expose him like a Page 3 pinup in The Sun. I've had my best training camp ever and I'm ready to shiver Froch's timbers from stem to stern. This is step one in showing that I am the heir apparent to the throne Joe Calzaghe vacated as the king of the super middleweight division, something Froch has never been able to achieve.
Froch though believes that the talk emanating from the challenger masks an underlying insecurity. “I think it’s a case of his mouth writing cheques that his butt can‘t cash,” said Froch.
“All this trash talk from him this close to the fight only confirms the first impressions I had of him when we all met up in New York to launch the Super Six. I think all the big talk is just to mask his own insecurities that maybe he's not ready for this level. It sounds like he'd sooner take me on at baseball then step in to a ring with me.
“I think it's dawned on him that now he has to step into the ring with the world's best fighters and maybe he's starting to doubt his own ability. If that’s the case then the last place he needs to be next Saturday night is in a boxing ring at the Trent FM Arena, in front of 10,000 Cobra fans and with me standing in the opposite corner. It’s going to be a very, very lonely place for him and all the talk in the world will count for nothing when that first bell rings.”
The October 17 bout will be screened live on pay per view in the UK and Ireland on new satellite channel Primetime (Sky channel 480) as part of a knockout Super Six tournament double header from Nottingham and Berlin.
The tournament officially kicks off in Germany when former marquee Middleweight Champs Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor clash at The O2 World Arena in Berlin before the action moves to Froch’s hometown and the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham.
To watch the opening night of the Super Six tournament on Primetime (Sky channel 480) call 0871 200 4444 (+448702 416 666 from the Republic of Ireland) or see http://www.primetimelive.co.uk. The event is available at a special price of £12.95 until 24 hours before the fight after which it will then increase to £14.95.
Primetime will build up to the event by screening Froch’s previous two world title fights, his twelve round thriller with Jean Pascal to win the WBC title and his sensational final round KO over Jermain Taylor in the U.S. in April. The fights will be broadcast from 7-10pm on Primetime each night leading up to the Super Six tournament double header on October 17.
Primetime will also broadcast FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic, a new reality series that will give fight fans unprecedented access into the lives of the Super Six tournament participants.
Tickets for Froch V Dirrell are available from the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham Box Office priced £30, £45, £125 and £250. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 08444 124 624 or visit www.trentfmarena.co.uk. Tickets are also available from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402 or via www.hennessysports.com.
For more information on the Super Six World Boxing Classic including exclusive videos, photography, expert analysis from Al Bernstein and Steve Farhood, and much more please visit www.WorldBoxingClassic.com or visit http://www.hennessysports.com/worldboxingclassic.htm.