Carl Froch has laughed off Andre Dirrell’s attempts to rile him ahead of their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on October 17.
Froch will defend his WBC World Super Middleweight title against the undefeated American hotshot who has certainly proved a championships contender in the trash talking stakes.
Speaking as he wrapped up his training camp at the Big Bear resort in California Dirrell blasted Froch saying, “He’s a gasbag. He may have fought southpaws and orthodox style fighters, but he has never fought a switch-hitter like me. I’m going to go Mickey Mantle on him and shoot the works from the moment the bell rings. Mr. Froch can kiss my Yankee Doodle.
“I’ve spent my whole life dreaming of this night when I fight for the world title. Froch has been foaming at the mouth saying how hopeless my chances are against him. Frankly I find his rants tiresome. No wonder Joe Calzaghe didn’t give him a shot.”
Froch however isn’t losing any sleep over Dirrell’s tirade. “By the time I’m finished with him he’ll be more Mickey Mouse than Mickey Mantle,” said the Champion. “He’s coming in to a whole world of trouble getting in a ring with me, in my hometown, in a fight for my title.
"I keep hearing about how great he is and how much potential he has, well now it’s time for him to step up to the plate. He’s in with the big boys now so it’s time to put up or shut up and I’ve no doubt I’ll be shutting him up. By the time I’m finished with him he’ll understand exactly why Joe Calzaghe didn’t want to get in a ring with me.”
Dirrell is due to arrive in the U.K. this weekend ahead of the bout and his promoter Gary Shaw is confident that his man has what it takes to dethrone Froch and emerge victorious in the Super Six tournament.
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 17th. 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 £400. 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.