Hard-hitting super middleweight Carl Froch has been added as the co-feature to Saturday’s special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, which is taking place from Nottingham, England on Showtime, 10:45 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed.
The main event remains the WBC Super Lightweight World Championship bout between titlist Junior Witter of Bradford, England and American contender Timothy Bradley of Palm Springs, CA .
Showtime announced today that Froch will be facing late-replacement Albert Rybacki of Poland, 15-0 (8). Froch was added to the card, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, after lightweight contender John Fewkes, complaining of Gastroenteritis, pulled out of his ShoBox co-feature fight with John Murray.
The undefeated Froch, 22-0 (18) of Nottingham, was originally scheduled to face Denis Inkin in a WBC final eliminator for the super middleweight title, but Inkin pulled out two weeks ago complaining of a back injury sustained in training.
As a result, the WBC officially named Froch the mandatory challenger to current 168-pound champion Joe Calzaghe.
Froch, eager to showcase his exciting style to his hometown fans and an American television audience on Showtime, accepted the 12 round International contest against Rybacki.
"Carl Froch is an exciting and talented fighter to watch," said ShoBox Executive Producer Gordon Hall on location in Nottingham. "He's got significant power and a thrilling style. This is a great opportunity to give our viewers a first look at a guy who very well could be the next super middleweight world champion."
"Froch likes to keep busy," said promoter Mick Hennessy of his 30-year-old charge. "Even though he's got a guaranteed WBC world title fight coming up next, he likes to test himself. Froch is getting into the ring against guy with nothing to lose. Rybacki showed up here in great physical shape. We know his a rough, tough fighter and essentially he's gate crashing a world title contender.
"Froch is confident enough to put his unbeaten record on the line against anyone," continued Hennessy. "We did not want to pass up the opportunity to put on a good performance to the American television audience on Showtime. Ticket sales have been strong behind our hometown boy and we expect an excitable crowd to really rock the Trent FM Arena."
Saturday's Showtime telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation will open with the world title fight of Witter vs. Bradley at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT. Froch vs. Rybacki will follow as the second fight of the show.