Carl Froch stands alone as Britain’s sole world boxing champion and the WBC Super Middleweight title holder doesn’t plan on giving up that status any time soon.
The Cobra makes the first defence of his title next month when he travels to the US for a mega fight with former undisputed middleweight champ, Jermain Taylor.
Froch's April 25 date at The Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut is seen as a risky assignment by many, but Froch says he’s in the business of taking calculated risks.
“Winning the world title at home in Nottingham was the proudest moment of my career, but there’s no point staying at home and defending your title against nondescript challengers. You need to step out of your comfort zone and I really want to lay down a marker in the sport by taking on and beating the best.
“With the greatest respect to some of the other British guys who’ve held titles recently, not many people outside of their own homes would have considered them genuine world champions. Being the world champ is about being the very best in your weight division and taking on all comers to prove that. That’s why I’m putting it all on the line and going to the States to take on Taylor. It’s all about making a statement and proving to people that I am the best super middleweight on the planet.”
Froch says that winning a world title has actually increased and not diminished his hunger for success. “When some people win a world title they start thinking they’ve made it and start looking for a cash out payday,: he said.
"They lose that edge but I’m hungrier than ever right now. I’ve worked my whole career to get to this point and now that I’ve become a world champion, I just want to push on and prove beyond doubt that I’m one of the best out there pound for pound.”
Froch is certainly in no doubt that the famous green WBC belt will be returning home to Nottingham with him after his fight with Taylor. “Jermain’s a very good fighter, you don’t unify the middleweight titles and beat Bernard Hopkins twice without being a good fighter but I simply believe I’m the better man and deep down he knows that too, that’s why he had to be forced into taking the fight.
“He’s talking about going to war and shutting me up, but let's face it, does he really want to get into the trenches with someone like me? He’s going to find out very quickly in there that I can walk the walk as well as talking the talk because this is a major showcase for me to put the world on notice just what I’m all about."