Froch makes light of Mack challenge

Carl Froch, pictured, retained his title after breaking Yusaf Mack up over three rounds

Carl Froch, pictured, retained his title after breaking Yusaf Mack up over three rounds

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Carl Froch maintains his opponent Yusaf Mack did not have "much of a chance" as the Nottingham veteran retained his IBF super-middleweight title with a third-round knockout of the American.

Froch was enjoying a rare 'home banker' in his native city against Mack, a natural light-heavyweight who boiled down to 12 stone for this challenge. So it proved, with Froch breaking Mack up over three rounds at the Capital FM Arena before stopping the challenger with two lovely body shots.

Froch admitted the fight went almost perfectly to plan, saying: "I trained for 12 weeks to fight whoever and Yusaf Mack did not really have much of a chance. When I am in there on fire like I was tonight I think I am unbeatable, I really do."

He added: "I think I am a level above Mack but anyone can give you a fight if you are not on your A'' game and I made sure every time I step through that rope I turn up fully prepared."

Mack, 32, had lost every time he had met elite opposition and was a rank underdog against the three-time world champion with a record of 31-4-2, 17 of those wins coming early but all four defeats being stoppages. Froch, on the other hand, had a record of 29-2 with 21 stoppages and was in his ninth consecutive world title fight.

Froch prodded and probed in the opening minute but stepped things up with a leaping left hook followed by a right. Another left hook had Mack down and, as he sat stunned momentarily, Froch stood over him, snarling.

The momentum was never really lost by Froch over the course of the second round. A left hook-right hand combination in the third hurt Mack and it was over when a right to the body had Mack winded before two glancing head shots and a left hook in the ribs had him crumpled on the canvas and unable to beat referee Phil Edwards' count.

"I was a bit cautious early on but then I found my range," Froch said. "I could see what was coming back, he's quite quick with the overhand right and left hook, but I did what I had to do.

Speaking about the reception he received from his home crowd, Froch added: "The support in Nottingham is absolutely unbelievable. I was a little bit low when it got put back for 15, 20 minutes. I had already warmed up, I was sharp and got the adrenalin going and that went.

"But as soon as the doors opened and the crowd erupted that was it, the adrenalin was back and I was ready to go."

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