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Carl Froch vs Jean Pascal; Nicky Cooke In Great Shape

Super middleweight boxer Carl Froch is confident he can overcome Jean Pascal when the pair battle it out for the vacant WBC super middleweight on the 6th of December. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Froch described his opponent as predictable. You know what to expect from him. Hes going to be looking to counter punch and move around..

Im up against an unbeaten fighter whos also gunning to be the WBC world champion. Were both looking to become the champ. Neither of us has lost. Its going to make for a great, spectacular fight.

Its down to me to do what I do best and start catching him with some big blows.

Froch added that he hoped to fight Joe Calzaghe if the Welshman chose not to retire.

Hes got mileage left on the clock. If I put in a good performance against Jean Pascal and win this WBC title then theres good reason for him to fight me. Whether or not he will? Only Joe can answer that question.


COOK IN GREAT SHAPE

WBO World Super-Featherweight champion Nicky Cook has hailed one of his best-ever training camps ahead of his big December 6 clash with Steve Foster Jnr at the ExCeL London.

The Essex stylist will make the first defence of the crown he won in sensational style from Alex Arthur in Manchester in September.

Cook has been working hard for the fight under the watchful eye of his father and trainer Paul.

And he believes that the hours spent in the gym will lead him to make short work of Foster - and set up a unification fight in 2009.

"Steve's a great fighter and had Arthur on the floor when he lost to him, so I need to be at my very best," said Cook.

"But sparring has been going great and I believe that I'm going to make a big statement when I defend my title and knock out Foster.

"It's always been my dream to be a world champion, and no one is going to take my belt away from me.

"But I won't sit back and relax now I've finally got my hands on a belt.

"I've readjusted my sights and they are now firmly set on winning more than one world title at super-featherweight.

"There are some great fighters in this division, but I'll be ready for them after I've made a couple of defences.

"I want to be challenging for another title by the end of 2009, and I know with promoter Frank Warren behind me then I can acheive my ambitions."

Cook-Foster is part of an explosive fight card at London's ExCeL, which includes the returning Amir Khan against rugged Irishman Oisin Fagan, as well as Enzo Maccarinelli's WBO World Cruiserweight title challenge against America Johnathon Banks.

Article posted on 13.11.2008



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