UK Boxing: Froch set to enjoy home comforts; James DeGale; Fagan out to upset Khan
Super-middleweight boxer Carl Froch will be counting on home advantage this weekend when he takes on Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC title at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham. Froch told Setanta Sports News he expected to see some familiar faces in the crowd. ďEveryone I went to school with will be there; all my friends; all my family. Theyíre all going to be there. Itís a big boost for me. ďI think itís going to give me a lift. Whether itís going to hinder Pascal I donít know. Iíve toured all over the world and Iím glad itís here. Iím going to relish and enjoy the fact that itís in my back yard..Ē
James DeGale to pick trainer next week
Olympic gold medallist James DeGale has yet to confirm a trainer for his first professional bout which is due to take place in February. DeGale signed his first professional contract with Frank Warren earlier this week.
Speaking to Steve Bunce on Setanta Sports News DeGale said he was close to making a decision.
ďIíve got two [trainers] in mind and itíll probably be announced at the start of next week. Itís hard to choose a trainer; I donít want to change too much.
ďI wonít change [technique] totally, but Iím going to slow it down. Iím going to pick my punches; Iím going to think more. My boxing brain is going to be immense.Ē
The middleweight added that he wanted a professional coach to be hired alongside current coach Steve Newland.
ĎOld maní Fagan out to upset Khan
Lightweight boxer Oisin Fagan will ruin Amir Khanís career if he beats the 2004 Olympic silver medallist at the ExCel in London this Saturday. Dublin born Fagan is Khanís first opponent since his 54 second knock out by Breidis Prescott.
Fagan told Steve Bunce on Setanta Sports News that it was his biggest fight yet.
ďItís a huge opportunity for me. It could really change my life. Itís a massive fight. Itís great a time catch him as well, coming off that big upset, that big knockout. That has to be going through his mind all the time.Ē
ďIím prepared to the full 12 rounds. Weíre talking about Amir, whoís been knocked to the ground by big punches, sure, but theyíre super-featherweights that knocked him down.Ē
At 34 years-old Fagan is 13 years older than Khan, but Fagan has warned ďthis old man can keep on goingĒ.
ďHe thinks Iíll be out of breath after the second round. Iíll prove him wrong.Ē