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Pascal Joins Froch Camp; Danny O'Conner On Froch/Taylor Undercard

TORONTO, ON – April 10, 2009 - The last time they met it was a pitch battle that many felt was the fight of the year in 2008. Now Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel are pleased to announce that WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KO’s) and Montreal’s Jean Pascal (22-1, 15 KO’s) are working together for Froch’s title defense against former undisputed Middleweight champion of the world Jermain Taylor, set for April 25, at the MGM Theatre at The MGM Grand Foxwods..

Call it round thirteen.

“I know Jean is a class act, and a top-notch pro. I found that out last December,” Froch said of their grueling twelve round battle for the then-vacant WBC Super Middleweight title that Froch won via unanimous decision.

“We both fought like our lives were on the line, and after going to war like we did, you get a real appreciation for a person.”

“Besides, by the time camp with Jean is finished, I’ll be as ready as possible for Jermain Taylor.”

Pascal is equally enthused about his new training partner.

“After being in the same ring as Carl last December, I know first hand that he’s an elite warrior,” Pascal said.

“And with a big fight of my own coming up in a few months, I know he’ll be great to help me prepare for battle.”

Froch vs. Taylor, billed as “Continents Collide,” can be seen live in Canada on Super Channel, and on Showtime in the US, beginning at 9 PM Eastern.


Froch readies for Taylor in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, ON April 8, 2009 - Hennessy Sports is pleased to announce that WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch will set up shop in Canada while preparing for his April 25 showdown with former undisputed Middleweight champion, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor. The Nottingham-based undefeated Froch will ready his body and mind for battle at the five-star White Oaks Resort and Spa, in Niagara Falls, Ontario thanks to his friends at Golden Palace.com.

The bout, being billed as “Continents Collide,” will be broadcast live in Canada, exclusively on Super Channel, and in the US on Showtime, from the MGM Grand Theatre at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Ledyard, Connecticut, at 9 PM Eastern.

“This place is just perfect for what I need to dominate Jermain. This is my chance to show the rest of the world what I’m capable of doing, and a training camp like this suits my purposes perfectly.”

“I’ll be able to focus at the task at hand, without any distractions, and with the resort located on Taylor St., you know I won’t forget for a second why I’m here.”

When he isn’t utilizing the spa’s famous amenities, “The Cobra” will be lacing up the gloves at Niagara Falls’ Fight Club Canada, which is owned by two-time world title challenger Billy “The Kid” Irwin, and former Canadian Olympian Mike Strange.


NEW ENGLAND’S FINEST IN ACTION ON APRIL 25TH O’CONNOR RETURNS ON TAYLOR-FROCH UNDERCARD

HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 9 – One of the New England area’s top prospects will get the opportunity to perform in front of his local fans on Saturday, April 25th, when unbeaten Danny O’Connor steps into the ring on the undercard of the highly anticipated super middleweight championship fight between Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch at the MGM Grand Theater at MGM at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

“April 25th is going to be a great night for fight fans, and we credit DiBella Entertainment for making it happen,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, O’Connor’s promoter. “Lou (DiBella) asked us if Danny was available for this card and we jumped at the chance to get him back in the ring. Danny is the future of this sport, and it will be a treat for his local fans to see him at this stage of his career.”

2008 United States Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor (5-0, 2 KOs) has wasted no time establishing himself as one of the most promising junior welterweight prospects in the United States. A southpaw with ring savvy beyond his 23 years, the Framingham native has fought three times thus far in 2009, looking more impressive with each outing. In his last bout, on March 14th, he needed only 86 seconds to dispatch Charles Wade.

The fight card is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Tickets are on sale now and priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50. Tickets are available at www.mgmatfoxwoods.com , your local Ticketmaster, and the MGM Grand Box Office 866-646-0609.

Showtime Championship Boxing will telecast live from MGM Grand Theater at MGM at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Article posted on 11.04.2009



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