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Froch vs. Dirrell Tickets on Sale Today!

Carl FrochWBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch is expecting a full house at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham on October 17th when he kicks off his Super Six World Boxing Classic campaign against unbeaten American star Andre Dirrell. Tickets for the event promoted by Hennessy Sports and Gary Shaw Productions are on sale from 1pm today and Froch says hes delighted to be back in action in his hometown as he kicks off the Super Six tournament. Should Froch win the series outright the Dirrell bout will be the first of 5 fights that would see him eventually recognised as one of the best boxers in the World pound for pound.

Its a case of first things first for Froch though as he looks to make a second successful defence of his World title against the brash, switch hitting Dirrell who is unbeaten in 18 professional fights following an amateur career that saw him win bronze at the 2004 Olympic Games.

I cant wait to get back in that ring at the Trent FM Arena, revealed the unbeaten Froch who will be returning to the scene of his World title triumph over Jean Pascal last December.. I had to go into the lions den last time out to defend my title against Jermain Taylor in the U.S. but the tables are turned this time around and its Dirrell whos coming to my home town.

He needs to realise that hes going to be coming into the snake pit and hell be getting the full force of the Cobras venom. Im going to be putting it on him from all angles and hitting him with everything. Ill have him wishing he stayed at home.

Dirrell has other ideas and believes he is the man to ruin Frochs unbeaten record. "Tell Carl Froch and all of his fans that on October 17th there will be a new Sheriff of Nottingham - ME!" declared Dirrell. "The Cobra is going to be eating a lot of leather when we meet. I'm going to knock his fangs down his throat. Cobra my foot, garden snakes are more dangerous than he is! He's just a little worm."

Although he travelled the World during a glorious amateur career Dirrell has yet to fight outside the U.S. as a professional and Froch believes hes in for a shock. Its going be a real rude awakening for him because hell never have sampled anything like the atmosphere hell experience in front of 8,000 of my fans, said Froch.

He can talk all he wants about travelling the world as an amateur but this is the pro game and hes coming to my hometown, looking to take away my World title hes got no chance!

Dirrell has already boasted that Froch will be his easiest fight in the Super Six tournament but the Cobra isnt buying the Americans bravado. Dirrell obviously thinks hes a lot better than he really is. Hes a big mouth and hes loud and brash but now hes going to have to back up all that big talk now.

Hes been brought up the American way so mentally he believes hes better than everybody else. Thats all well and good when youre winning but when the pressure comes on hell find out the truth and it will be a very painful lesson.

Once I start hitting him the doubts will start to creep in and before long hell realise that hes out of his depth against a World champion at the peak of his powers defending his title in his own backyard."

Froch has watched Dirrell in action but says hes seen nothing to trouble him. Hes a decent fighter, admitted the champion. He does the basics well and hes got fast hands but speed means nothing if youre not in range.

To be honest Im not thinking about him too much at all. Im concentrating on my own performance. Ive already been working hard in the gym with my trainer, Rob McCracken. Ill let Rob devise a strategy and Ill follow it in the ring.

Im coming off two great wins against proven World Champions so Dirrell doesnt worry me. In fact I bet when he lies in bed at night and stares at the ceiling its already starting to sink in that he's going to have to get in there with the Cobra. Hes probably having nightmares about it already every night but trust me it will be nothing compared to the nightmare that will face him on October 17th.

Tickets for Froch V Dirrell are go on sale from the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham Box Office at 1pm today priced 30, 45, 125 and 400. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 08444 124 624 or visit www.trentfmarena.co.uk. Tickets are also available from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402 or via www.hennessysports.com.

Doors open at the Trent FM Arena from 7:30pm on the night with an action packed undercard getting underway at 8:30pm ahead of the main event which will start shortly after 2am.

Article posted on 17.08.2009



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