Cobra Strikes Again- Billie Marshall

Carl Froch produced another devastating display to retain his IBF super-middleweight title with a third round stoppage of American challenger Yusaf Mack.

Oozing with confidence in front of a sold out Nottingham Capital FM arena, the three time world champion was in control from the outset, with rasping body shots, and deadly combinations causing the American problems in the early exchanges.

In his first defence of the title he won so convincingly against Lucian Bute, Froch made light work of the un-fancied Challenger.

“Yusaf Mack did not really have much of a chance tonight. I’m a level above,” Froch said afterwards. “I was a bit cautious early on, and then found my range and could see what was coming back. I did what I had to do.”

Froch landed several combinations in the first and kept the pressure up throughout, knocking Mack to the canvas shortly after, more good work with his combinations, ending with a right hook that Mack couldn’t avoid.

The punishment continued in the next round, with the American struggling to cope with the intensity and pressure Froch was putting him under. With the round seemingly coming to an end, Froch launched a flurry of punches, rocking the challenger who was only saved by the sound of the bell.

Ever the professional, ‘The Cobra’ finished the fight off in the third. More body shot combinations caused the American to be counted out and end any unlikely hopes he had of beating Froch on his home turf and capturing the IBF super middleweight title.

For a fighter that seems to be getting better with age, Mack’s pre fight comments of ‘a fake Joe Calzaghe’ seemed to spur Froch on even more. At 35, there seems to be more challenges than ever for Carl Froch to get his teeth in to.

With a possible rematch on the cards against the Canadian Lucian Bute – for who he beat so comfortably in his last fight – or a mandatory challenger in Adonis Stevenson nicknamed ‘Superman’, there is plenty to weigh up for Froch.

With Revenge matches against Andre Ward or Mikkel Kessler also a possibility, one thing is for certain, Carl Froch’s career will only get better from here and 2013 could be another successful one for the Nottingham ‘Cobra’.

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