Carl Froch has laughed off Andre Dirrell’s attempts to rile him ahead of their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on October 17th. Froch will defend his WBC World Super Middleweight title against the undefeated American hotshot who has certainly proved a championships contender in the trash talking stakes.
Speaking as he wrapped up his training camp at the Big Bear resort in California Dirrell blasted Froch saying, “He’s a gasbag. He may have fought southpaws and orthodox style fighters, but he has NEVER fought a switch-hitter like me. I’m going to go Mickey Mantle on him and shoot the works from the moment the bell rings. Mr. Froch can kiss my Yankee Doodle. I’ve spent my whole life dreaming of this night when I fight for the world title. Froch has been foaming at the mouth saying how hopeless my chances are against him. Frankly I find his rants tiresome. No wonder Joe Calzaghe didn’t give him a shot.”
Froch however isn’t losing any sleep over Dirrell’s tirade. “By the time I’m finished with him he’ll be more Mickey Mouse than Mickey Mantle,” said the Champion. “He’s coming in to a whole world of trouble getting in a ring with me, in my hometown, in a fight for my title. I keep hearing about how great he is and how much potential he has, well now it’s time for him to step up to the plate. He’s in with the big boys now so it’s time to put up or shut up and I’ve no doubt I’ll be shutting him up. By the time I’m finished with him he’ll understand exactly why Joe Calzaghe didn’t want to get in a ring with me.”
Dirrell is due to arrive in the U.K. this weekend ahead of the bout and his promoter Gary Shaw is confident that his man has what it takes to dethrone Froch and emerge victorious in the Super Six tournament. “Andre is considered the dark horse of this tournament and that’s just fine with us,” said Shaw. “No one gave him a chance against Victor Oganov (28-1, 28 KOs), or Anthony Hanshaw (21-1-1, 14 KOs), and he had an early night with both of them, knocking them out in the sixth and fifth rounds, respectively. I have no doubt Andre will be the new WBC super middleweight champion on October 17 and I have no doubt Andre will be in the finals of this illustrious tournament.”