27th May 2011
Carl Froch is under no illusions regarding the ‘serious threat’ that lies ahead of him in Atlantic City on June 4 and has acknowledged, that Glen Johnson the experienced former champion and seasoned campaigner of the game is a ‘wiley old fox’ he dare not take lightly.
Froch 33, defends his WBC super-middleweight title against Jamaican, Johnson in the Super Six Super-Middleweight Classic semi final, knowing a win will set up a super fight final against the unbeaten and impressive American, Andre Ward by the end of the year.
Johnson 42, is a former world champion who has been in with some of the worlds best and gives every opponent he faces a tough fight and an hard nights work.
But the Nottingham champion is expecting that and isn’t under any illusions about the threat that ‘old fox’ Johnson poses to him.
“It’s good I’ll be in America for two-and-a-half weeks to get my mind switched on.” Froch told BBC Radio Nottingham.
“I can’t take the wily old fox lightly. He’s a serious threat,” Nottingham’s super-middleweight champion added.
“He’s been in with the best of them and has only mixed it at top level so I’m taking it very seriously. I need to get my mind focused.”
The winner of the contest would face Ward, who beat Arthur Abraham in the other semi-final earlier this month, with both the WBC and WBA belts on the line.
Johnson was a late entrant in the Showtime Super Six tournament and pulled off an upset win in his first fight, with a TKO over Allan Green in the 8th round back in November, becoming one of the four semi-finalists and getting another, perhaps last shot at the big time, before hanging up his gloves.
“He’ll know that if he can try and pull a win off against me, his next fight will be a unification bout. But at 42, he knows he’s in the last-chance saloon.” Froch added.