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Froch refuses to take Mack lightly

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Slightly shorter than Carl Froch, Yusaf Mack is not your average light-heavyweight boxer © Getty Images
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Carl Froch is expecting Yusaf Mack to be '15 to 20% better' than ever when he defends his IBF super-middleweight crown against the American in Nottingham in November.

Mack has spent most of his career boxing at light-heavyweight and has not fought at super-middleweight in five years, but the Briton refuses to think of the bout as an easy fight.

"There's no such thing as an easy win," Froch told Sky Sports News. "People say this'll be an easy fight for you, but Yusaf Mack is coming down to super-middleweight and he's got different ideas.

"He's confident, he's strong at the weight, he's ambitious, and he's coming over to the UK to try and win my world titles."

Froch has lost just twice in his professional career and has already stated his ambition to avenge his defeat to Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament in December 2011.

But the Nottingham native is aware that Mack may carry a different kind of threat, not least given the perception that this is his fight to lose against a man unacquainted with fights at this weight.

"He's not like your average light-heavyweight," Froch continued, adding that he was surprised to find Mack was slightly shorter than him at a recent press conference. "I thought he would be about 6'2, 6'3 and have a really long reach, so he's probably more suited to super-middleweight limits.

"There's a potential concern that he's going to be even better at super-middleweight than what he was at light-heavyweight. He's only got two or three losses on his record against world-class operators.

"This is a serious operator who's coming over to try and win a world title. However people have seen him before in his previous matches, he's probably going to be 15 to 20% better than that."

Nevertheless, Froch remains confident that he has kept his eye on the ball, not least with the pressure that comes with boxing in front of his own fans.

"I've got to put it on him really," he said. "I'm in my home town again - I've got all the advantages if home town is an advantage, there's a lot of pressure goes with it. I feel I'm in my prime at 35 years old, and I feel that whoever's in front of me I'll do the business."

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