Fight fans will be able to draw a direct comparison between outstanding British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBC king Markus Beyer tonight, (October 4th), with British Eurosport showcasing both of their most recent fights. The network begins its boxing coverage at 7pm with Froch’s dominant points win over mandatory contender Matthew Barney at the Nottingham Arena on July 9th.
They then turn their attention to Markus Beyer’s successful defence of his WBC super middleweight title against Omar Sheika in Germany on September 3rd.
Given the circumstances of his win, Froch’s promoter Mick Hennessy believes that it will be evident that his charge already has what it takes to overcome a genuine world champion.
“Carl went into the Barney fight with a significant injury to his right hand,” explained Hennessy from Spain, where he is representing his fighters at the annual WBC convention.
“He suffered a ruptured extensor hood in the fourth round of his fight against WBC #11 Henry Porras in April. Still he went on to finish that job in style, stopping a proven top class operator in eight rounds.
“Carl could have had surgery immediately afterwards, but instead opted to get his mandatory contender Barney out of the way first.
“He did that in style, beating one of the slipperiest operators in boxing with ease, dominating him over the distance, despite being effectively one handed.
“That win should not be underestimated; Barney is Championship class. In his previous fight he went to Germany and only lost what many considered to be a hometown decision to European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich, a fighter rated #1 by the WBC – in the weight division above.
“Bearing all this mind, I think that people will be able to see tonight that a fully fit Carl Froch would do a number on the likes of Beyer and Sheika.”
Hennessy finished by re-iterating his belief that ‘The Cobra’ has a massive future: “Carl is an untapped revelation for British sport. He has the ability to transcend boxing and become one of the biggest sporting talents this country has ever produced.”