Rubin Williams steps in to face Carl Froch


Rubin Williams steps in to face Carl Froch

Dennis Inkin withdraws yet again

Press Release: WBC super middleweight mandatory challenger Carl Froch will box Rubin Williams in a twelve-round contest  as the co-feature on a Hennessy Sports show at the Trent FM Arena Nottingham on Saturday, May 10, 2008. The show will be broadcast live on ITV1 and on a same-day tape delay ShoBox special in the US. Froch was named the WBC mandatory when Dennis Inkin repeatedly pulled out of an eliminator. The bout will be part of the same  show as WBC light welterweight champion Junior Witter's title defense against his mandatory challenger Timothy Bradley.

Williams, 32, is looking to end the unbeaten record of Froch. He replaces Inkin who pulled out of a scheduled WBC final eliminator against Froch for a second time a week ago.

Promoter Mick Hennessy sees Williams as a tough assignment. He said, “Williams has stepped up to the plate so fair play to him. Others like Alejandro Berrio didn’t after his team verbally agreeing to fight Carl 10 days ago.”

“After Denis Inkin pulled out twice, and then Team Berrio changing their minds, Carl is obviously the one everyone wants to avoid now in the super-middleweight division. But Carl will fight for the prestigious WBC title in the fight after this one, so he can’t  afford any mishaps.”

The Cobra gave a stinging response to Inkin and Berrio failing to step up to the plate. He said: "Williams is a tall, rangy box puncher so he will be a good test for me, he has been very active this year and has already fought against two world class fighters that’s why he is ready to fight me right now.”

“Williams deserves a lot of credit he’ obviously prepared to fight anyone, he has a true fighters heart, unfortunately  I can’t say the same for Inkin or Berrio”

"I’ve heard all of Inkin’s excuses, viruses, bad back, etc; I don’t buy it for a second. After doing this a second  time to me the man’s got no honour he is a coward, he does not deserve to share a ring with me.” 

"I am disappointed with Team Inkin for allowing this to happen.  I could compile a list of things that have gone wrong with me in the lead up to both of these fights, from viruses to injuries to everyday niggles, but as fighters we would never fight if we took  Team Inkin’s attitude.”

"Berrio [Editor's note: or at least his advisors] was just as bad by mucking us about, one minute saying he was in and the next saying he was out."

“It doesn’t matter who is in the corner though, I will still win in style and show everyone why Joe Calzaghe is avoiding me.”