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IBF champ Froch KOs Mack in third



Carl Froch knocked out Yusaf Mack in the third round to retain his IBF super-middleweight title in Nottingham on Saturday night.

The Englishman had Mack on the deck in the opening round, nearly did so again at the end of the second, and finished the job 2 minutes 30 seconds into the third.

A sledge-hammer right to the ribs, followed by a solid left to the head, doubled up the challenger who swung a wild left and, in his follow-through, tumbled to the safety of the canvas before Froch could hit him again.

Froch was the overwhelming favourite and justified his status with an impressive performance. He built his attacks on the left jab and varied his strategy well.

It was clear from the opening round that Mack had no defence against the left hook to the head, and he fared little better when Froch went to the body.

Making the first defence of his title and fighting in his hometown, Froch simply demolished the 32-year-old Mack, who is not ranked in the IBF’s top 15.

Froch’s professional record improved to 30-2, with 22 knockouts. Mack’s dropped to 31-5-2, including 17 knockouts.

The 35-year-old Froch is probably a better boxer now than at any stage of his career. The former two-time WBC champion showed confidence in everything he did and kept his cool when he realised an early knockout was within his grasp.

He had won the IBF title when he knocked out Lucian Bute on May 26 after losing the WBC belt to Mikkel Kessler in October 2009. His only other defeat was to Andre Ward.

Having beaten the likes of Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson he has established himself as one of the best UK fighters in recent years.

Mack, from Philadelphia, has fought mostly at light-heavyweight and has also been beaten by Johnson and Tavoris Cloud.

Earlier, Tony Bellew beat Roberto Bolonti on points in a fight for the WBC silver light-heavyweight title.



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