Hearn: Yusaf Mack is not an easy fight for Froch
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite picking a guy out that has been knocked out recently by Glen Johnson and Tavoris Cloud, Mathroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn insists that light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (31-4-2, 17 KO’s) isn’t an easy fight for his fighter IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KO’s) in their fight next month on November 17th at the Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.
It’s one of those things where Hearn has dragged a fighter with a history of having a vulnerable chin down from 175 to fight Froch at 168. The chances of Mack being weakened from the efforts to make 168 are probably pretty high, but I guess that doesn’t mean a whole lot because it’s not as if Mack was meant to be a competitive fight for Froch. He’s just someone being brought in to make Froch look good and to sell tickets to Froch’s adoring fans to see him fight.
As badly over-matched as Mack is, I give him a slight chance of knocking Froch out and winning the fight. I mean, he’s probably not going to be able to beat Froch by a decision. If the talented Andre Dirrell wasn’t able to get a decision over Froch after out-boxing him 12 rounds in 2009, then I don’t see a guy like Mack having even a prayer of winning a decision in Nottingham. If I’m Mack’s trainer I’d be telling him to close his eyes and swing for the fences as soon as the fight starts, because he’s got to knock Froch out cold unless he wants to take his chances with trying to get a decision.
Hearn said to Kugan Cassius from iFILM London “He’s [Yusaf Mack] a decent fighter. He’s an easier fight than a Kessler or a Ward. He’s a tough fight. He’s top 10 in the IBF. He’s only lost from the very best. People say this is an easy fight for Carl Froch. No, I don’t think this is an easy fight for Carl Froch. This is a bloke that’s coming over to try and beat Carl Froch and change his life…I want Carl Froch to look good in winning and we look forward to bigger and better things…[Lucian] has an option for a rematch, which I think will happen at the end of March [next year]. That’s a big fight for us out of Montreal. And then we want to make the [Mikkel] Kessler fight next summer. If it happens it needs to be outdoors in a stadium, and it would be pay per view. And it’s a fight credible and worthy of those things. If not, we’ll go to Denmark.”
I like how Hearn says this is a tough fight for Froch. I swear this guy should have been a politician or a used car salesman because he’s really slinging it nice a good here. This IS an easy fight for Froch unless Mack lands a big shot on Froch’s lantern jaw to knock him out early. If that doesn’t happen then Mack is in a world of hurt and will be leaving Nottingham a loser one way or another.