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Yusaf Mack isn’t as bad as he looked against Froch

Carl Froch Yusaf MackBy Scott Gilfoid: I don’t know really what happened with Yusaf Mack (31-5-2, 17 KO’s) in his loss to IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) last Saturday night in Nottingham, because Mack is a lot better than what he showed in that fight.

That wasn’t the true Mack that got mowed down in three quick rounds without even getting some hard licks in. Mack has never been like that before in any of his fights and he just didn’t look right. The way he was all dried out looking, it reminded me a lot of how WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson looked when he drained down to 168 to challenge WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward recently.

Dawson was too weak to fight and ended up getting knocked out in the 10th. I thought Mack looked pretty much the same, like a fighter that had taken too much weight off and was fighting in the wrong division. It’s no secret that Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn snatched Mack from the light heavyweight division to fight Froch for his super middleweight title.

What this meant, of course, was that Mack had to drain down from his natural weight of 175 to make 168. For a fighter that normally has to cut weight just to get to 175, it put Mack in the position of where he had to lose a lot of weight just to fight at 168 for Froch. That would explain why Mack looked so unusually weak in this fight, because he had to drain down in weight just to take the fight.

What I don’t understand is why Hearn selected a fighter from the light heavyweight division for Froch to fight inside of a natural super middleweight who wouldn’t have to cut weight and put himself in a position of where he’d be weight drained. Why pool from the light heavyweight division for Froch’s opponent when there where so many super middleweight contenders for Froch to fight. Was it because they wanted a guy who would be weak or what?


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