Carl Froch has evaluated his chances against current undisputed super middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and, as per usual, ‘The Cobra’ was not found lacking in confidence.
Froch was one of the best 168lbers on the planet in his heyday, winning a host of world titles and boasting wins over the likes of Mikkel Kessler, George Groves and Jermaine Taylor.
Speaking on Froch on Fighting, he stated he’d fancy his chances against Canelo, however did admit Canelo’s performances after his consumption of Mexican ‘beef’ were a slight cause for concern.
“He’s quite a bit shorter than me, he’s 5’8 or 5’9. He reminds me of Arthur Abraham, who I outboxed and kept at the end of my reach.”
“But he’s stepped up to light heavyweight and performed against Kovalev. He’s been eating that special meat that made him fail a drugs test! But it’s also made him a strong light heavyweight.”
“So I’d back myself to beat Canelo, he’s not big enough. But when he’s beefed up? I don’t know. He was strong, he could take a punch and the beef did its trick.”
Canelo will return to action after almost eight months out of the ring on May 6th, when he takes on mandatory challenger John Ryder in a homecoming bout at Akron Stadium in his native Guadalajara.
It will be the first time the 32 year old has boxed in Mexico in well over a decade, and is expected to be one of the country’s biggest sporting events in years.
Though Ryder is a solid opponent, Canelo is a firm favourite to retain his belts as he looks towards a September rematch with Dmitry Bivol, to whom he suffered a surprise defeat last year.