Froch favourite to win

Boxing News:
Sparring partner Edwin Rodriguez cannot see how Carl Froch is going to lose to Arthur Abraham. The pair clash in the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Helsinki on Saturday evening. The 24-year-old American (17-0, 13 KOs) overcome Froch and his camp after some leading stoppage wins and they approached him to cross the Atlantic and help with the Cobra's preparations as he attempts to win back the WBC super-middleweight title he lost to Mikkel Kessler last April.

Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) insists the back injury that forced him to pull out the first scheduled clash with Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) is no longer a problem, and Rodriguez has been impressed by the Nottingham 'Cobra'."I have a tight defense like Abraham and have kept my hands up in the gym so Carl can work on opening Abraham's defense and get ready for a KO," said Rodriguez."This has been a good chance for me to train with an elite athlete like Carl. I have seen first hand that he is a world class fighter. I can't see how Abraham will beat Carl. Abraham has good defense but Carl has a hard and correct punch."

Froch has also been full of praise fior the young American as he puts the finishing tocuges to his title bid."Sparring with Edwin has been brilliant. He is very fast, can punch with both hands and stays there at times like Abraham will [during our fight]. I feel he has far more natural ability and speed than Abraham," said Froch."[Trainer] Rob [McCracken] and I picked Edwin as we heard he is a great fighter with aim, which is always important with sparring partners, as it means they try to be successful during the spar."


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