News May 2008

Carl Froch to fight Rubin Williams


Rumours circulating indicate that disappointed Carl Froch has seemingly scared away any decent competition in and around his weight class.

Following the second withdrawal of Denis Inkin, the WBC rightfully installed Froch as the mandatory #1 to the title, currently held by Joe Calzaghe.

Inkin was originally scheduled to fight on March 29th but withdrew to a 'virus' and then his second excuse has been 'a bad back'.

Offers were put out to Edison Miranda and Mikkel Kessler to name but a few, but none seemed willing to accept. Stating other planned fights as their reasons for not accepting the invitation to get a shot at the WBC title.

However,Inkin's withdrawal still left the promoter with an ITV and a Showtime date to fulfill. Mick Hennessy set about quickly filling in the void left by Inkin, by contacting the Columbian Alejandro Berrio, a boxer who originally wanted to come over and replace Inkin in March.

Big punching Berrio who has 26 wins of which 25 were KO's, has recently held the IBF world title and has stopped notable Super Middleweight contenders such as Yusaf Mack, Syd Vanderpool and Robert Stieglitz.

However despite agreeing and accepting terms which were very lucrative to the Columbian, Berrio has gone missing in action. The Columbian was looking at a reported possible career high purse for his visit and was reportedly in perfect shape and at the weight so the reluctance to sign was baffling.

Names such as unbeaten Jean Paul Mendy, Kingsley Ikeke and some heavier fighters have showed interest at first, before deciding against the opportunity.

Rubin against Lacy

Now it would seem the experienced Ruben Williams has stepped up to the plate.

The 6'1 American from Detroit, Michigan is has a record of 29-4 (16 KO's) and has recently taken Allan Green the distance.

In his last fight, the game Williams was stopped on a cut by the doctor whilst boxing hot prospect and former Olympian Andre Ward.

He fought a prime Jeff Lacy for the IBF Super Middleweight title in 2005 at the Mandalay bay hotel in Las Vegas and was stopped in the 7th round by TKO.

However, negotiations are still ongoing with several 'in shape, at the weight' fighters and things still need to be officially finalised.

Froch, who is now fully recovered from his extensive cruciate knee ligament operation is looking for someone to take out his frustrations on which spells a painful evening ahead for Williams should he be the chosen one.

The big punching 'Cobra' with 18KO's from 22 wins, will no doubt as usual look for the stoppage.

The show will be shown on ITV on May the 10th, starting at around 9pm. Also the show will be on Canadian and American television.

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