John Murray vs Lee Meager official on-site programme SIGNED by Carl "The Cobra" Froch, (silver sharpie) billed "Strictly Business", 11th July 2008, Robin Park Arena, Wigan.
Carl Froch (born 2 July 1977, Nottingham) Is a tall, rangy fighter who adopts a very low guard. He currently holds the British and Commonwealth title at Super-Middleweight having previously held the English title.
Froch began boxing at home at 9 years old. He later joined the Phoenix ABC in Gedling, near Nottingham. As an amateur he won two ABA middleweight titles in 1999 and 2001 and a bronze medal at the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships before turning pro and having his first pro fight in March 2002. During his amateur career, he lost a fight to Dennis Inkin, who he was scheduled to fight in a title eliminator in 2008, but Inkin pulled out on two occasions.
6'1" Froch, nicknamed "the Cobra," is unbeaten in 23 professional fights, with 19 knockouts. He turned professional late on at the age of 25. He stated on ITV that despite his age he is a fresh 30 year old and that he can go on for many more years to come and that he has not hit his peak yet, after presenter Jim Rosenthal asked if he was a little old to be challenging for a World title.
Froch, who is trained by Robert McCracken and managed by Mick Hennessy, is the reigning British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion. Having been rated the number 1 challenger at super-middleweight by the WBC previously and then demoted to second, he has recently regained his position as number 1 challenger.
In 2004, Froch won the vacant British Championship. He has defended it against Brian Magee, Damon Hague and a number of other contenders, earning him a Lonsdale Belt outright in the process and fulfilling an ambition he had long been after.
On the 9 November 2007, at the Nottingham arena he stopped veteran ex-World champion Robin Reid, after which Reid retired.
He is a keen supporter of Nottingham Forest and has a home season ticket, making him a popular figure amongst Forest fans. He occasionally trains at Forest's training ground when a fight is upcoming. He has also appeared on the popular Sky Sports Saturday Morning Football show Soccer AM the week before a fight. He has been a special guest at the City Ground on a number of occasions and received a warm welcome from the Forest faithful. On May 10, 2008, at the Trent Fm Arena in Nottingham Carl Froch stopped unbeaten Polish Albert Rybacki in the 4th round of a scheduled 12. Rybacki was drafted in as a last minute replacement after initial opponent Dennis Inkin pulled out on two occasions, top 5 ranked Alejandro Berrio pulled out and American Rubin Williams opted out for "personal reasons". After no one in the top ten wanted the fight, unbeaten Rybacki was the only opponent willing to fight. He is the mandatory challenger for Joe Calzaghe's World Boxing Council super middleweight title.