Carl Froch v. Yusaf Mack: Froch Deserves a Stay-Busy Fight

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IAugust 28, 2012

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Recently, it was announced that IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch will be defending his title against light heavyweight and former title challenger Yusaf Mack. Mack has fought and lost against current IBF champion Tavoris Cloud and former champion Glen Johnson.

People might criticize Froch's choice of opponent, as Mack hasn't really done anything to warrant a chance to fight for the title again. He's been knocked out four times and doesn't deserve an opportunity like this.

Well, Mack isn't that bad of a fighter. He was arguably beating Cloud in their fight (I had him winning on my card) until he was knocked out.

Back to Froch, though. If any man in the sport of boxing deserves a stay-busy fight, it's Carl Froch.

Froch's recent line of opponents is one that we could only dream other boxers could have. Since the end of 2008, Froch has faced the following people:

  • Jean Pascal
  • Jermain Taylor
  • Andre Dirrell
  • Mikkel Kessler
  • Arthur Abraham
  • Glen Johnson
  • Andre Ward
  • Lucian Bute


Everyone either had a title at the time or held a title at some point in their career. That's four straight years of back-to-back opposition, which most people would face only once before going back to stay-busy fights.

Yusaf Mack is a stay-busy fight for Froch, as he is nowhere near the level of opposition Froch recently faced. Whether you think it's acceptable or not, you have to give him some slack for the last four years he has had. Also, he'll be facing Bute right after this, so there's not too much to be disappointed about.

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