The Express - Niall Hickman26th March, 2009

Only a couple of years ago there were six, but now Carl Froch is Britain's only world champion and he is in no mood to relinquish his title against Jermain Taylor.

Unbeaten Froch goes into the lion's den on April 25 at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, taking on American Taylor in the first defence of his WBC super-middleweight title.

It is a daunting prospect for the 'Cobra,' but one he is relishing and there is plenty of bad blood between the pair.

"I'm chuffed to bits Taylor has finally come out of the woodwork to face me because he has used every excuse in the book to try to get out of this match-up," said Froch, who won the title last year by beating Canadian Jean Pascal on points .

"You can run but you can't hide. I will show up Taylor for what he is - a big mouth with nothing to back it up. He talks a great game but he won't be talking after I have smoked his boots.

"He won't be the fighter to stop my winning streak and he certainly isn't taking the belt off me.

"On the night of the fight the last thing he will see is me standing over him in the ring with a big smile on my face."

Froch will need all his self-confidence to defeat Taylor, who twice beat Bernard Hopkins. Froch can certainly do it as he carries a fearsome offensive armoury, but his defensive skills remain a concern .

"Against Pascal I'll admit I got caught too often," he said. "I was in too much of a rush - but I was fighting for the world title.

" Pascal caught me a few times and I took them all, no problem. I have got a great chin .

"But the important thing is my power. Pascal couldn't stand up to it and neither will Taylor."