The critical moment Froch nails Taylor

The Observer Tom Lamont31st May, 2009

The first 11 rounds of Carl Froch's WBC super-middleweight match against Jermain Taylor in Connecticut in April didn't go well. Knocked to the mat in the third, he was heading for a clear points loss by the start of the final round. "You'll have to do something special now!" shouted his trainer. Froch did.

Carl FrochI thought, I'm behind on the scorecards here. I need to catch him, I've got to go and get him.

Barry McGuigan, boxing analyst for ITV He came out and just started nailing Taylor - and Taylor began exchanging with him when he should have had the intelligence to stay off. Then Froch caught him with a long right hand and a lunging left hook. Nailed with another right, Taylor dropped like a stone.

Lou DiBella, Taylor's promoter Froch needed a knockout, and he got it.

Froch I thought: he's down and out, lovely, I've done my job.

McGuigan But Taylor got to his feet at nine. The referee, it being a world title fight, gave him every chance to continue.

Froch Time was running out, 14 seconds, last round, it don't come much closer than that.

McGuigan He backed Taylor into the corner and battered him. The referee had to jump in.

Michael Ortega, referee Fourteen seconds left or one second left, it made no difference. I wanted him to be able to go home safely to his family.

Froch The referee did the right thing. He was badly hurt, his arms were dropping, I could have done what I wanted to him.

McGuigan Thirty years in the game, and I don't remember a comeback like that.

Froch I'm a warrior. I'll be going to Valhalla, I really will.

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