Froch insists he won't quit Britain

This in Nottingham8th July, 2009

CARL Froch has dismissed reports that he is set to quit Britain over the new 50p tax rate to live abroad.

"I was misquoted," he insisted. "I get misquoted on pieces all the time.

"What I did say was that I would consider moving to somewhere warmer when my boxing career was over. There is a big difference.

"I would never quit Nottingham or Britain, I have a great fan base here and the fans are important to me.

"It takes me about an hour and a half to do my shopping these days. People love to get involved and have their moment with the Cobra.

"It's great to give something back to the fans. Autographs and pictures with camera phones are usually at the top of the agenda.

"Nottingham Forest have some great fixtures coming up and I am looking forward to seeing them this season, so I definitely wont be going anywhere just yet."

Froch still has an ambition to defend his WBC super-middleweight title at the City Ground.

"My aim is, to unify the super-middleweight division," he said.

"It would be great to fight someone like Mikkel Kessler at the City Ground. It holds well over 30,000 with the space on the ground and what an atmosphere that would be!"

But Froch is becoming frustrated at a lack of opposition after talk of fights with the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik and Lucian Bute came to nothing.

"Yes there was talk of a fight with Bernard Hopkins," he said.

"It would have been great to take on a legend like him. But I was only interested if he could do 168lbs which would have meant defending my World title.

"There was no way I was going to fight him at a meaningless catchweight and go down the same road as Joe Calzaghe.

"These are tough times and British television coverage needs to improve.

"But with my attitude in only wanting to fight the best, and my performance last time out against Jemain Taylor, you can be sure of great coverage for future bouts.

"My promoter, Mick Hennessy, is working on something special and we should be announcing something very soon."

Froch is due to fight again in October - he hopes against America's former Olympic bronze medallist Andre Dirrell.

That could be on a super bill that also includes world champion Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward.