Taylor eyeing Froch revenge

Sky Sports14th July, 2009

Jermain Taylor is looking forward to the start of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, which he hopes will culminate in taking revenge on Carl Froch.

The British fighter retained his WBC super-middleweight title with a 12th round stoppage over Taylor in April, further tarnishing the American's reputation following two losses to Kelly Pavlik.

But promoter Lou DiBella believes the upcoming series of fights against the world's best super-middleweights will give Taylor the chance to re-establish himself at the top.

The former middleweight champion will open the round-robin contest against the tough Dane Mikkel Kessler, who is the current WBA champion, but DiBella believes it is a 'new beginning' for his fighter.

"For Jermain, we know the way the last couple of years have gone for us and it's been difficult," DiBella said.

"I can tell you this, the guys he's had difficulty with - Pavlik, Froch - they know what type of champion he is, they know what kind of warrior he is because they had to go to war with him.

"Anyone who's going to fight Jermain Taylor in this tournament is going to have to go to war with him.

"This tournament starts with a clean slate, everybody has a tremendous record, four undefeated fighters but the record for every guy starting out in this super-middleweight tournament is 0-0.

"It's a new beginning and believe me, Jermain Taylor is going to take advantage of that new beginning. He was 14 seconds from getting back to where he so wanted to be. He was thwarted by a great champion, but do you know what, if he gets through the early rounds of this tournament he'll have another shot at Carl Froch, and that's what he wants.

"Jermain Taylor has been in the top echelon in boxing and he will get back to the top echelon in boxing."