Froch aims to be last man standing

This is July, 2009

CARL Froch, Britain's only reigning World champion, believes he can cement his boxing legacy by winning the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic.

The Cobra is one of six world-class boxers selected for the groundbreaking new series.

Froch got the opportunity to get up close and personal with his rivals at a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York - although he needed no introduction to Jermain Taylor.

Taylor lines up alongside fellow American stars, No1-ranked contender Andre Ward and fellow 2004 Olympic medallist Andre Dirrell.

Joining them will be Denmark's reigning WBA super middleweight Mikkel Kessler and German-based former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham.

Froch will kick off the round- robin series in the UK later this year as he defends his WBC title against the unbeaten Dirrell. And he believes he has what it takes to win the series outright.

"I'm going to be the last man standing," declared Froch. "I've worked so hard to get here that I'm not giving my belt up for anyone.

"This is what boxing is supposed to be about with the best fighting the best. These are the kind of challenges I've always wanted and I'm really fired up for this tournament.

"It forces the best fighters in the division to all face each other and that's something that has been missing from boxing in recent years."

Froch believes that ultimately the series will come down to himself and Kessler but he admits that his first opponent, Dirrell, is something of a danger man.

"Right now he's something of an unknown quantity for me because I haven't seen very much of him," he said.

"He's coming into this tournament on the back of a lot of hype and he certainly talks a good fight.

"It's in the ring that it will count though, that's where he will have to back it up.

"But he's big at the weight, he's got that great amateur pedigree, he's unbeaten and he's some good scalps on his record so he's definitely a dangerous opponent for my first fight.

"Ultimately I believe the series will come down to myself and Kessler in the final.

"I believe I'm the best of the bunch and it's just about going out now and proving that.

"I will remain the WBC champion throughout this tournament.

"All the fighters deserve to be here. We mean business and we are taking this seriously."