Ecstatic Dirrell out to prove he's the best

This is Nottingham15th July, 2009

ANDRE Dirrell says he is looking forward to facing Froch - and to proving himself as the best of the group.

"This is the biggest stage of my career. It is not because it is the hardest. I know I am in a blessed position and the position to be the best of all-time," he said.

"I am ecstatic. I have this tingling feeling. I had that feeling when I came through the curtains today. I had that same feeling at the Olympic Games each time I entered the ring. I know it is my time. It is my time to shine.

"I love being the underdog. I am going to be in the finals. I guarantee you I'll be there. I have been hungry for a long time. I just want to get it on.

"Froch is tailor-made for me. I begged for that fight. I think this will be my easiest fight. If he can beat me, then he's a true champion. (But) I will be victorious.

"Kessler stands out the most. He has only one defeat and has the most experience. All these are top guys and it's going to take the best to beat the best.

"It's a one-man game, every man for himself.''

Kessler, the man Froch tips to be his main rival, also cannot wait to get started.

"This is a big opportunity for me to test myself," he said. "I never thought this would happen but when I got the call I said, 'of course, I want to be a part of it.'

"May the best fighter win.''

Jermain Taylor, who Froch defeated in America, has a point to prove himself.

"I don't really care who I fight," he said.

"Arthur Abraham is a brawler. I'm going to box him. Who wants it more? We will find out."