British super middleweight champion Carl Froch will defend his title against Matthew Barney on July 9th.
Matthew Barney, fresh from a controversial loss against European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich, is the mandatory challenger in a fight that has the potential to be one of the grudge matches of 2005.
Both champion and challenger, Froch and Barney, have a long history of trading insults.
“He wanted a Barney?" Froch asked. "Well now he’s got one."
“He’s talked a good fight but I know he’s going to suffer from a twitchy bottom when he steps through the ropes.
“And I don’t blame him. I’d hate to face me.
“Listen, I’ve just destroyed world ranked Henry Porras in a manner that a WBA champion and WBC #5 could only dream about. (Mikkel Kessler and Otis Grant respectively)
“And remember this: Porras is a tough operator. But even with seven months out of the ring and a busted hand I still finished him in style.
“Barney is scheduled to get the same treatment that Porras endured. Only this time I’m aiming to add another 50% onto my game - and that’s a frightening proposition for any boxer.
“Barney had better not bother bringing his running shoes to this fight. It’ll be a waste of time.
“Nottingham is my house and this fight is on my terms. I’m not going to give him a chance to run and he won’t have time to spoil this fight.”
“I’m going to put so much heat on him, he won’t know what’s hit him. I won’t just take him out of the fight- I’ll take him out of the game. It’ll make for beautiful viewing.
“He’s getting a single, express ticket to Row Z.
“It’s my first Saturday night at the Nottingham Arena- so I’ll be expecting a big crowd. It’s going to be a homecoming-of-sorts since my American debut win over Porras last month. I want to put on a show for my fans.”
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