Boxing News: Carl Froch Gets Barney Title Defense

BY Editor ON May 10, 2005

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.”

Froch continued.

“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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