A Christmas 'thank you' to my army of loyal fans
AS 2012 draws to close and Christmas approaches I want to dedicate this column, from the bottom of my heart, to the thousands of Carl Froch fans who have really capped an amazing year for me. The atmosphere at the Nottingham Arena for the Lucian Bute fight in May still gives me chills when I watch the fight back.
It was a fantastic win which beforehand, the majority of the respected writers in the boxing press had me down as a big outsider.
But the one thing they under-estimated was my home crowd.
My army of fans crushed Lucian's spirit before even the first bell had rung and he really had no idea how vociferous you would all be.
When I appeared to the 'Rocky' theme track the fans literally took the Nottingham Arena's roof off.
The rest of the evening will be remembered by everyone who was therefor a very long time to come . . . except for Lucian, of course, who will more than likely try to forget as much as he possible!
All my fans turned out in force once more again last month for American Yusaf Mack – and the Cobra fans softened him up too.
He was playing to the crowd during the entrance, but no sooner had I landed some heavy blows, all he could think about was the exit door.
While many of you will now be stocking up on mince pies and bottles of Baileys, apart from a few pints of the black stuff, I will be pounding the bags and frequenting the Nuffield Gym for my festive fitness fix.
This is because next year promises to get even better than this and I need to be at the peak of my powers in readiness.
My old friend Mikkel Kessler scored a dominating stoppage win over a former opponent of mine in Brian Magee the other weekend.
People thought that Kessler would have maybe declined slightly since our fight, but if anything he looked even better.
He fired home some wonderful body shots that I remember well myself, which sunk Magee to his knees and he couldn't continue.
A rematch with Kessler is one that I dearly covet.
Talks have already entered the preliminary stage between our respective promoters and if the bout does happen, then all parties seem to agree that in the interest of fairness, the return bout will be held on English soil.
I will put my friendship with the likeable Dane to one side for the night and put right the wrongs of Herning.
Our first fight was declared 'Fight of the Year' in 2010 by most of the boxing press and that was me only at 75 per cent of my powers.
For the rematch I want to win 'KO of the Year' and do a proper number on the big Dane.
He's a big hitter and very tough. It will hopefully be another mouth-watering night of action for my fans – but this time will be on home soil.
Finally, some personal news is that me and my beautiful partner Rachael Cordingley are expecting another new addition to the Cobra household.
My son Rocco will soon have a beautiful brother or sister to play with!
Which also remind's me that I have to go down to the toy shops. Keep your eye out in the 'superhero' section and you might spot me ;)
Have a wonderful festive break everyone and a prosperous New Year.
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