The cameras are in town and Mack is 'Ready to Rumble'
SIX camera crews turned up for the final Carl Froch-Yusaf Mack press conference at the Capital FM Arena yesterday.
The invitation to attend the soiree said 11.30am for noon.
The snappers were ready and waiting in the Platinum Suite, along with local radio and the national boxing press.
Mack was there with his entourage at 12.15pm. They lingered at the back of the room until the champion made his entrance five minutes later, along with his partner Rachael Cordingley.
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He shook hands with a few people, including Roberto Feliciano Bolonti, who is fighting Tony Bellew.
Froch fiddles with his phone for a bit and then finally finds his seat. The new BetFair shirts dazzling under the lights of the cameras.
The hooded 'Mack Attack' sits impassively at the other end of the top table.
Promoter Eddie Hearn introduces Adam Smith, head of boxing for Sky Sports, who pays a glowing tribute to The Cobra.
"We are pleased to be involved with one of the greatest British sportsmen," said Smith, who refers to other great nights in British boxing – namely Frank Bruno versus Oliver McCall and Ricky Hatton versus Kostya Tszyu.
"He is dedicated, refreshing and talented. He's family oriented outside the ring, he's robust and strong inside it.
"Boxing is business and there were times when he was not with us on Sky. Boy, am I glad he came back.
"It is going to be another tough nights work against Yusaf Mack. Then we expect nothing less from a Carl Froch fight."
Bolonti is the first boxer to speak, via an interpreter, followed by Mack's handler Percy Custas who talks about travelling a long way to fight in the lion's den.
"Our job is to contain the lion," he says cryptically. "We have a lot of respect for Carl Froch and know what he brings to the table.
"We want a clean fight," he stresses without elaborating too much on what he is insinuating.
The Mack Attack, looking moody, merely says that, like Ali, he is "Ready to Rumble".
"I've been the underdog all my life," laments Mack.
"But I am ready. I've been training hard. He says he is fit, but I am fitter... and stronger."