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Ward vs Froch: Carl Froch Quotes From Final Press Conference

Carl Froch: "I'll be trying to hit Andre Ward in the face - very hard and very often." (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Carl Froch: "I'll be trying to hit Andre Ward in the face - very hard and very often." (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Carl Froch, WBC Super Middleweight Champion

‘I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed with what you see on Saturday night. I am in the best shape of my life. It's as simple as that. I've been on the weight now for a couple of weeks. I feel sharp, strong, confident. Physically and mentally, I could not be in better shape. I know I'm ready and I know that Saturday night is going to be my night.

‘I'll be trying to hit Andre Ward in the face - very hard and very often. Will I be targeting the right eye or left eye or wherever his cut was? To be totally honest, no. It's too difficult to target a square inch on somebody's cranium.

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‘The delay in the fight did me a favor. My trainer, Robert McCracken, also has a great responsibility with the Great Britain amateur boxing team preparing for the 2012 Olympics. He would have had to leave camp for a bit but now it's a non-issue.

"Lucian Bute isn't even in the discussion. I know he's the IBF champion but the two names on his record are Brian Magee and Glen Johnson, that's it. He lost to a guy named Librado Andrade. He actually got KO'd. The referee picked him up off the floor, washed his windshield 40 seconds later and the bell was rung and he won on points. But in my opinion, he was knocked out. Lucian Bute needs to fight some of the top level people before he can call himself the best or in the top three in the world."

Robert McCracken, Froch's Trainer

"Carl's got a great résumé. He's fought the best fighters on the planet. He's a real winner. Obviously, he's got another big fight with Andre Ward, who is a real good fighter. You can't get to The Final of this tournament without being a really good fighter. But Carl Froch is a different kind of fighter; he's a real prizefighter. A couple of the other fighters [Ward's] fought recently stopped fighting halfway through the fight when they realized they weren't going to win. They went into survival mode. I can guarantee you that Carl will fight the fight and he will fight until the bitter end."

Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport

"I want to thank SHOWTIME for, without a doubt, the most groundbreaking boxing experience of all time. I wish we could have this in every division. Eliminate the politics and just let the best fight the best every time. These two guys, you can't take your hat off to them enough. They're the last two standing from a world class field and you have to give respect to both guys. When you take off your vests and you take off your head guards from the amateurs, you dream of nights like this Saturday. It's what boxing is all about: two of the most prestigious belts in boxing on the line, the Super Six Cup and the RING magazine belt.

"There are not many places I'd less like to be than in the ring with Carl Froch this Saturday night. He's hungry. He's stubborn. He's motivated. He's got the backing of our team. He's got the backing of his family. He's got the backing of the whole of Britain behind him. He's Britain's No. 1 fighter, without a doubt. And now we're looking to do a job. This is chance to go out and dominate boxing, not just in Britain but in the world. This is a fight between two of the best super middleweights to become the best super middleweight in the world. And it's not often in sport you have an opportunity like that."

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