Froch retains title with ease

Carl Froch, left, knocks down Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena

Carl Froch, left, knocks down Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena

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Carl Froch avoided any slip ups as he retained his IBF super-middleweight title with a third-round knockout of American Yusaf Mack.

The Nottingham veteran was enjoying a rare 'home banker' in his native city against Mack, a natural light-heavyweight who boiled down to 12 stone for this challenge.

So it proved, with Froch breaking Mack up over three rounds at the Capital FM Arena before stopping the challenger with two lovely body shots.

Froch has his sights firmly set on avenging his only two career losses, against Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward, in 2013. But he was wary of overlooking Philadelphian Mack, who was thought to weigh around a stone more than the champion by the time the first bell rang.

Froch prodded and probed in the opening minute but stepped things up with a leaping left hook followed by a right. Another left hook had Mack down and, as he sat stunned momentarily, Froch stood over him, snarling.

Mack was up in time and Froch took his time but had his man's number, winging in short rights and lefts in venomous bursts.

Mack saw the bell but Froch smelled blood, stalking the American from the start of the second. Mack threw out the occasional jab but there was little intent.

A right-left to the body was landed by Froch and after another lull he stepped up before the bell, landing a right hand which took its toll on Mack as Froch winked at the challenger.

Mack landed a nicely-timed counter right at the start of the third. Froch landed an angry uppercut but was unable to build on it.

A left hook-right hand combination hurt Mack and it was over when a right to the body had Mack winded before two glancing head shots and a left hook in the ribs had him crumpled on the canvas and unable to beat referee Phil Edwards' count.

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