Carl Froch aims to step out of Joe Calzaghe's shadow and prove himself as the best super-middleweight when he fights Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC title on Saturday.
|Carl Froch wins his fight against Albert Rybacki in May 2008 [GALLO/GETTY]
Unable to tempt former champion Calzaghe into a fight, Froch takes on the
Canadian in his hometown of Nottingham in a meeting of two unbeaten fighters
and hopes to earn worldwide recognition with his punching power.
"I am going to get straight to the point.
"He is totally out of his depth,'' Froch said of Pascal.
"He has never fought anybody in my league, nobody that punches as hard me.
"I am going to unleash hell on him.
"I am going to show him why I am going to be the undisputed world champion."
Froch would have fought Calzaghe if the unbeaten Welshman had held on to his super-middleweight titles.
Instead, Calzaghe moved up to light heavyweight to beat Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr.
"I would have loved to fight Calzaghe but he was already up there when I turned professional, so I never really expected it," Froch said.
"But until he has retired there is a chance it could happen.
"There are other good names in the division at the moment, like Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor.
"I always believe in boxing you should never say never, so it is up to me to do a good job on Pascal.''
Froch has won 19 of his 23 fights inside the distance, while the lighter punching Pascal has 14 knockouts in 21 bouts.
"He's going to look to counter and move around," Froch said.
"Neither of us has lost and it's going to make for a great, spectacular fight.
"It's up to me to do what I do best and start catching him with some big blows."
The 31-year-old English fighter has fought only twice in the past 19 months, while Pascal's last contest was a one-sided decision over Omar Pittman in January.
It was held in Hollywood, Florida, for his first fight outside of his native Quebec.
Like Froch, the 26-year-old Pascal regards this fight as a step into the spotlight.
"This is the toughest and the best division and it's where the money's at, so I'm really glad that I'm in this weight class now," said Pascal, who has been training in Arizona.
"I know I can do really well in this class.
"It makes me hungrier and meaner. I know my shape is there."
|Maccarinelli, left, with Alvarez before the fight was called off [GALLO/GETTY]
Enzo Maccarinelli's hopes of regaining the WBO cruiserweight title he lost to David Haye in March were dashed when replacement opponent Francisco Alvarez of Puerto Rico failed to make the weight and also failed a medical test ahead of Saturday's fight at the ExCel Arena in London.
Maccarinelli was knocked out in the second round by Haye, who has since vacated his cruiserweight titles and stepped up to heavyweight.
Alvarez stepped into the fight on Wednesday after Johnathon Banks of the United States pulled out with an ankle injury and organisers were unable to line up Herbie Hide as a replacement.
But the fight was called off because of the Puerto Rican's weight and fitness problems.
Amir Khan is returning from a setback after having been knocked out in 54 seconds by Breidis Prescott of Colombia in September.
Now trained by Freddie Roach, the big-hitting Khan takes on Oklahoma-based Irishman Oisin Fagan.