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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Froch defense on American PPV

By Dan Rafael

None of the American boxing networks showed much, if any, interest in Carl Froch's first super middleweight title defense, but hard-core fans can still check out the Nov. 17 fight in the United States as the main event of an Integrated Sports pay-per-view card titled "True Brit."

Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) won a 168-pound belt for the third time when, in front of a passionate hometown crowd in Nottingham, England on May 26, he upset Lucian Bute, stopping him in the fifth round.

Froch's first defense will come against Philadelphia's Yusaf Mack (31-4-2, 17 KOs), a former title challenger, and will take place at the same Capital FM Arena in Nottingham where he drilled Bute.

The pay-per-view ($29.95) will begin at 3 p.m. ET and also will be available for free on Fight Now TV, America's only 24-hour combat sports network, although it's only available for those who subscribe to Cablevision.

The pay-per-view will also feature undercard bouts, including British light heavyweight Tony Bellew (18-1, 12 KOs), who gave Nathan Cleverly a battle in a world title fight that could have gone either way, against Argentina's Roberto Bolonti (30-1, 19 KOs) in a title eliminator.

Several British prospects could also get television time on the pay-per-view depending on the timing, including lightweights Scott Cardle (5-0, 1 KO) and Martin J. Ward (2-0, 0 KOs) in separate bouts, bantamweight Khalid Yafai (3-0, 2 KOs), middleweight Ryan Aston (7-1, 3 KOs) and featherweight Leigh Wood (4-0, 1 KO).