- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Super middleweight titlist Carl Froch will face American Yusaf Mack in his first defense on Nov. 17, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced Tuesday.
Froch, 35, will face Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, the same arena in Froch's hometown that rocked on May 26 when he upset Montreal's Lucian Bute to win the title with an electrifying fifth-round knockout.
Froch (29-2, 21 KOs), who has won versions of the 168-pound title three times, already has a deal in place with Bute (30-1, 24 KOs) for a rematch -- based on Bute's contractual rematch clause -- in Montreal in March. Bute is also taking an interim bout and will meet Denis Grachev on Nov. 3 in Montreal.
But before traveling to Bute's turf, Froch -- the runner-up in the Super Six World Boxing Classic -- will be at home again when he faces Mack (31-4-2, 17 KOs), 32, of Philadelphia.
"I can't wait to get back into that ring in Nottingham and give the fans another great night," Froch said. "The Bute win will go down as one of the greatest nights of my life, and I plan on doing something special against Mack on Nov. 17. He's got nothing to lose coming here to face me, and I know he'll put it all on the line to take the title from me, so I'll be fully prepared for everything he's got, and I'll be hitting him with all my best."
Mack, a pro since 2000, is experienced and has fought many fights at both light heavyweight and super middleweight. However, the fight with Froch will be his first at super middleweight since former title challenger Librado Andrade stopped him in the seventh round in Las Vegas in October 2007.
Since then, Mack is 8-2 in 10 consecutive light heavyweight bouts with the two losses coming against his most notable opponents.
In February 2010, former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson knocked him out in the sixth round of a title elimination bout. In June 2011, Mack got a shot at light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud and was stopped in the eighth round of what had been a competitive fight. Mack has won two fights in a row since the loss to Cloud.
Froch spent most of the Super Six tournament fighting on the road, so this will be the first time since 2008 that he will have back-to-back fights at home.
"I'm delighted to have to have secured a home defense for Carl, no one deserves it more," Hearn said. "He will be fully focused on the fight with Mack, a much bigger man who will be coming to rip that world title from his grasp. I can't wait to be there on the night with the British fans sure to create another electric atmosphere in the Capital FM Arena."