Froch sparring will help Swindon's Young adjust to change of opponent

Swindon boxer Kelvin Young

Swindon boxer Kelvin Young

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

KELVIN Young feels that Carl Froch’s unorthodox style will help him retain his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental title.

The Penhill pugilist faces the short and stocky Francis Tchoffo on Saturday night as he makes the first defence of the crown he won in December.

The Cameroon-born Frenchman is a wild and erratic fighter throwing his big shots from all angles, but Young believes that having faced the IBF and WBA champion in sparring in preparation for this contest he will be able to retain his belt.

“He (Tchoffo) throws punches from weird angles, but I’ve been sparring Carl Froch,” Young said.

“He throws punches from weird angles, he comes everywhere – I’ll be ready for that.

“That’s why they call Carl Froch The Cobra, he comes in with big screwing shots - that is great prep for anybody.

“This lad he looks awkward, but I think that he will be made for me.”

The contest with Tchoffo, who went eight rounds with world light-middleweight title challenger Brian Rose in 2009, was only confirmed yesterday, leaving the 27-year-old and his trainer Richard Farnan little time to come up with a game plan.

And while that is far from ideal, Young has remained relaxed throughout this camp.

“I’ll have my height and reach, which I like to use to my full advantage, like I did against (Alexey) Ribchev (when winning the title).

“I’m going to try and hold the centre of the ring and box at distance.”

With the opponent changing all the time, Young says that he has been through all this before – including when he met Ribchev.

“We signed that contract about four weeks before the fight, so that wasn’t idea,” Young said.

“We also had it in the past when I was supposed to be fighting Matthew Barney, he is former British title challenger, for my Southern Area title.

“But he pulled out three days before, then we had to get in Ruslans Pojonisevs at a day’s notice and he flew in from Lativa.

“It has happened in the past, so I’ll keep my head on the job and keep focused.”

Although Young has been unable to work on the game plan for the War Machine for more than a couple of days, he feels that the range of sparring he has undergone will allow him to adapt for anything come Saturday.

“We would have liked to have a game plan that we could stick to for eight weeks, that’s ideal,” he added.

“But I’ve have been sparring all sorts of people with different styles, I think I have shown in the past that I can adapt to styles, change things at short notice.

“It is a hurdle that we have got to jump over and get out there and get a good win.”

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8:58pm Thu 5 Jun 14

jonny phillips says...

all the way kelv wish I could of been there. john phillips
all the way kelv wish I could of been there. john phillips jonny phillips
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