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Young to spar with world champ Carl Froch
KELVIN Young is set to head into sparring with Carl Froch ahead of the Cobra’s grudge rematch with Swindon-trained George Groves.
The Penhill puncher was brought in by the IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion ahead of the controversial first clash with Groves in Manchester last year.
And with the rematch set to break British boxing records when it takes place at Wembley on May 31, Young, along with stable-mate Tariq Quaddus, will help get the Cobra in shape.
Trainer Richard Farnan believes that Young and Quaddus, who both claimed points victories in their respective fights against Tomas Kugler and Christian Gomez, last Friday, can only benefit from their time in Sheffield.
“Tariq is already back in the gym and Kelvin will be back next week,” Farnan said. “I’ll give them a week and then I’ll call Rob (McCracken, Froch’s trainer) and I think will be up there early April.
“Both these guys are going to get some unbelievable sparring that you can’t pay for.”
While this will be Quaddus’ first time sparring with Froch, IBO intercontinental super-middleweight champion Young also helped the Nottingham boxer prepare for his rematch with Mikkel Kessler in May last year.
“Kelv has completed 83 rounds with Carl because we were in the camp for Mikkel Kessler as well as George Groves,” Farnan added.
“It is the hardest sparring you are going to get in the world, no question about it. We know his (Froch’s) style, but every time you step in the ring it is a learning experience.
“We kind of know what is coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier, because he gets his shots off, he is very powerful and very awkward.”
Young and Quaddus are likely to spend one day a week in Sheffield in the build-up for the British super-fight and likely to spend three to four rounds in the ring with Froch.
Froch will be keen to get off to a better start for the rematch with Groves after the Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained fighter sent the Cobra crashing to the canvas in the opening round of the first bout.
Saint George was also ahead on the judges’ cards before referee Howard Foster controversially stopped the contest in the ninth round believing Groves was in no fit state to continue.
Sparring in Sheffield will also help Quaddus prepare for his next fight at the GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester on April 26.
The 23-year-old will fight on the KM Promotions show with former England and Walcot amateur Ryan Martin, who aims to follow up his successful professional debut last week.
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