AS the two best super-middleweights in Britain prepare to collide at Wembley Stadium on May 31, Penhill’s Kelvin Young believes Carl Froch is better than ever.
The 27-year-old has been sparring with the IBF and WBA 168lb king for the past couple of months as they prepare for their respective battles.
While Young is still waiting to discover who his first IBO inter-continental title defence will be against on June 7 at the Oasis Leisure Centre, the Cobra is on a collison course with George Groves, who is trained by Swindon’s Paddy Fitzpatrick.
After the first Froch-Groves fight last October ended in controversy, many saying that the ninth-round stoppage of the challenger was premature, pundits and fans alike are spilt down the middle on who be victorious in the blockbuster re-match.
However, Young Gun, who has been sparring with the champion for his past three fights, insists that the Cobra has been fully focused on proving beyond all doubt that he reins supreme over Groves.
“He’s definitely (a lot different from the last time), he is more focused and he is switched on,” Young said.
“He is the best I’ve seen, it’s the best I’ve sparred.
“I sparred him when he fought Kessler and the first fight with Groves, and he was nowhere near as focused then as he is now.”
Young feels that the Cobra and Groves will serve up another barnstorming battle having seen the difference in Froch’s preparations.
“I don’t know what George is going to come up with, but I can say is that Carl is looking in tremendous shape, it is the best that I have seen him - everyone is in for a real treat.”
With the Froch-Groves clash a week before Young’s own title bout, his trainer Richard Farnan believes that the Cobra is looking in superb condition.
“Carl at the moment is looking incredible,” Farnan said. “He really is. He is so strong and powerful, his timing is there and the range is there.”