Froch seeks to inspire Olympians

Wed, 01 Jun 23:00:00 2011

Carl Froch wants to inspire Britain's top amateurs to Olympic glory, but the WBC super-middleweight champion must get past Glen Johnson first.

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Froch has been training with Team GB's Olympic squad in Sheffield and faces Johnson in Atlantic City this weekend.

While he hopes to have gleaned plenty from the 2012 medal hopefuls, he also wants to help them achieve what he never could - Olympic gold.

"I'd love to think I could be the inspiration for the GB boxing team to land a stackful of medals," the 32-year-old said.

"It's terrific to be training with such young talent. I have a good talk with them before and after each session trying to point out pitfalls and positive stuff that will work."

Froch's trainer Robert McCracken is also Team GB's performance director.

"They train alongside each other. We bring in the professionals as sparring partners but some of the kids also spar Carl," McCracken said.

"He's had a few surprises at how fast they can be but he learns from these youngsters and they certainly learn a few tricks from him.

"They all look up to Carl and they get to see what they can achieve by following him through hard work and determination.

"Carl never went to the Olympics but has matured into a real top-class professional. I think that makes the kids realise how difficult it is, not only to win a medal but to actually make the team."


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