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Carl Froch dons sequins before date with George Groves

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Like Floyd Mayweather, Audley Harrison and Joe Calzaghe before him, Carl Froch is swapping the boxing ring for the dancefloor.

On Saturday night, Froch and girlfriend Rachel Cordingly will trip the light fantastic on ITV1’s ‘Stepping Out’.

The Cobra and his formidable significant other will battle five other celeb couples in the five-week show, presented by ex-Big Brother host Davina McCall. 'Stepping Out' aims to capture the progression, joys and passion of a couple learning a new dance routine within a week.

So, before Froch takes on George Groves on November 23 in Manchester, the Cobra and Cordingley are up against actress and Loose Women presenter Denise Welch and her husband Lincoln Townley.

Also involved are frilly-cuffed TV makeover expert Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and his other half Jackie, as well as Dempsey and Makepeace stars Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon. JLS pop group member Ortise Williams with his girlfriend AJ Azari and former Westlife star Brian McFadden and his partner Vogue Williams make up the numbers.

Froch defends his WBA and IBF super middleweight titles against George Groves in Manchester on November 23. He could be the Stepping Out king before then, and says he's up for it.

“I have been boxing for 25 years. But I fancied a bit of fun and I reckon the worst that can happen is I could drop Rachael on the head," quipped the Cobra.

“Seriously though, we are trying to do the steps and we are going to clear the garage and make a conscious effort to get it right. We definitely want to do well and I am even finding myself walking around the supermarket doing the Cha Cha Cha!

Froch is adamant that the dancing will not be a distraction as he prepares for Groves.

“I also am starting full-time boxing training soon as my next fight has been pulled forward to November. It is going to be hard with the dancing and defending my two world titles. But I am embracing both.”

“George might think I am not training but as soon as I hit him on the chin, it's game over. This (fist) is a big hard rock and when it hits his glass jaw, it is going to shatter him.”

Taking about the show, Froch said: “I want people to see a different side to me. And yes I will wear sequins and spandex! When in Rome, you have to do it!"

“But it is also nice to not only get to know me, but also my beautiful partner, Rachael. I think she is wonderful. She has a lovely personality and it will be great to share her with the rest of the country. I am proud of Rachael and I want to show her off.

“I am normally a man's person and I don't get on with women that well as they wind me up, but with Rachael, I got on with her from the first day we met and we get on in everything we do. Even when it is hard with the dancing, we just laugh.”

The couple have been together for four years and they have two children together, who are being looked after by Carl's mum whilst they train. So is Carl planning on popping the question soon?

“I am waiting for the right moment,” he replies, grinning broadly. “I know, maybe I will do it on the final of Stepping Out.”

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