Boxing: Carl Froch confirmed today that he will fight Mikkel Kessler in a mouthwatering bout in May.
IBF super-middleweight ruler Froch has been chasing Kessler for a rematch ever since he lost a narrow decision to Kessler in Denmark in 2010 and he has finally got his man.
No date or venue has been confirmed, though the bout will take place in Britain, with Froch’s IBF strap and Kessler’s WBA belts likely to be on the line.
“First and foremost, I’m really pleased the fight has finally been arranged,” Froch said. “I feared that Kessler had second thoughts about his promise, but the man has come good on his word.
“Our first fight was pure warfare. We went at each other for every minute of every round and the rematch promises to be even more fiercely contested. I seriously wish I was ringside myself for this fight, because I’m gunning for revenge at all costs and the fight fans are in for a real treat.
“He is a class act both inside and outside the ropes. We are cut from the same cloth and we will be friends yet again after the fight.
“But the moment I heard the fight was done on the telephone, I was completely switched on and he was the focus of my mind. I can’t wait to get back into camp for this one. I’ve never felt so motivated.
“If Mikkel thinks he saw the best of me in Denmark then he is in for a rude awakening. I give him the utmost respect that he has the guts to board that plane and come collect a serious whooping at the hands of the Cobra — let’s bring it on!”
Kessler, who has lost twice in his career to Joe Calzaghe and Andre Ward, said: “I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I don’t care where we fight, I said any time, anywhere! I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war!”