Claiming the “need to beat” the Dane, IBF super middleweight titlist “The Cobra” Carl Froch expects to stop WBA regular super middleweight champion “The Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler in their May 25 rematch at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich, London.
The 34-year-old Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) managed to trump Froch (30-2, 22 KO) by a unanimous decision in their initial April 2010 bout during the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
“I’ve lost to him and I need to beat him,” said Froch, 35, a Nottingham native who is also a former two-time WBC super-middleweight king. “He’s in trouble. I’m gunning for him and I’ll be looking for the stoppage. I wasn’t 100-percent (in the first fight, in Denmark in April of 2010) and I still nearly beat him. Now I’m on the crest of a wave.”
“I obliterated Bute,” said Froch, who triumphed over Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) with a fifth round TKO. “I tore his title off him. Against Kessler I was landing just one punch at a time, but against Bute, I was landing combinations of 12, 14 punches. I was ill-prepared last time, my fight was delayed because of the ash cloud. I’ll be ready this time, more than ready, and he won’t be able to cope.”
Comparatively, Kessler, a five-time world titleholder who has been plagued by injuries since defeating “The Cobra,” last threw fists in December earning a third round TKO over Irishman Brian Magee.
Kessler and Froch engaged in the tournament’s most exciting tussle three years ago and the two are poised for another brilliant clash this spring.
However, in the sequel, Carl Froch will get a “stoppage” to outdo Mikkel Kessler and collect another belt.by