Carl Froch has promised Mikkel Kessler that their super middleweight rematch at the O2 Arena in London on May 25 will be ‘savage’.
Kessler beat Froch in a titanic tussle in Herning, Denmark in April 2010, inflicting a first defeat on The Cobra to take the Nottingham star’s WBC title. Froch has vowed to avenge that defeat in style in this unification epic, and said that the second installment of their story will be even more compelling.
“They described our first fight as ’brutal’ and if I was to forecast one word that will probably describe our rematch, then it will likely be ’savage’,” said Froch.
“There is going to be a bloody aftermath, because neither of us is going to concede any ground in this one. This fight is gigantic in Denmark and Mikkel has the weight the country on his shoulders.
“During our fight, he dropped a bomb on me, I felt it split my nose – and there was no way I was standing for that, it’s like autopilot, I just hit him with everything I had, he momentarily buckled, but still came forward for more - and that was the story of the entire fight.
“Some of the punches I landed would have sent any lesser fighter’s head into the fifth row. But he just kept coming, walking through the pain barrier again and again. So I need to inflict more damage this time. Be clinical, not brutal.
“The rematch will be the same story during the early rounds - but the ending will be written as it should have been - and it’s an ending that the Dane’s are definitely not going to like – they are going to get the full ruthless Carl Froch experience.”
Kessler and Froch have both bounced back from defeats to Andre Ward in style, and the Dane expects his fans to travel to London in their thousands for the blockbuster night.
“I have the utmost of respect for Carl, I feel we are very much alike,” said Kessler. “He is a great champion, a true warrior that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the most hostile places, just like me. Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about.
“Since April 2010, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I don´t care where we fight, I said anytime, anywhere! My loyal Viking fans will travel with me wherever this fight will be staged. I plan to make them, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war!”
February 4, 2013