By Clive Bernath: IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has apologised for saying he is prepared to ‘kill’ Mikkel Kessler when he defends his title for the first time at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night. The 35 year-old, who faces Kessler in a rematch, reportedly told members of the press on Wednesday that: "On Saturday night, if I have to, I will kill [him]. It sounds brutal, it sounds horrible, but this is what it means to me.
The comments made by Froch, although highly uncharacteristic, were completely over the top and indefensible considering the violent nature of the sport which is why British Boxing Board of Control secretary Robert Smith must look into the matter as soon as the fight is over.
Speaking to Daily Telegraph Sport Smith said: "It’s unfortunate and inappropriate that he’s(Froch) said this".
"You might bear in mind the stage, the biggest fight of his life and he’s hellbent on revenge but he knows these things are wrong to say for a boxer."
Nearly 24 hours after the comment Froch apologised via Twitter, stating: "I’m sorry if my comments yesterday offended anyone. This fight means so much to me & emotions are running high. See you at the weigh in."
May 23, 2013