Carl Froch is expecting a ‘vicious and barbaric’ fight when he defends his IBF super middleweight title against Danish foe Mikkel Kessler in a rematch at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday(May 20).
When the pair first met in Herning, Denmark back in April 2010, Kessler was judged a 12 round unanimous decision winner in a tough battle but Froch insists his preparation for that fight was hampered but he insists he will be in the best shape of his 10 year career.
"My late preparation was definitely hampered; I didn’t get into the ring firing on all cylinders," Froch told Sky Sports News.
"I draw a lot of confidence from the fact that I wasn’t at my best physically and I still took Mikkel Kessler to the wire in a very close fight.
"When I turn up in the best possible shape, which is what I am in now, can he stay with me, can he live with me? When the fight goes into the championship rounds. I’m not sure he can but I’m not taking it for granted.
Talking about this weekend’s rematch Froch said: "It’s going to be a tough job. You’ve got Kessler, who’s fit and strong and talking about this maybe being his last fight. A dying man is a dangerous man.
"I’m not going to let this guy beat me again but I know it’s going to be very tough. It could even be quite vicious and barbaric. We’re both warriors at the top of our game.
"If we’re really honest this is 50/50; it’s there for me to win but it’s there for me to lose.
"Physically all the hard work’s been done, it’s all about sharpening up now. It’s about concentrating and making sure I’m really switched on and believe in myself. I need to focus and get the job done in style."
May 20, 2013