Carl Froch had nothing but respect and praise for fellow warrior Mikkel Kessler following his hard fought points win at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.
Speaking after out-out-pointing his Danish rival, Froch told Sky Sports: "It feels really good," said Froch. "The only thing that feels bad is that I have had to beat such a real gentleman, a real warrior and real nice man.
"He did hurt me a couple of times; I think everybody saw that. But I hurt him a little bit more and I thought I deserved the win. I thought it was unanimously my fight.
"I was close to getting the stoppage towards the end but, when I went in for the finish, what did he do? He fought back with a couple of big, hard shots. Big respect to him."
To watch the post fight press conference click on the video below