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17 APRIL 2014

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Froch Vs Kessler ll


This week’s big fight prediction sees Carl Froch make the second defence of his IBF super middleweight title against Danish rival Mikkel Kessler from the O2 Arena in London.

 

See below who our army of correspondents think will win

 

Froch starts the bookies favourite and rightly so considering his form and level of activity. The feeling is that Kessler has lost his edge since sustaining the eye injury and that could be a major factor on the night. Froch is also fiercely driven by the desire for revenge which could be his undoing. All things considered If Froch takes the fight to Kessler and nullifies his jab from the start I can see him clinching a tight but deserved decision to set up the rubber match. That said Why do I have this niggling feeling in the back of my mind that telling me Kessler has one more big performance in him?

 

Froch pts 12

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

SecondsOut.com

 

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This rematch has been one I have greatly anticipated since April 25, 2010. The last time these two combatants went twelve rounds, they put on a stalwart display of world championship form in a fight tha deserved stronger consideration for Fight of the Year. When I tallied my personal scorecard, I favored Froch by a 115-113 margin. Now, three years later this fight has a unique distinction: both Froch and Kessler are actually fighting at a higher level than previously. It’s rare that a rematch between world class competitors can boast such a statement. Usually, one or both men have taken a turn for the worse by the time a second contract can be signed. This fight will be different. Neither man has a shot at the number one spot as long as Andre Ward is around, but this bout will firmly dictate who the official number two man in the division will be. In case of a Froch victory, it will likely set up a monumental rubber match. Once again, both men will be looking to set up their bigger shots with the jab. Both used it effectively the first time, but the winner in the rematch will be the man who can land it more effectively to set up the right hand. Froch has been fighting with greater aggression since losing to Andre Ward. This will prove to be an interesting adjustment to his game against Kessler if he can build an earlier lead. Kessler is going to want to stick to the type of body work he applied against Brian Magee. Kessler appears to be going for the KO more fervently since defeating Froch. If he can use his body work earlier on to slow Froch down, we may see a more conclusive victory this time around. I have a feeling we will see someone produce a knockdown this time. Given their recent showings, we may get to see both men visit the canvas. I am going with Froch to take a split decision in the 115-113 range. Kessler may even have a similar gripe this time as Froch had after their first encounter.

 

Froch pts 12 sd .

Derek Bonnett

Connecticut, USA

 

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 The first was close and controversial. These two are close in talent, but i think this time Froch, who is on a roll, will demonstrate abetter jab, as he had in his most recent fights against Bute and Mack. He also stepped up his aggression and that will carry him to a late stoppage win. Probably the tenth round..

 

Froch tko 10

Jerry Glick

New York

USA

 

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Like two gladiatorial warriors, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler are ready to go to war inside the O2 on Saturday night. Froch is determined revenge will be his after losing his WBC world title to the Danish warrior in 2010, but Kessler will believe he has the edge over the Nottingham man and can travel to London to repeat his performance in what was a fantastic, animalistic war. However since his loss to Kessler, Froch has competed at the very pinnacle of the 168lbs division, losing to Ward in the States and destroying the previously unbeaten and dangerous Lucien Bute to claim the IBF strap. Kessler meanwhile has beaten lesser opposition in Mehdi Bouadia, Allan Green and Brain Magee and I feel Froch is at the peak of his career whilst Kessler is slightly past his. This could prove the deciding factor as Froch comes out victorious on points after 12 hellacious rounds. 
 
Froch pts 12

Danny Winterbottom

Manchester

England

 

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Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler II will be an entertaining fight as both combatants look to unify the IBF and WBA belts. Froch has put together some big wins throughout the Super Six and his one-sided dismantling of Lucian Bute earned him the IBF belt. Kessler, the WBA belt holder, has basically done the same, but hasn’t been in with anyone the caliber of Froch in his last few fights. Kessler pulled it out in their first meeting in his backyard and now Froch will have a chance at redemption in his native land. I think Froch will out box Kessler over the course of the fight and earn a decision possibly setting up a rubber match.

 

Froch W Pts 12

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh

PA

USA

 

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Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler battle for a second meeting this Saturday in London. Froch is eager to settle the score and is confident he will. Froch lost the first meeting on points, and knows he has to be the more busy fighter if he is going to win this time around. Froch can go the distance and has the power, but must fight every round like it’s the last round. Froch must go strait at Kessler and box, working the body of Kessler. In the first meeting, Kessler threw more punches and proved he could bang with the crafty Froch. It will be no different this fight, he must not take Froch lightly though, as Froch does have the ability to throw some hard punches. Froch has the power and stamina, as evidenced in his bouts with Bute and Mack. Kessler has more speed than Froch and will have take advantage of it. I see this battle going the distance in an all out war, with both fighters exchanging blows that will produce some serious blood. In the end, I see Froch winning this fight if he stays the more busy fighter, he will throw more blows and make them count, wearing down a tough fighter in Mikkel Kessler.

 

Froch wins on points, 12.

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix, Arizona

USA

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Back when Kessler and Froch fought each other in the Super Six I was one of those who picked Kessler to win it all and, to be honest, only considered Froch as an afterthought. A whole lot has changed since then. Froch has proven to be one of the toughest most resilient fighters in the game - and he seems to be getting a little bit better in every fight. Froch’s willingness to take on anyone has endeared him to fans and he seems to live and breathe to prove his worth in the ring. Kessler, on the other hand, has stagnated in my opinion. I don’t see much improvement from Mikkel at all. He’s still a handful for anyone he gets in the ring with and if he can establish his still potent jab early he will find success. But I think Froch will break him down and stop him late.

 

Froch TKO 10 Kessler

Matthew Hurley

Quincy, Massachusetts

USA

 

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Froch to win with stoppage around round 10.

 

Froch tko 10

Ciaran Gibbons

Newport

Wales

 

Froch = 8

Kessler =

 

 

 

May 25, 2013

 

 

 




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