By Clive Bernath: There are two views one can take when you hear WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch attempt to entice and ridicule the retired Joe Calzaghe back into the ring. One is to admire his unrelenting ambition to fight the very best in favour of the softer option, the other is of sheer amazement at his arrogance when tastelessly attempting to goad Britain’s most successful ever fighter into the ring. The 12th round stoppage of Jermain Taylor aside Froch has has so far proved very little to command such a high profile fight.
With Calzaghe failing to bite and so far resisting a return the ever vocal and supremely confident Froch has now turned his attention to the man considered to be the best 168 pounder on the planet- Mikkel Kessler.
Speaking recently about his desire to face the classy Danish fighter Froch told the sun.co.uk: "I keep hearing about Kessler so he’s in my veins now — I want to go out there and decapitate him.
"I want to knock him out in style and then see what people have to say for themselves about me.
"Kessler’s the one that people keep saying is the hardest fight out there for me.
"His only loss was against Joe Calzaghe so you can justify his ranking — but I’ll beat him, that’s for sure."
Having said that Froch, who boasts a record of 25-0, 20 via the short route, readily accepts that Kessler deserves his No.1 ranking, adding: “Kessler’s had more fights than me so he deserves to be ranked higher.
"I’m honest enough to admit that but I’m a proud warrior and I want to take him on and take his scalp.
"His(Kessler) only loss was against Joe Calzaghe so you can justify his ranking — but I’ll beat him, that’s for sure."
Of course Froch is only playing the game in a bid to secure the best possible payday for himself and who can blame him? Froch may well get his wish to face Kessler if reports of a six man super-middleweight tournament, organised by American cable network Showtime comes to fruition. Kessler, Froch, Jermain Taylor, Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell, have all been mentioned, which would make for a fantastic night’s boxing..
There are some 68 legitimate world champions in the four main recognised world governing bodies, not to mention countless other interim champs. Many of those so called champions are happy to cash in on their titles against far lower calibre opponents, month after month. Froch, however, has always professed a desire to test his skills and fight the best available opponent and lets be brutally honest here, both Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel would be tipped to beat him. For that reason alon Carl Froch should be admired for wanting to test his skills against the very best in the division.
July 8, 2009