Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Carl Froch Confident He Can Knock Mikkel Kessler Out

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

CARL FROCH says his clash with Mikkel Kessler next month will go down as one of the most exciting in boxing history.

IBF champion Froch expects a “brutal” bout with Dane Kessler in the super-middleweight world title clash, as he goes for revenge at the O2 Arena in London on May 25.

The Cobra believes he will avenge a points loss to Kessler in Denmark three years ago and capture his rival champion’s WBA belt.

But Froch, 35, is bracing himself for a ­ferocious scrap with Kessler, 34, and is ­expecting it to be every bit as intense as ­­­ the 1985 middleweight title classic between ­Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.

Both Americans went at it from the opening bell in what is regarded as the best first round of any big fight in history.

After three incredible rounds, during which both men had their wobbly moments, Hagler won by stoppage.

Nottingham hero Froch is preparing himself for a similar toe-to-toe tussle with Kessler, who he expects will not take a backwards step at any point in the fight.

He said: “If we come out from round one both trying to prove a point, it could be one of those where, in two or three rounds, you see that much action you think there’s no way this is going to go 12 rounds.

“If that happens, the knockout’s going to come for one of us. I’d like to think it will be me knocking him out – I strongly believe I’ve got what it takes to do that.

“If he comes out firing, I’m not going to sit back and let him get some confidence, because then that’s the fight lost. I’ve got to fight fire with fire.

“So potentially, this could be another Hagler-Hearns, it could even eclipse that.

"It could be brutal and ­vicious from round one.

“That will really be round 13 straight away for us as we’ve been in there and shared 12 rounds with each other, we know what we’re about, we know what to expect.

“If it does go how I think it might, which is quite worrying, it’s going to be f***ing brutal – and I’m not just saying that to put bums on seats because it’s sold out and it’s going to be a big box-office hit.”

Sky Box Office is screening a fight for the first time in two years after being turned off pay-per-view boxing by David Haye’s display against Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.

Haye’s last heavyweight title fight was a ­let-down – but Froch reckons his clash with Kessler will be a much-needed boost for ­British boxing.

He said: “People are going to get value for money. People have been upset in the past about pay-per-view fights because they got sold a lie or an illusion.

“But this time there will be no gimmicks or people rolling around on the floor and slapping each other in the face.”

Froch, a three-time world champion, reckons his ­success is down to being “a hard b*****d” – something he insists is not about to change.

He said: "I'm not the most skilful out there, or the most technically proficient.

“I’m not going to throw my hands up and say I’m Sugar Ray Robinson or Floyd Mayweather because the best fighters don’t really get hit by shots.

“As a professional, you have to be a hard b*****d, you have to be able to take a shot and I’ve proven that time and time again.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 04-29-2013

WAAAAAR :headbang:

Comment by Hougigo on 04-29-2013

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;13305207]I'm taking Froch in this fight..I kinda don't believe it will be as close as the first fight either..[/QUOTE] Even if it is closer, I'm inclined homefield advantage will help Froch a little

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 04-29-2013

I'm taking Froch in this fight..I kinda don't believe it will be as close as the first fight either..

Comment by jangeorg on 04-29-2013

Kessler KO Froch, loooooooool [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkYsaylYZAQ[/url][IMG]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkYsaylYZAQ[/IMG]

Comment by southpaw_07 on 04-28-2013

Kessler is a bigger puncher than Froch who's been down hard on the canvas before, Taylor fight. kessler seems to be sitting down more on his punches in his last fights, I think he will win by KO, Froch is…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (15)
Top Headlines Video: Julian Williams on Ishe Smith Win, Reacts To Trout, More Photos: Anthony Dirrell Edges Denis Douglin in Tough Bout Video: Austin Trout Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Williams, Hurd, More Video: Trainer Breaks Down Julian Williams Win Over Ishe Smith Bellew: I Can 100% Beat Parker, No Way Can He Deal With Joshua! De La Hoya: I Won't Chase McGregor, The Challenge Was Made! Mike Gavronski Wins WBA Regional Title, Beats Hernandez Oscar Vasquez, Gabriel Flores, Bruno Escalante Win in Reno Bryant Cruz Stops Luna: Micah, Lawson Pick Up Wins Deontay Wilder - From Mild-Mannered To Motormouth Ishe Smith: I Fought My Ass Off, The Judges Saw What They Saw De La Hoya: Canelo vs. Golovkin Rematch Will "Definitely Happen" Julian Williams Wins Tough Decision Over Ishe Smith Julian Williams vs. Ishe Smith - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lionell Thompson Drops, Shocks Earl Newman With Points Win Tugstsogt Nyambayar Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Dela Torre De La Hoya on McGregor: It Took Mayweather 10, I Only Need 2! Photos: Oscar De La Hoya Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway Frampton: That Got The Cobwebs Off, Now I Want The Big Guys! Tomasz Adamek Decisions Fred Kassi Over Ten Rounds Carl Frampton Wins Tough Decision Over Horacio Garcia BWAA Announce a Women's Fighter of The Year Award Jerwin Ancajas Batters, Stops Jamie Conlan in Sixth Round Paddy Barnes Breaks Down, Stops Eliecer Quezada Jono Carroll Claims Vacant IBF Regional Belt With TKO Win Alex Dickinson Gets Decision Win on Frampton Card in Belfast Tomasz Adamek vs. Fred Kassi - LIVE Results From Poland Zolani Tete With Brutal Knockout of Gonya in 11 Seconds! Carl Frampton vs. Horacio Garcia - Early Results From Belfast Ishe Smith: I Would Have Fought Julian Williams in Philly Giovani Santillan Picks Up Stoppage Victory in Ontario Tyron Zeuge Sidelined With Illness, Ekpo Rematch Pushed Back Julian Williams Mentally Prepared For 'Road Game' With Smith Joe Gallagher Pleads: No Callum Smith vs. Braehmer in Germany Carl Frampton: I Feel I Can Stop Any Featherweight in The World Sadam Ali: Moving Up, Fighting Legendary Cotto "a Little Scary" Parker: Joshua's Chin is a Weakness; I Can Knock Him Out! Frank Warren: I Spoke To Haymon About Santa Cruz-Frampton 3 Jerwin Ancajas - The Traveling Man is Back on The Road Felix Cash, Ted Cheeseman Added To Taylor-McCaskill Card
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement