By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH will quit the ring if he fails in his bid to become a two-belt world super-middleweight champion.
IBF title holder Froch tackles WBA king Mikkel Kessler in a unification bout at London’s O2 Arena on May 25, determined to avenge his first-ever defeat.
Kessler beat the Nottingham fighter on a close points decision in Denmark in April 2010 and Froch is determined to reverse that result.
But if he fails, the 35-year-old Froch says he will call time on a career that has seen him lose just two of his 30 professional fights.
He said: “I think it’s the end for the loser, to be totally honest. Depending on how the fight goes, I don’t think Mikkel Kessler would come back after a loss.
“And I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t, either. For me, I need to win this fight. This fight means everything to me.”
The prospect of another defeat is now driving ‘The Cobra’ on and he is planning for the victory that he believes will prolong his ring career.
He said: “I want to make sure that, when I get in there, I leave it all in the ring. I know that will be enough to beat this guy on the night.
“So, as far as I am concerned, I have a good 18 months to two years left at the top and I aim to look forward to it.”
Froch isn’t the only one looking forward to it – so are fight fans. All 17,000 tickets were sold out within three hours yesterday.
And Froch wants to put on a display that will finally KO the sleepless nights he has suffered since his nightmare defeat against Kessler.
He said: “It’s a bitter defeat to swallow. When my head hits the pillow every night I still think of that.
“My world was in tatters. I won my title back, but I have still not had a chance to avenge Kessler.
“It is hurtful and painful, when I think about that loss.”
Froch, whose only other defeat came at the hands of world No.1 Andre Ward in December 2011, admits that Kessler deserved to win.
And Kessler, 33, is promising to dish out the same kind of treatment when they climb into the ring again. He said: “Carl’s the fight I wanted. I can’t see a Ward fight. I lost a fight with him, but he is a different type of fighter.
“The best fight out there, that my fans and boxing fans want, is me and Carl. I know he wants to fight and I want to fight.”
Kell Brook’s fight with IBF world welterweight champion Devon Alexander has been postponed for a second time.
The American has suffered a bicep injury in his training camp to scupper the February 23 fight in Detroit, Michigan.
The bout had already been delayed after Sheffield fighter Brook injured his ankle in December.