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Froch: Kessler Hurt Me a Few Times, I Hurt Him More

Carl Froch got his revenge with victory over Denmark's Mikkel Kessler in a unanimous points decision to retain the IBF super middleweight title in a thrilling clash at a packed 02 Arena on Saturday.

The 35-year-old Froch, who lost to Kessler in Denmark three years ago, put on a typically gutsy performance to win with a scorecard that read 115-113, 116-112 and 118-110 in favour of the Nottingham fighter to the delight of the 20,000 crowd.

Froch's record is now 31-2, with his only other defeat coming at the hands of American Andre Ward in Atlantic City in 2011, compared to Kessler's 46-3 after an action-packed fight that saw the Dane hanging on near the end of the final round.

"It feels really good,'' he added. "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.''

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sunny31 on 05-26-2013

Froch buckled in the 11th, if you watch his feet he actually rolled his ankle from where the shot stunned him. It was a similar shot Kessler buckled him with in the first fight around the 8th round I believe.…

Comment by The Surgeon on 05-26-2013

Some of the shots Kessler landed would have reduced buildings to rubble but not Carl Froch who has a seriously good chin and top class conditioning / recovery! Kessler takes a great shot himself and did well to survive the…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 05-26-2013

Froch was on the brink of a KO defeat in round 11 if only Kessler had the energy.

Comment by gmc_rfc_06 on 05-26-2013

I don't actually think Carl was badly 'hurt' in the 11th. It was a temple shot that distorted his bearings for a second...Kessler tried to follow up, but Froch was back to solid and in control 5 seconds later. There…

Comment by hugh grant on 05-26-2013

Froch always assumes his opponent is hurt more than him, its important to Froch. He said the first fight took more out of kessler as well, even though Froch lost and he always talks about the punishment Kessller took in…

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