Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Froch-Kessler II: Hearn, Sauerland Begin Discussions

By Phil D. Jay

Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has told World Boxing News that the ball has started rolling on a possible return between four-time super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34KOs) and new IBF belt holder Carl Froch (29-2, 21KOs).

Hearn, who masterminded Froch’s return to champion status with victory over Lucian Bute at the weekend, is ready to give the ‘Cobra’ a chance to avenge one of just two defeats on the Nottingham fighter’s 31-fight record and stated that the fight could be next on the agenda for the three-time title holder.

''I spoke with Kalle yesterday and it's pretty clear everyone wants the fight,” Hearn told World Boxing News.

“Carl wants to avenge that defeat and what a huge fight that would be. His profile has risen to another level and Froch-Kessler II is a mouth-watering prospect.

“There is the argument that Carl should make an easier defence but knowing him I can't see that happening!'

The Kessler talks may now mean that an immediate rematch with Bute gets put on the backburner until at least 2013, although Hearn will hold further talks with the Canadian’s promoters Interbox over the next few days.

''We have a rematch clause in our contract which has to be exercised within 4-6 months and we would be happy to make the trip to Montreal to honour that,” explained Hearn.

“Obviously Lucian would need a fight before that and that's unlikely this will happen within the timeframe. The most likely scenario now is that we will both have an interim fight and then look for a potential rematch next spring.

“As champion that option would be transferred through to our opponent so Lucian would get a shot either way. We will speak with Interbox this week and map out a plan with them.'

Froch’s reputation worldwide has soared with the victory over previously undefeated Bute and Hearn is ecstatic with the response since the win. Hearn is a close friend of the 34 year-old and told WBN that he always believed that Froch would eventually gain the adulation that had eluded him, despite prolonged success in the sport.

“Finally now Carl Froch will get the credit and superstar status he deserves.

“I said before the fight that victory over Bute would, in my opinion, see him become one of the all-time greats of British boxing and we should proud of what he has achieved,” added Hearn.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Earl-Hickey on 06-01-2012

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;12190296]Hearn will have to pay a truckload of cash to get Kessler to Nottingham. [B]Its Froch that needs revenge and needs an opponent[/B]. Kessler has other possible options both at SMW and LHW.[/QUOTE] He doesn't really [I]need[/I] either does he.…

Comment by gingeralbino on 06-01-2012

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;12190296]Hearn will have to pay a truckload of cash to get Kessler to Nottingham. Its Froch that needs revenge and needs an opponent. Kessler has other possible options both at SMW and LHW.[/QUOTE] Would this be on PPV in Denmark?…

Comment by deadbeat hero on 06-01-2012

Very happy that the right fights are being made. It's how it should be. I was reading yesterday that the super six final had a crowd of only 6,000. I knew it had been disappointing but was shocked at just…

Comment by straightleft on 06-01-2012

This is awesome news!

Comment by paulf on 05-31-2012

Froch gets the Kessler rematch and Ward is fighting Dawson. I love it. The right fights *do* get made ever so rarely. :boxing:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (32)
Top Headlines Billy Dib vs. Guillaume Frenois Eliminator For Gervonta Davis Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo: Risk All Around Mayweather: McGregor 'Extremely Dirty' Even With Cortez in Camp McGregor: I'm Confident I'll Walk Through Mayweather's Shots Arum Aims To Finalize Pacquiao-Horn Rematch Soon, at Suncorp Beterbiev-Koelling, Magdaleno-Juarez To Land at Cosmo in Vegas Video: Bryant Jennings Talks Joseph Parker, Future Plans Video: Julius Indongo Ready For Terence Crawford Showdown Video: Dillian Whyte Talks Wilder, Parker, American Debut Frampton vs. Gutierrez Will Not Be Rescheduled, Now Cancelled Mayweather Assesses What He Saw in McGregor-Malignaggi Sparring Mike Gavronski vs. Bryan Vera Set For September 9 Espinoza on Why SHO Rejected McGregor-Malignaggi Footage Alex Saucedo vs. Gustavo Vittori on Top Rank's Sept. 22 Card Bob Arum Talks Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux News: Andre Ward Update, Cornflake LaManna, Lucien Reid, More David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril Lands on Showtime, Sept. 8 Photos: Alberto Machado, Carlos Morales - Ready For War Photos: Crawford, Indongo - Face To Face at Final Presser Anthony Joshua: No Problem Fighting Luis Ortiz, But Pulev is Next Floyd Mayweather With New Venture, Starts Gym Franchise McGregor 'Very Pleased' With NSAC Picks for Referee, Judges Shawn Porter Withdraws From Thomas Dulorme Clash Skoglund Sparring With Kessler, Ready To Shock Callum Smith Kopylenko vs. Scott Set For September 15 in Rosemont Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo Ordered To Purse Bid on August 28 Roach Says He'll Pick Sparring Partners for Pacquiao This Time Indongo Does Not Rule Out Lipinets Mandatory Showdown Roach: Mikey Garcia Wants Pacquiao - I'd Love To See That Fight! Sanchez: Canelo Best Counter-Puncher, Not Biggest Puncher for GGG Cleverly: Me and Badou Jack Could Be 'Real Fight' of The Night Maurice Hooker on Return, Feels Crawford Will Stop Indongo Late Bradley Skeete Vows To Chase Down Jeff Horn Title Fight Arum Eyes Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings, Next Spring on ESPN 30 Day Weight: Gennady Golovkin Comes in at 170-Pounds McGregor: I Don't Even Believe Mayweather Will Exit Round One! Alamo-Vaas, Ortiz-Lavinanza: WBC Belts at Stake in Puerto Rico NSAC Head: Glove Change Was in Best Interest of Fighters, Fans Dana White: May-Mac 'Biggest Fight Ever,' Will Break All Records McGregor To Malignaggi: Shut Up & Join the Queue to Fight Me!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement