By Nick Parkinson
CARL FROCH insists he does not need revenge over Mikkel Kessler to go down in history as better than Joe Calzaghe.
Nottingham’s IBF world champion faces WBA king Kessler in a mouth-watering world title unification clash, at London’s O2 Arena on May 25, after the Dane won their first encounter on points in 2010.
Froch, 35, fought back to reclaim a world title after losing to Kessler and again following his points loss to American Andre Ward.
The Cobra has been involved in a series of thrilling scraps since 2008, with highlights being points wins over Jean Pascal and Arthur Abraham, as well as stunning KOs of Jermain Taylor and Lucian Bute.
Calzaghe retired, aged 36, in 2009 with an unblemished 46-fight record after more than ten years as world super-middleweight champion and with a record 21 defences.
The Welshman beat Kessler on points in 2007 and his other famous victories were against Jeff Lacy, Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins.
Calzaghe quit before fighting Froch, who argues he has fought better opponents and so should be remembered as the superior fighter.
He said: “I don’t like to talk Joe Calzaghe down but when you look at his career and the people he has beaten who are unbeaten, then I’ve fought more unbeaten fighters than Joe Calzaghe, more than anyone in Britain as world champion.
“I’m taking unbeaten people’s scalps and fighting at a higher level. Calzaghe has two or three names which stand out on his record. I’ve got ten or 12.
“As far as I’m concerned, my legacy has already superceded Joe Calzaghe’s – and I’ve got to say the great, phenomenal Joe Calzaghe, who retired unbeaten.
“People will say, ‘Yes, but he beat Mikkel Kessler’. I can answer that but I’m not going to, because it will look bitter.
“To beat Kessler, would that silence the critics? You’ll never, ever silence the critics. Floyd Mayweather Jnr gets stick and he’s the unbeaten pound-for-pound best.
“So if you think me beating Kessler is going to stop the critics, no f****** chance. An atom bomb won’t stop the critics.”
Froch is not expecting Kessler to be better than the last time they met in Denmark, as the Dane has been restricted to three fights in as many years due to injuries.
He said: “I’ve improved, I’ve fought at a better level, so I’m in a better position in terms of a re-match than he is.”