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Hearn: After Mikkel Kessler, We'll Look To Andre Ward

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

CARL FROCH can ­finally become the undisputed world super middleweight champion with two megabucks fights next year.

He is almost certain to meet Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward – the only two men to have beaten him.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes 35-year-old IBF champion Froch, is close to finalizing another tussle with WBA belt holder Kessler in May or June.

If Froch can come through that battle unscathed, he will then be on course for a November clash with WBC and WBA king Ward, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury for the next few months.

Hearn said: “Talks are well advanced for the Kessler fight and Ward has also been saying a lot about fighting Carl again.”

Ward, 28, claims Froch is “choosing the weaker option” but he will have to wait to fight the Nottingham puncher.

I understand that the O2 Arena in London is favouite to host the Froch-Kessler fight with the Manchester Arena also in the reckoning.

Great Dane Kessler, 33, who defeated ‘The Cobra’ on points two years ago in Henning, will have huge support if the bout is in London.

About 5,000 Kessler fans would be expected to make the trip, with the Froch contingent making the attendance 20,000-plus.

Hearn said: “Froch and Kessler is a stand-out fight to make because the fans and both boxers want it.

“We are very close to doing the deal. It looks like the fight may be in late spring and everyone will be delighted once it is sorted out.

“It is a big, big fight that everybody wants to see, so I am looking forward to getting it on. After Kessler, we can look at Ward.”

Ward defeated Froch on points in the final of the Super Six Series a year ago and Froch wants revenge.

He said: “I have only been beaten twice and I know that I can beat them both this time around and prove that I am the best around.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SAJ10 on 12-28-2012

This has a close but definite hometown decision written all over it.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-27-2012

Froch can beat Kessler. If he does that, beats Bute again in a rematch, and then manages to beat Ward he can go down in history as one of the best British fighters of all time.

Comment by Andre Wardttke on 12-27-2012

To be fair to Froch, if he beats Kessler, and after he KO'd Bute he probably deserves another shot at the divisional crown, even if their first fight didn't warrant a rematch.

Comment by BattlingNelson on 12-27-2012

[QUOTE=Milkdogg;12862041]Watch the last minute of that 1st round. Just before he went down he does an Amir Kham shimmy dance. His legs were like f*ckin' planks for a few seconds. Froch gets him shook up like Not So Mean Green…

Comment by LacedUp on 12-27-2012

[QUOTE=DreamFighter;12862042]I know what hes like, hes not afraid to lose or anything, but it would be a better career path for racking up a defences before retiring. If he heads for Ward, he loses his title (which will probably happen)…

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