By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
MIKKEL KESSLER claims Carl Froch will go soft by becoming a dad for a second time less than a month before their big fight.
The Viking Warrior has questioned the Briton’s fighting mentality ahead of their world super-middleweight title clash at London’s O2 Arena on May 25.
IBF champion Froch’s partner, underwear model Rachel Cordingley, is due to give birth to their second child, a girl, any day.
WBA king Kessler, who beat the Nottingham boxer on points three years ago, insists having a baby so soon before their rematch will drain Froch of his fighting desire.
He said: “Of course I will send him a text when the baby is born, but I said to him you better keep your training up so you don’t come in with any excuses.
“It would affect me. If I had a baby now it would have an effect on my mindset. He is tough, Carl, but he had a pregnant wife for the last fight we had, as well as the volcano ash cloud and all that.
“Suddenly you have a responsibility so you can’t put it all in the ring. You can’t have that, ‘I don’t care if I die tonight’ mentality because now I have a kid to take care of.
“I don’t have any kids so I can’t really say how I would react but I think it would be a weakness for me. You don’t go fast in the car any more, you don’t ride motorbikes, extreme sports stop for you.”
Kessler, 34, is Denmark’s most famous sports star – but admits he will have hardly any fans in London after his Viking army failed to buy tickets for the biggest fight in the UK this year.
He said: “No Danish people knew tickets were on sale, but they announced it on Sky TV. Three hours after, it was sold out and I have had many, many calls from Danish people saying, ‘We have no tickets, what should we do?’ They are desperate. I have maybe 500 to 1,000 fans there, that’s all.
“It’s a shame they didn’t get it announced at the right time. I don’t know if it was a mistake or how it was done.
“But I don’t think the promoters thought it would be sold out in three hours because the Champions League final is earlier in the night.
“You can’t shut the noise out, especially in England. I think Carl got a big surprise when he came to Denmark for our first fight. He told me after that the fans here, wow.
“It is good to have fans with you. I think it makes me five per cent stronger. I think he will get a lift from it, but he can make some mistakes also.
“The fans will expect him to go forward and show his skills. That is a big pressure on Carl.” An eye injury following his win over Froch kept Kessler out for over a year and he has boxed just 13 rounds since their last fight.
But Kessler, who lost to Welshman Joe Calzaghe on points in 2007, insists he has improved since fighting The Cobra.
He added: “Yes, I’m much better. I am much more confident, much more experienced.
“I’ve learned about nutrition, what to eat. I am in my best shape and am as strong as possible. We are working on the game plan.”
Froch v Kessler is live on Sky Sports HD Box Office on May 25.