By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
MIKKEL KESSLER is ready for anything that Carl Froch will throw at him in their unification battle on Saturday night.
WBA world super-middleweight champion Kessler tackles IBF beltholder Froch in front of a capacity 16,000 crowd at London’s O2 Arena.
And the Great Dane says he can outclass Froch, who he defeated on points in a fiercely-contested bout in April 2010.
Kessler, 34, said: “I am prepared for every eventuality. Whatever he tries, I will be ready because I know I can handle it.
“I know that Carl will be prepared and bring everything he can into the ring – just like he did last time we met.
“But it won’t pose a problem to me because I won that fight and, although this will be another war, I will win this fight as well.”
Kessler believes that a succession of relatively undemanding bouts since his fight with Froch in Herning three years ago will give him the edge.
After defeating the Nottingham fighter Kessler was sidelined because of an eye injury that kept him out of the ring for 14 months.
He returned with a sixth-round win over Mehdi Bouadia in June 2011 and followed that with a fourth-round KO of Allan Green a year ago.
He claimed a third-round win over Brian Magee in his last fight in December to reclaim the WBA title he won in 2004.
While Kessler has had a relatively easy passage since his comeback Froch, 35, has been involved in a series of tough battles.
Those contests included a points loss to Andre Ward and a fifth-round win over Lucian Bute, leaving Kessler saying: “I will definitely be the fresher fighter.
“I took some time off, which I needed to rest my eye, but now I am back in great shape for this fight.
“I am ready, believe me. He came and fought me in my country and I have no problem being here to fight him on his soil.
“This is about honour and respect. I promised him the rematch and I am happy to fight him in front of his home fans.
“Carl has also fought abroad. We are both warriors and true champions. All we need is a ring and we get it on.”