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Froch Eyes Kessler; Hearn Targets September UK Rematch

By Edward Chaykovsky

IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21KOs) is eager to get a rematch with WBC silver light heavyweight king Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34KOs), who decisioned the Nottingham star in April 2010. Their fight took place in Kessler's backyard of Denmark and Froch says the Danish superstar promised to face him in Nottingham when the day came.

After Saturday's five round demolition of previously undefeated Lucian Bute, Froch is looking to avenge his two career defeats, which came to Kessler and Andre Ward, and Kessler is the first target on that list.

"The fight with Mikkel Kessler is the fight that I really want because its a great fight for the television and the fans because of the way our styles gel together. That's very much on my radar for the short term," Froch told BBC Sport.

"Mikkel Kessler is like David Beckham in Denmark. He's massive, he's a hero and rightfully so. He's a fantastic fighter and a great man. I'm actually quite friendly with Mikkel Kessler. My mum is as well, she really likes him. I boxed Mikkel Kessler on his homeground and the deal was, like that deal between me and Mikkel, a gentleman's deal, that he would fight me back at home when the time's right. He's a honorable man and hopfully he honors his word and comes over to Nottingham."

Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, would like to stage such a fight in a Nottingham stadium on September date.

"In an ideal world, Carl Froch would meet Mikkel Kessler in a large outdoor arena in September. I see no reason why the match should not happen. There is a lot of money involved, it's a great battle, and this is a world title fight," said Hearn.

"We have two venues in Nottingham, where we can have 20 to 30,000 spectators. British boxing fans are raving about Carl Froch after last Saturday, so I am sure that we can fill a stadium."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FightingWords on 05-30-2012

This rematch makes perfect sense. Although Kessler took the win, many thought Froch should have gotten the decision.

Comment by Weebler I on 05-30-2012

[QUOTE=SAJ10;12184687]Why doesn't Froch rematch Dirrell in America[/quote] Froch was the champion then and is the champion now, why would he go there to fight the challenger Dirrell? this isn't the Super 6 any more. The first fight stunk the place…

Comment by deadbeat hero on 05-30-2012

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12186853] the guy Sauerland seems to have an English twang to his accent Edit: apparently he's south african[/QUOTE] Born in South Africa, but schooled in London (sadly I don't mean in the ring)

Comment by Weebler I on 05-30-2012

[QUOTE=deadbeat hero;12186739]looking forward to Froch and Kalle going at it again! [/QUOTE] Froch: 'you like to rely on judges don't you kalle' :) the guy Sauerland seems to have an English twang to his accent…

Comment by PD21 on 05-30-2012

Kessler knows its only fair he comes to England this time. I reckon the decision will be given to Froch this time but having said that I dont think it was a hometwon decision in Denmark. Kessler deserved that win…

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