High stakes in London ahead of Froch vs Kessler Rematch.

The much anticipated rematch between England’s Carl Froch and Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler

 

Source: Sky Sport UK

Source: Sky Sport UK

 

Two super middle weight titlists will go toe to toe on Sunday (Mainevent 5am AEST) at the sold out O2 Arena in London, in a much anticipated rematch between the ‘Cobra’ Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler ‘The Viking Warrior’.

 

The first fight took place in Denmark, 2010 and saw the home town fighter Kessler walk away with a unanimous decision after a brutal action packed fight.

 

Kessler first captured the WBA Super Middleweight title in 2004 and Australian fight fans may remember him defending the belt on our shores with a decision victory over Anthony Mundine.

 

He has since continued to prove himself against the best fighters in the world, with his only losses coming against one of the greatest super middleweights of all time in Joe Calzaghe and current super middleweight champion Andre Ward, both of which were fought on their home turf.

 

Carl Froch has consistently faced top opposition in his weight class, gaining popularity in boxing circles around the world for his fighting style and willingness to face all challengers.

 

He has fought current and former champions Jermain Taylor, Jean Pascal, Arthur Abraham, with his biggest victory to date coming against former undefeated champion Lucian Bute in a 5 round demolition in his home town of Nottingham.

 

Both fighters have shown respect for each other in the pre fight press conferences, however the gloves are now off and the stakes have been raised with Froch landing himself in hot waters by saying he will ‘kill’ Kessler if he has to.

 

A win for either fighter may lead to a potential big money rematch with Andre Ward, or a catch weight fight with Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, both of which would be televised by boxing giants HBO.

 

With 18 000 tickets being sold in just three hours for the rematch, this is a much anticipated match up between two current champions, coming off knockout wins and looking to secure their legacy.

 

Author: Adam Vrahnos

 

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