By James Slater
Reigning IBF super-middleweight king Carl Froch has told Sky Sports that he “needs to beat Mikkel Kessler” in their eagerly awaited May 25th rematch set for a sold-out O2 Arena in London. Speaking with Sky Sports News today, “The Cobra” said he will indeed get the revenge win, vowing that he will stop Kessler, the WBA ruler, this time around.
“I’ve lost to him and I need to beat him,” Froch, 30-2(22) said of the Dane.
“He’s in trouble. I’m gunning for him and I’ll be looking for the stoppage. I wasn’t 100-percent (in the first fight, in Denmark in April of 2010) and I still nearly beat him. Now I’m on the crest of a wave.”
Most experts and fans look at Kessler-Froch II as a fifty-fifty, pick ’em fight. But Froch feels the stunning display he put on against Lucian Bute in May proves he is better than ever. The 35-year-old admits his punch output wasn’t high enough against Kessler, but is sure that the kind of combinations he showed against Bute will be repeated come the May rematch:
“I obliterated Bute,” Froch stated. “I tore his title off him. Against Kessler I was landing just one punch at a time, but against Bute, I was landing combinations of 12, 14 punches. I was ill-prepared last time, my fight was delayed because of the ash cloud. I’ll be ready this time, more than ready, and he won’t be able to cope.”
U.K bookmakers William Hill currently have Froch listed at 8/13 to get the revenge win he craves. 34-year-old Kessler, 46-2(35) is currently listed at 5/4. A draw can be backed at 25/1. These odds may well change when fight night approaches.