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Froch gets revenge against Kessler, unifies IBF and WBA super middleweight belts

In a unification clash, IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Froch seemingly wobbled Kessler in round two and had a much higher workrate to build an early lead. Kessler amped up the aggression in rounds five and six and landed some hard shots. Good back and forth exchange in round seven. More big exchanges in round eight with Froch having the edge. Froch showed little effect from Kessler’s hard shots as he relentlessly pumped his jab into Kessler’s face. Entering the championship rounds, Kessler almost certainly needed a knockout to win. He finally rocked Froch and cut him in a big eleventh round. Both fighters left it all in the ring in round twelve. In the end, scores were a bizarre 118-110, 116-112, 115-113.

After the fight Froch stated, “In the first fight I was backing up, I was letting him dictate the pace and I was letting him push me back. (This time) I was meeting him as he came. I was being aggressive with the jab and I was looking him in the eye and letting him know when he was going to come forward, I was going to meet him with punches. I was discouraging him and I was putting him on his back foot…I’d happily do it again and make it 2:1.”

Unbeaten WBO #1/WBA #3/WBC #3/IBF #6 super middleweight George Groves (19-0, 15 KOs) dominated WBC #11 Noe Gonzalez (30-3, 22 KOs) before ending the fight in round five with a huge right hand to the chin that laid out Gonzalez. Time was :51.

In a rematch and WBC eliminator, WBC #1 light heavyweight Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KOs) outworked WBC #3 Isaac Chilemba (20-1-2, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds to take a unanimous decision. Very similar tactical encounter like their first fight (which ended in a draw). This time scores were 116-112, 117-112, 116-112.




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