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Froch-Kessler heats up

Tony Brochner

Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) kicked off an international media tour on Wednesday morning to discuss their upcoming Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, April 24, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day tape delay). In front of a packed press conference in Herning, Denmark, the Viking Warrior will be counting on the support of his home fans as he sets his sights on the first three points in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “Never in my life have I lost a fight in Denmark,” he said. “My home fans give me the extra five percent I need to defeat Froch. I will knock him out. It will be the real Viking Warrior in the ring. A victory is all that matters on April 24.”

While Kessler can be certain to have a boisterous crowd behind him, Froch will also be supported by thousands of British fans who are expected to travel into the country to support their hero. “I will be bringing the Froch army of fans,” the undefeated 32-year-old said. “I have been received very well here, everything has been organized perfectly, so my fans will have a good time in Herning. It will be two proud warriors inside the ring and I will again defend my title in my opponent’s backyard.”

Promoter Kalle Sauerland has no doubts that Kessler will take care of business. “Look, Mikkel, they did not dare to bring their belt because they are scared of losing it here in Denmark,” Sauerland said. “The fight against Froch will be an exciting one, there is so much at stake. Their spectacular boxing styles will make April 24 a night to remember.” Sauerland presented Kessler a cardboard with a picture of Froch and his prediction to “decapitate Kessler”. “It will get a special place in my gym,” Kessler said. “It will further raise my motivation. Froch can say what he wants, I dont think he will decapitate me, it will be the other way round!”

Frochs promoter Mick Hennessy believes his fighter got what it takes to win – the fight and the tournament. “Carl will come here with his army of fans and beat Mikkel Kessler,” Hennessy predicted. “I think this is the most exciting clash of the entire group stages. It should be a real treat for the fans.” Georg Soerensen, CEO of MCH Herning, was proud to host the biggest fight in Danish history. “We are thrilled to stage the historic first-ever Super Six fight on Danish soil,” he said. “It is a big honor and we really look forward to April 24.”

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, February 22, at billetnet.dk. In Denmark, the fight will be distributed pay-per-view on the satellite-, cable- and IP TV-platform by the following operators: Satellite and IP-TV operator Viasat, cable TV- operators YouSee and Stofa, and IP TV operator TDC. To get a hold of a pay- per-view ticket, the customers need to contact the operators. Price per ticket is 499 DKR. The starting time for the fight will be around 22.30 Danish time.

Tony Brochner
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