By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Long negotiations came to end last night, as Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing and Sauerland Event just announced that IBF Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch and WBA Regular Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler will face each other in a long-awaited rematch this summer in Great Britain. An exact date and location are still to be determined, but The O2 in London seems to be the frontrunner as of now. A press conference to officially announce the bout and more details will happen soon, according to a Press Release by Matchroom Boxing.
“This is the fight that I want more than anything in the world,” Froch was quoted in the release. “I put Mikkel up there as one of the great warriors in boxing and I am so excited about this fight and the chance to set the record straight against him.”
“I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time,” Kessler offered. Froch promoter Eddie Hearn added: “This is one for the ages.” And Kalle Sauerland, promoter of the “Viking Warrior” promised an “even better” fight than their first encounter.
The pair first met in a 2010 “Fight of the Year” candidate in Herning, Denmark, as a part of Showtime’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic”. Back then, Kessler seized a close and hard fought unanimous decision to take Froch’s WBC belt and his unbeaten record. Nevertheless, Froch made it to the final of the Super Six by defeating Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson. He lost a decision to Andre Ward, only to come back in his next fight in stunning fashion by absolutely destroying previously unbeaten IBF champ Lucian Bute in Nottingham, England. In his last fight, he defended that title against American Yusaf Mack, knocking the challenger down twice en route to a third-round knockout.
Kessler himself had to pull out of the Super Six after the Froch fight due to an eye injury but has since made a strong comeback, getting dominating wins of Mehdi Bouadla, Allan Green and most recently Brian Magee to capture the WBA regular strap.
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