Boxing - Froch-Kessler rematch confirmed for Britain

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will fight in Britain in May in a tantalising super middleweight rematch.

Boxing - Froch-Kessler to meet at O2 in May

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2012 Carl Froch

Kessler took Froch's title and inflicted the Nottingham boxer's first professional defeat via a controversial points decision in a bout that was a contender for the 2010 Fight of the Year.

Full details on the fight are yet to be announced - with speculation suggesting the 25th as a probably date - yet both fighters have expressed their delight that they will once again lock horns.

"First and foremost, I'm really pleased the fight has finally been arranged,” said Froch.

“I feared that Kessler had second thoughts about his promise - but the man has come good on his word. 

"Our first fight was pure warfare. We went at each other for every minute of every round and the rematch promises to be even more fiercely contested. I seriously wish I was ringside myself for this fight, because I'm gunning for revenge at all costs and the fight fans are in for a real treat. 

"He is a class act both inside and outside the ropes. We are cut from the same cloth and we will be friends yet again after the fight. But the moment I heard the fight was done on the telephone, I was completely switched on and he was the focus of my mind. I can't wait to get back into camp for this one. I've never felt so motivated. 

"If Mikkel thinks he saw the best of me in Denmark then he is in for a rude awakening. I give him the utmost respect that he has the guts to board that plane and come collect a serious whooping at the hands of the Cobra - let's bring it on!"

Following the defeat in Herning, Froch reclaimed and retained his vacant WBC super-middleweight title before losing it to Andre Ward. However he claimed the IBF belt against Lucian Bute last year and retained it with a third round knockout of Yusaf Mack in December.

Meanwhile Kessler took a 14-month break after beating Froch due to an eye injury but has beaten Mehdi Bouadla, Allan Green and Brian Magee on his return to take his professional record to 46 wins and two losses.

“I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time,” said Kessler.

“I have the utmost of respect for Carl, I feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the most hostile places, just like me. Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about and I want to do it again.

“Since that first fight, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I don´t care where we fight, I said anytime, anywhere! I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war!”

It is reported that Kessler has been offered an even split of the purse to fight in Britain, with the O2 Arena in London tipped to host or possibly a stadium venue such as Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

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