Carl Froch makes a promise vs. Mikkel Kessler - By John J. Raspanti - Doghouse Boxing News

Carl Froch promises revenge against Mikkel Kessler May 25
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 7, 2013)

Carl Froch
They glare at each other like enemies instead of friends. They cling to their championship belts like a proud parent would his child. Their first fight was a hellacious back and forth slugfest with the hometown fighter getting the decision.  
On May 25, WBA titleholder Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) will battle IBF champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) at London's O2 Arena. The excitement surrounding the rematch is so pronounced that the first 10,000 seats were sold within 45 minutes of going on sale. Froch, 34, has been begging for a second shot against Kessler, 33, since he lost an exciting battle on points in 2010.
Kessler, a native of Denmark (where the first fight took place) foresees another dynamic fight against Froch.
“I think you will see the same sort of fight again but this time I will try to knock him out before the end because it was a very hard fight last time," said Kessler to Sky Sports News following a Monday media conference. "I wanted to give Carl this chance to fight me again – like the rematch I never had against Joe Calzaghe.
"I hope everything here in England can be worked out fair and square and that Eddie Hearn, Carl and my promoter Kalle Sauerland will make sure that it’s a fair game, a level field. Carl doesn’t want to win the fight with a bad decision, I know that. And me, too, I want to win it fair.
“And the people in England will see that the Viking is coming here in top shape and that Carl Froch is going down.”
Froch, who hails from Nottingham, England, has looked especially sharp in his last two fights. He's confident he can defeat Kessler on May 25.
“That first fight was brutal – that is the only way to describe it. This is my chance to set the record straight,” Froch said. “I thought I did enough on the night to win but it was very close and it could have gone either way. He’s the Danish man, fighting in Denmark and he got the nod. Fair enough. He was the better man on the night.
“I wasn’t clinically depressed when he took that world title off me. It didn’t kill me. But it was very bad.
“This means so much to me, and I can’t wait to get in there on May 25. Unfortunately, for Mikkel Kessler, he’s the guy in the other corner. I know he’s going to turn up and be fighting fit. But the difference is that this time I will be at my absolute physical peak. I just know that I will have the edge.
“It’s going to be epic; it’s going to be savage. It’s going to be brutal. It’s going to be unbelievable.”
As Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane used to say, "Let's get it on."
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