Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler have agreed to terms for a much-anticipated rematch to take place in England sometime this spring.
The long-discussed fight has been in the making since Kessler won a close split decision in their initial 2010 fight, which took place during Showtime’s Super Six tournament.
In true Carl Froch fashion, he commended Kessler for accepting the rematch while vowing that his UK rival is in for a beating on the level of what Froch administered to Lucian Bute last year.
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.
While Froch has gone 4-1 since Kessler, the “Viking Warrior” has gone a perfect 3-0 (with three stoppages) since their meeting and echoed Froch’s sentiments of a rematch war.
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.
Froch-Kessler II will be for the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles.
I had no problems with the Froch-Stevenson fight, but everyone knows Froch-Kessler II was the better fight and made much more sense (and literally more $$$). Both guys have looked good in their post-Andre Ward fights, but I’d give the edge to Froch, who in my opinion has faced the better competition over the lat few years. It’s still very early, but if we see the Froch that ran through Bute, then I see the Cobra getting his revenge on Kessler.