On May 25 at the 02 Arena in London two men will step into a boxing ring and give us what looks on paper to be a fight of the year contender.
In one corner we have Britain’s own Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch, a three time World Super Middleweight Champion with a 32-fight record, consisting of only two defeats and 22 wins by knock out.
In the opposite corner will be Denmarks Mikkel Kessler, a five time World Super Middleweight Champion and veteran of 48 professional fights, with 35 of his 46 wins coming by way of knock out.
Both athletes currently hold versions of the World Super Middleweight title, and both are on the line on the night in this unification bout.
These two men have met before, in an all action 12 rounder in Denmark in 2010.
Kessler was awarded a unanimous points victory in his homeland, inflicting Froch’s first defeat as a professional and taking his WBC title in the process.
Carl Froch later said that he thought the fight was closer than the scorecards suggested, and that if the fight had been on British soil the outcome might have been different.
Three years later and these two warriors are set to step into battle with one another again, with both men saying that this will be their last fight if they are not victorious.
We should probably take their comments on retirement with a small pinch of salt though, as we all know that boxers can ‘retire’ several times before the actual end of their career.
Mikkel Kessler said to reporters: “If it's now I have to end my career, I'd better enjoy it because maybe it's over after the 25th. I feel I can't do anything more to win this fight. If I can't win this fight, I'm finished.
“That fight (the 2010 fight) was brutal, but this one will be even more savage. For the loser, to be totally honest, it will be the end.”
Carl Froch said: “It depends how the fight goes, but I don’t see Mikkel carrying on when I beat him. And if I were to lose then I think it would probably be the finish for me too.”
“If this does go how I think it might, which is quite worrying, it's going to be brutal”
So how will this fight pan out? Kessler is probably technically the better fighter, but Froch has the heart. We saw in Froch’s five round upset demolition of Lucian Bute that he does have stopping power, but will it be enough to get him past a man who’s never been stopped?
My head and my heart are in conflict. My head says that Kessler is too strong and too powerful for Froch to stop, and over 12 rounds I’m not sure Froch will be able to outpoint a superior fighter.
The Cobra will have a slight home advantage if it does go to the cards, which I think he’ll need if he gets that far. But the biggest thing in his favour is having a sold out O2 screaming the roof off for him, and that will do wonders for him if the going gets tough in there.
The only thing that is for certain is that it’s going to be a great fight, but I’m hoping Froch can leave the arena a four time World Super Middleweight Champion and make it a great night too
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