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Mikkel Kessler ready for potential decider against Carl Froch

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Mikkel Kessler appears to have become the first person to talk of a possible bout with champion Carl Froch after the latter's victory over George Groves on Saturday.

A decider between the two - if it were to take place - would likely be held in a neutral venue with both fighters winning the bout in their respective country.

Writing on his Facebook page, the Viking Warrior said: “Congratulations to Carl Froch with the impressive eight round stoppage over George Groves. If possible, I´m more than ready to fight Carl for the decider, and I feel very confident that I will win that fight.

"The fight in the O2 Arena a year ago, was not one of my best. I started out slow and had the chance to stop Froch in the eleventh round, but failed. That won´t happen again. No excuses though, Carl fought brilliantly, and I can´t take anything away from him. It was close, but he won the fight.

"If Carl decides to retire, there´s still some potential exciting fights for me out there. Golovkin, Ward or even Chavez Jr. It´s no secret that I crave for the big fights. This will be my 50th fight and I want to make sure that the fans get the matchup they truly deserve.” #VikingWarrior

The pair first met in the second round of the Super Six tournament in Herning, Denmark.

Despite no planes flying in Europe due to the ash cloud, the fight did go ahead, with Froch obviously underprepared. Kessler went on to inflict his first defeat as a professional. 

Despite not being focused on the fight in the build up, it was a contender for fight of the year with some close rounds, which could have gone either way.

The British fighter, however, believes if the same fight would have been in Britain, then he would have won.

Kessler retired from boxing with an eye injury, but returned to the ring 14 months later, knocking out his next three opponents.

Froch reached the final of the Super Six tournament, losing to Andre Ward on points.

Despite being the underdog, Froch won the IBF strap against Lucian Bute with a fifth-round knockout. That win which was so convincing, Bute did not enforce the rematch clause.

 Froch avenged his defeat to Kessler in 2013 with a unanimous points decision win over the Viking Warrior in London.

Currently Froch has 120 days to fight James DeGale or faced being stripped of the title.

After two big domestic fights against George Groves, Froch may decide to relinquish the title to face Kessler, with not many bouts left until he retires. 

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