The recent fight between Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch and Mikkel ‘The Viking Warrior’ Kessler was an absolute test of will, determination and grit. These 2 men are true warriors and great advertisements for the sport.
They go into the ring in superb shape each fight and give everything that they possibly can. They never leave the ring wondering what could have happened. They are also two gentlemen outside the ring and are friends, which is very surprising to many non-fanatic boxing watchers but an example of why this truly is a noble sport.
Two men can go into a ring and brutally hurt each other and then leave the ring friends. It is a sport and no animosity is held between the two fighters.
It started off with Froch dominating early by establishing his jab over Kessler and making use of his longer reach. Many were stating that technically Kessler was a better boxer but Froch’s boxing technique has always been hugely underrated.
Coming towards the middle rounds, Kessler began to fight back and at times both men would stand and trade vicious shots. Both men took the shots extremely well but Froch’s shots were seeming to have more of an effect than Kessler’s.
The later stages of the fight were truly incredible. Some. Kessler rocked Froch in the 11th but Froch was able to quickly recover and fight back. The commentators at the time suggested that this would have broken Kessler’s heart to see his best shots unable to really do damage to Froch’s iron-like chin.
The 12th and final round was incredible with Froch looking to stop Kessler and looking as though he would do the job. Kessler was able to dig deep and hold on for the bell, which is testament to what an incredible champion he is. He is fitting of his nickname ‘The Viking Warrior’ as he gave a warrior-like performance.
It was an incredible spectacle of tw men showcasing their talent and determination to win. Froch was awarded the victory via unanimous decision on the scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. Personally I scored the bout 116-112 in favour of Froch.
Upon the announcement of the decision the crowd at the 02 Arena erupted into celebration and showed why British boxing fans are considered as by far the best in the world. The atmosphere was electric.
One of the best things about the fight was actually the post-fight interview. Froch and Kessler sat there together with the utmost respect for each other and showed exactly what boxing should be about.
They are great for this sport. They show youngsters how to act and how hard work and commitment can lead to success. To see such respect in such an intense environment was very special and something that unfortunately doesn’t happen enough in sport. Only in boxing could such respect be shown.
The victory for Froch means that he is now the current WBA and IBF Super-middleweight World Champion and clearly Britain’s pound for pound number 1. This victory leaves Froch as the money-man of the division with every fighter looking to face him. He now has so many options whether it be a rematch with Andre Ward, a catch-weight fight with the seemingly never ageing Bernard Hopkins or even a domestic dust-up with either Nathan Cleverly or George Groves.
Froch is now getting the respect that he has deserved for a long time fighting world-class opponent fight after fight like no other. He has been the most underrated British Fighter ever until now.
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