• Super-middleweight

Froch determined to 'clean out' Kessler

ESPN staff
May 18, 2013

Carl Froch has warned Mikkel Kessler he will be knocked out if their tussle goes beyond the eighth round.

The super-middleweights prepare to do battle at the O2 Arena on May 25, and IBF champion Froch feels he is a better fighter now than he was when he suffered a loss to Kessler three years ago.

"I feel I'm an all-round fighter now. I'm better offensively and defensively and mentally I'm very tough," Froch told Sky Sports News.

"Success breeds confidence, and I've had a lot of success of late at the top level. I'm ready to do the business and get redemption against Mikkel Kessler."

Froch - whose one of two career defeats was to Kessler - was beaten by a unanimous decision in April 2010 on Kessler's home territory, but Froch feels if the fight enters the latter stages he will have the strength to emerge victorious and avoid a second loss to the WBA title holder.

"Physically and mentally I'm switched on, [I will] do what I know I can do," he said.

"It's still just going to be as brutal and vicious, but I think as the fight goes on into round eight, nine, ten, then it's the championship rounds ten, 11 and 12, that's when I can take over, clean him out and knock him out or force a late stoppage."

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