• Super-middleweight

Froch: Kessler rematch will be 'brutal'

ESPN staff
May 20, 2013
Carl Froch is aiming to unify the super-middleweight division when he takes on Mikkel Kessler on Saturday © PA Photos

Carl Froch believes his unification rematch with Mikkel Kessler could turn into a "barbaric" affair when the pair meet at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

IBF super-middleweight champion Froch is out for revenge following his 2010 unanimous decision defeat to the Dane and, while respectful of the current WBA champion, believes the fight is his to win or lose.

"I'm not going to let this guy beat me again but I know it's going to be very, very tough," Froch told Sky Sports News. "It's going to be brutal, it could even be quite vicious and barbaric but both of us are in there to do a job. We're both real tough, strong warriors at the top of our game.

"This is a tough job. I've got Mikkel Kessler, who is going to be fit and strong. He's talking about this maybe being his last fight.

"People look at that as a negative but I'm looking at that as a negative from my point of view, because it means he's just going to turn up and leave it all in the ring and just have one last hurrah.

"A dying man is a dangerous man, but a man at the end of his game who is thinking 'this could be me finished' - which is like what I was against Lucian Bute - I know for a fact the mindset he's going to be in. I'm in the same mindset.

"I'm confident I'm going to win this fight, don't get me wrong, and I know how to beat Mikkel Kessler but he'll probably tell you the same and to be totally honest this fight is a 50/50 fight. It's there for me to win and it's there for me to lose as well."

The pair's first bout in Denmark was seen as a classic and, with the sequel having been heavily built up, 'The Cobra' is intent on making sure he is fully prepared and aware of what he needs to do to defeat Kessler this time around.

"I need to just make sure I focus and concentrate this last week and do the job that Rob McCracken MBE, my coach, has been telling me to do and I'll get the job done in style," Froch, 35, added.

"Physically all of the work's been done, now it's just about me thinking about what I need to do and focusing on the tactics and concentrating and making sure that the final day, the final hour before the fight I'm really, really switched on and believe in myself and mentally ready to do this job."

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