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Froch: I cannot wait for Kessler revenge

ESPN staff
May 20, 2013

IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch cannot wait to get into the ring for his heavily anticipated rematch with WBA champion Mikkel Kessler.

The pair meet at the O2 Arena on Saturday and, with 'The Cobra' keen to inflict revenge on his Danish opponent, Froch stated that he is eager to let loose when stepping on to the canvas.

"I want to get the first round bell sounding and I want to walk out to the centre of the ring and start letting go of leather," Froch told Sky Sports News. "I want to start hitting him with hard, heavy shots and blocking his shots and doing what I need to do. I just cannot wait to get in."

Froch lost to Kessler by unanimous decision when they fought in Denmark in April 2010, a decision that the Nottingham-born fighter admits has riled him ever since.

"If that same fight would have happened in England, who knows which way the decision would have gone," Froch said. "The very fact that I flew out [to Denmark] late underneath the volcanic ash cloud that was kicking off in Iceland at the time, and I had to take weight off and do a few things late on that I never usually do, my late preparation was definitely hampered.

"I didn't get into the ring feeling 100%, firing on all cylinders, so I draw a lot of confidence from that. The very fact is that I wasn't at my best physically and I still took Mikkel Kessler to the wire in a very close fight, so I'm drawing on it but not looking too much into it."

The 35-year-old believes he is in prime condition ahead of the bout and, despite stating he is fully prepared for a "brutal" and "barbaric" battle, is not resting on his laurels before the pair come to blows in South East London.

"When I turn up in the best possible physical shape, which is what I'm in now, can he stay with me and can he live with me then?" Froch said.

"Late on as the fight draws into the championship rounds, I'm not so sure he can but I can't take it for granted because I know for fact that he's been training very hard. So it's all going to happen on May 25, there's no getting away from it."

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