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Kessler: I don't need to get inside Froch's head

ESPN staff
May 22, 2013

Mikkel Kessler insists he was not trying to unsettle Carl Froch by sparring with George Groves, and does not understand the Brit's anger over the situation.

Froch reacted badly to finding out Groves had helped with Kessler's training for Saturday's heavily anticipated rematch, which sees the IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles go on the line.

As a fellow Brit, and member of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom stable, Froch felt Groves had shown a lack of loyalty - with questions raised as to whether Groves had passed Kessler inside knowledge. The Dane, though, laughed off such talk.

"Everybody seems to have forgotten I am half English and my mum lives in Salisbury with my brother," Kessler said in the Sun. "I've had some Polish sparring partners too. Froch is part Polish - does that mean they have been disloyal to him by also sparring with me?

"I haven't really heard so much about it, somebody told me this, Carl was angry, I don't know what it is, I don't know how good friends they are.

"I didn't spar with him so much but he's a good guy George. I'm sure that Carl also has a lot of sparring partners that are not English, maybe not Danish people, but it's OK for him.

"It was purely a boxing decision to get Groves and Nathan Cleverly to come to Denmark and spar me. There was nothing sinister. We could have been afraid to use George or Nathan as they might have passed on tips to Froch.

"I wasn't trying to get into Carl's head, there is no need."

Kessler, despite being a year younger than Froch, is deemed to be past his best by many expert onlookers ahead of Saturday's rematch. He won the first encounter between the pair, but admits he will have to change tactics from the slug-fest that won him the first bout.

"I've fought him before so it's a different gameplan we have to do but I always try to do things better," Kessler said.

"If there are new things discovered we can be better at [to] get in better shape, I'm going to do that you know. I try to do everything as much as possible."

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