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Froch desperate to restore legacy

ESPN staff
May 24, 2013
Carl Froch suffered defeat to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark in 2010 © Getty Images

IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is hellbent on defeating Mikkel Kessler in their unification rematch at the O2 Arena on Saturday, in a bid to restore himself as one of the best fighters in the world.

Nottingham fighter Froch, who lost to the Dane by unanimous decision in their classic 2010 bout, faces the WBA titlist in South East London and stated he would be inconsolable if defeated by his opponent for the second time in his career.

"To lose to Kessler again, then I don't know what I would do," Froch told Press Association Sport. "I'd be totally devastated. This is a fight I need to rectify. Kessler beat me three years ago and I need to win this to redeem myself and secure my legacy as one of the best fighters in the world.

"It's definitely about securing my legacy. We talk about legacy but he's one of the only two fighters to win a decision against me and it was in a close fight that could have gone either way. If that fight had been in England then there is a big argument to be made that I would have won the fight.

"But instead it took place away from home, on foreign soil and I didn't get the nod. It would be nice to rectify that loss and redeem myself, if you like, and set the record straight.

"It's the biggest night of my life and my career so far because it's going to bring my whole career to a pinnacle. It's a rematch against the man who inflicted my first career defeat and it means so much to me."

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