• Super-middleweight

Hearn: Froch v Kessler 'decider' on the cards

ESPN staff
May 30, 2013

Promoter Eddie Hearn remains open on a potential third fight between newly unified super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and old rival Mikkel Kessler, and has also hinted the Nottingham fighter could face George Groves in an all-Britain super-clash next summer.

Froch and Kessler have fought out two classic battles on the canvas, and with the each scoring a victory Hearn believes there could be big money for a 'deciding' rematch.

"I still think a decider could happen," said Hearn. "Money for a third fight will talk. The last one went to over 100 countries and every TV station will want it again. The venue? It could be in the UK, it depends where the big money is."

Froch is keen to inflict revenge on unbeaten American Andre Ward, the only other fighter to mark a defeat on his record. However, despite Froch turning 36 in July, Hearn believes the 'Cobra' still has plenty of bite left.

"Realistically, Carl may only have three to five big fights left in him," Hearn added. "He only had two fights last year and boxed [Yusaf] Mack last November. I'm delighted for Carl. He is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

"But this is just a start, because he has three or four years still to go.Unfortunately, we only signed him late in his career. Carl deserves to relax with his family, have a rest and take a holiday.

"But, if he doesn't box again this year, then you are looking at March 2014 and that's too long a rest."

Hearn also promotes fellow super-middleweight Groves, who has not been afraid to state his desire for a world title shot. The undefeated Hammersmith fighter recently admitted he would relish a bout with Froch, and Hearn has hinted that a potential bout could be set up next year.

"Ideally, it would be Froch v Kessler III, Groves and [Andre] Ward," said Hearn. "Realistically, we could look at Groves for the Spring or summer in 2014."

However, Hearn was quick to dismiss the possibility of Froch moving up to light-heavyweight, which would almost certainly rule out the chances of the much-interested Bernard Hopkins facing the Brit.

"I'm not interested in Carl moving up," Hearn added. "Carl gets in the ring at 12-4. A light-heavyweight could be 13-5 or up to 14 stone, leaving Carl at a massive disadvantage. Fighters like [Bernard] Hopkins are just too big."

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