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Kessler in confident mood ahead of Froch fight

ESPN staff
April 21, 2010
Mikkel Kessler aims to take Carl Froch's title and unbeaten record © Getty Images

Mikkel Kessler believes his upcoming fight with Carl Froch is the perfect chance to revive his flailing career.

The 31-year-old faces the unbeaten WBC super-middleweight champion on Saturday night in the knowledge that losing would leave him facing elimination from the Super Six tournament. Froch himself recently claimed this was last chance saloon for Kessler after the Dane lost his WBA title to Andre Ward in California last November.

But Kessler is in confident mood ahead of this weekend's bout and is determined to use the heartache of his defeat to Ward as motivation to get back to winning ways.

"I had a few bad nights after losing to Ward," the 31-year-old told the Sun. "Nothing worked for me in Oakland, but now I am back, better and stronger than ever.

"I don't want to speak about Ward any more - all my focus is on my next fight. It is a fact that I need to win to keep alive my hopes of winning the Super Six.

"This really is my last chance and I will make the most of it."

Kessler faces Froch in his hometown of Herning and insists he is in perfect shape to relieve Froch of his belt and unbeaten record.

"We had a great preparation with my new trainer Jimmy Montoya and my physical coach Thomas Maicon," added the Dane. "I started in early January and I am really eager to get into the ring and defeat the Cobra.

"My home fans always give me the extra five per cent. The bottom line is I have never been beaten in Denmark and I never will."

Knocking out Kessler would move Froch to the top of the Super Six table. But Kessler has warned the Nottingham puncher to prepare to go home empty-handed.

"I don't think Froch will pick up any points from his visit to Denmark."

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