Froch predicts 'warfare' in Kessler rematch

Posted at 01/16/13 10:33 AM

LONDON - British super-middleweight boxer Carl Froch announced on Tuesday that he has agreed a rematch with Denmark's Mikkel Kessler that will take place in Britain this year.

Froch, the IBF champion, was narrowly beaten by Kessler when the pair first met in Denmark in 2010 and although no date or venue has yet been confirmed for the rematch, Froch is delighted to have been given a chance of revenge.

"First and foremost, I'm really pleased the fight has finally been arranged," the 35-year-old said.

"I feared that Kessler had second thoughts about his promise -- but the man has come good on his word.

"Our first fight was pure warfare. We went at each other for every minute of every round and the rematch promises to be even more fiercely contested.

"I seriously wish I was ringside myself for this fight, because I'm gunning for revenge at all costs and the fight fans are in for a real treat."

Kessler, 33, said: "I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time.

"Since that first fight, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again.

"I don't care where we fight. I said anytime, anywhere. I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war."

According to reports, the fight is expected to take place in London on May 25.

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