CARL Froch and Mikkel Kessler will square off in “one of the biggest fights in world boxing” this year after agreeing an explosive rematch on British soil.
Nottingham IBF super-middleweight champion Froch suffered a contentious defeat to Kessler in a classic in Denmark in 2010. He has always craved a shot at revenge and promoter Eddie Hearn has delivered, with the two men likely to clash in London in May.
“It’s on – the biggest fight that can be made in British boxing, and probably one of the biggest fights in world boxing,” said Hearn. “The first was an epic battle and Froch-Kessler II will be one for the ages.
“I’m delighted for Carl because he deserves it. He can now avenge that loss and leave a real legacy for British boxing because I believe he’s one of the all-time greats and a win against Kessler will put him right up there.”
A specific date and venue will be announced soon, with the O2 Arena on 25 May the most likely.
Froch said: “I’m really pleased the fight has finally been arranged. 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’m gunning for revenge at all costs and fight fans are in for a real treat.
“He is a class act both inside and outside the ropes. We are cut from the same cloth and we will be friends again after the fight.
“The moment I heard the fight was done, I was completely switched on. I can’t wait to get back into camp for this one. I’ve never felt so motivated.”