Carl Froch has apologised for threatening to “kill” Mikkel Kessler in their IBF super-middleweight fight in London tomorrow night – but will still face an investigation by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Froch took to Twitter yesterday to say: “I’m sorry if my comments yesterday offended anyone. This fight means so much to me & emotions are running high. See you at the weigh-in.”
The Board’s general secretary Robert Smith said the governing body would look into the comments, saying: “Carl’s comments are inappropriate and we are disappointed in them.”
Froch and Kessler have been friends since their first bout three years ago, which Kessler won on points in Denmark, but Froch’s desire for a revenge win led him to change tune and launch a vicious attack.
Froch told reporters: “On Saturday night, if I have to, I will kill this f****r. Sorry about the language, but I will kill him. It sounds brutal, it sounds horrible, but this is what it means to me.
“I’m going to leave it in the ring. And when I’m smashing his face in, I am going to go for the kill. I am going to go for the finish.”
Smith said of Froch’s remarks: “They are very uncharacteristic from Carl, who is usually a very well-behaved and measured young man.”