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Classic Fight!!! Froch Gains Revenge Against Kessler, Unifies IBF and WBA Super Middleweight Titles

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Carl Froch (left) and Mikkel Kessler (right) go to war Saturday Night at London’s O2 Arena. Froch won by unanimous decision, unifying the IBF and WBA Super Middleweight titles

By. BrotherJR

May 25, 2013

When Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler fought in April 2010 in Kessler’s home country of  Denmark, they put on a war with Kessler winning by unanimous decision.  As good as that fight was, what we witnessed with the Froch-Kessler rematch tonight at loud and boisterous O2 Arena in London was even better.  This time, it was Froch who turned the tables securing a unanimous decision (118-110, 116-112 and 115-113) over Kessler and in the process unify the IBF and WBA Super Middleweight tiles in what is the Fight of the Year at this point in 2013.

Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) got the fireworks started early, fighting at a faster pace than he did during their first fight in Denmarkestablishing the jab and setting the tone against the slow starting Kessler.  The momentum continued in round two as “Cobra” hurt Kessler (46-3, 35 KO) with a right hand two minutes into the round, then opening up a cut along Kessler’s right eye in the third.

While Kessler had his moments in round four, it wasn’t until the fifth that the “Viking Warrior” found his mojo as he got Froch’s attention with a solid left hook.  The action continued for Kessler in round six as he again caught Froch with a right hand.  This fight was just beginning to heat up.

From seven on, this bout turned from a terrific affair into a straight classic.  Kessler was stunned in that round by a Froch right hand, but fought back hard and by the end of round eight, they were in the middle of the ring trading toe to toe.  At the beginning of round eight, Froch landed a big left hook to the head of Kessler, only for Kessler to return favor by landing a big overhand right, only for Froch to come back once again landing big punches on Kessler as the round was ending.  The intensity and toughness that both Froch and Kessler displayed was inspiring, with the back and forth drama was something to behold.

In round nine and ten, the action slowed (relatively speaking) and it appeared that Kessler may be wearing down, but Froch seemed to hurt his left hand unable to advantage of a seemingly tiring Kessler.  In of round eleven however, Kessler responded by hurting Froch with a tremendous right hand.  However, a fatigued Kessler could not take advantage and seize the moment.  Froch recovered from that blow to hurt Kessler as the round was ending with right hand and left hooks.  That moment proved to be a telling sign that defined the bout throughout.  Whenever Kessler would land a big punch, stage a rally, or have some semblance of control Froch always fought back and took the play away.  In short Carl Froch never let Mikkel Kessler take control of this bout.

In the twelfth and final round, Froch closed the show, hurting Kessler and seemed close to putting him on the mat.  However, Kessler showing the heart of a lion til the end, fought back and refused to go down.  At the final bell, the crowd jumped to its feet, showing their approval of what was a tremendous war.

With the win the obvious question is, what’s next for Carl Froch.  The obvious call was for a rematch with Andre Ward, who defeated Froch on Dec. 2011 in the final of the Super Middleweight Super Six Tournament.  Ward, doing ringside commentary on the fight for HBO, said he’s willing to fight anybody, but that Froch’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, that in order for a rematch to happen, especially in England, has to come correct with a deal. In fact, after the fight Ward sent out a tweet to Hearn telling him to “pick up the phone.”

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Another option that was discussed prior to the fight is a possible battle against Bernard Hopkins, who is searching for a big fight following his win over Tavoris Cloud this past March to win the IBF Light Heavyweight tile.  Yet another possibility could be Froch-Kessler III.  I would be open for any of those fights as all are good for Froch, and good for boxing.  As for Kessler, who knows where he goes from here.  While a third match with Froch seems possible, in the lead up to this fight, Kessler said that he would think about retiring if he lost.  Kessler’s career is in limbo.

Saturday night’s rematch between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler was fantastic, a war that will be etched in the memories of boxing fans for a long time to come.  As good as their first fight was, this was even better.  Who knows what’s in the future for both.  Lets just enjoy what we just say which was a treat for us all.  Boxing has been outstanding in 2013 and this may have topped all the great fights that we’ve had this year.  Given the atmosphere, the crowd, the display and effort put on by both fighters, I don’t know if it will (or can) get any better than what we saw with Froch – Kessler II.

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May 26, 2013 - Posted by | Blog, Boxing, Fights | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Probably one of the best rematch fights I’ve seen in a while… I’m glad it lived up to the hype. I think the Maidana – Lopez fight should be a good one this weekend too with a bit of luck 🙂

    Comment by boxstat | May 27, 2013 | Reply

  2. It all depends of Marcos Maidana is motivated and in shape, which is not always the case with him.

    Comment by BrotherJR | June 4, 2013 | Reply


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