Hearn: PPV for Kessler v Froch II is a necessity

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has reiterated his stance that to finalize a deal between his number one fighter, Carl Froch and old rival Mikkel Kessler, the bout had to call for the return of pay-per-view to the UK.

Sky Box Office, who dropped boxing events in 2011 on the back of the Haye v Harrison farce, are preparing to screen the possible unification clash in May and British fight fans are now being warned to prepare themselves for PPV boxing once again.

“The details in their entirety have not been signed yet, but for a fight of huge magnitude, like Froch-Kessler to take place, pay-per-view is a necessity,” Hearn told Gareth A. Davies of Telegraph Sport.

“There are only three potential pay-per-view fights in the UK at the moment. Froch-Kessler, Kell Brook against Amir Khan, and Tyson Fury against David Price, at heavyweight.”

IBF super-middleweight champion Froch, 35, and 33 year-old WBA belt holder Kessler met previously in 2010, with the Dane coming out on top in a closely-fought contest on his home soil and has now agreed to travel to the United Kingdom to battle ‘The Cobra’ on his home turf.

If Nottingham-based Froch can turn the tables on the ‘Viking Warrior’ and level up the series at one apiece later this year, then a rubber-match will be on the cards towards the back end of 2013 to decide an overall winner in the trilogy.

Any future meeting is also be expected to be a pay-per-view affair.