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WBN Preview: Froch v Kessler II – Repeat and revenge

Phil Jay 25/05/2013

A titanic struggle is predicted at the O2 Arena tonight as IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch looks to avenge his 2010 loss to Danish powerhouse and WBA belt holder Mikkel Kessler.

At almost 36, Froch is in fine form on the back of his demolition job on Lucian Bute almost a year ago to the day and can unify the 168lb division for the first time in his career with an expected victory.

The two endured a punishing twelve rounds at the Messecenter in Herning previously, with some questioning the decision after Froch fought fire with fire against ‘The Viking Warrior’ in his home country.

A repeat is widely tipped for tonight’s return as home support and the English advantage is set-up for ‘The Cobra’ to enjoy a defining night – before another rematch with Andre Ward later in the year.

Both fighters looked in the shape of their lives at yesterday’s weigh-in, with injuries suffered in the past maybe the only difference between the two, giving Froch the edge on activity over the past few years.

Froch’s experience in earning a place in the final of the Super-Six, which Kessler was forced to withdraw from with yet another ailment, should stand the Nottingham fighter in good stead to earn a return of that showpiece event against the pound for pound-ranked American.

34 year-old Kessler will no doubt give everything he has on the night, which is what makes this an intriguing contest correctly titled ‘Warrior’s Call’ and viewers at the venue and on TV should sit back and watch two of the greatest of that ilk duke it out for the title belts as they leave nothing in the ring.

In chief support, Tony Bellew can ill-afford a performance like the last time he fought opponent Isaac Chilemba in March. ‘The Bomber’ has to raise his game to overcome the dangerous former world champion, otherwise the WBC silver light-heavyweight could fall at the final hurdle of his world title dream.

Also on the bill, George Groves hopes to move a step closer to a possible meeting with Carl Froch and should have no trouble in coming through Uruguayan Noe Gonzalez, who was stopped in two rounds by Adonis Stevenson.