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Sauerland: Kessler still wants Froch, has interest in DeGale world title fight

Phil D Jay 08/01/2015

German promoter Kalle Sauerland remains hopeful that Carl Froch will eventually agree to a third fight with Mikkel Kessler despite the Briton being on the verge of sealing a deal to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Froch, 37, wants to fulfil a lifelong ambition of headlining in Las Vegas before possible retirement this year and has expressed his optimism that a fight with Chavez could be announced soon for the end of March.

Speculation had been rife that Froch would retire after any encounter with the Mexican although ‘The Cobra’ said this week that is he defeats Chavez he would consider carrying on with his career – something which has put Sauerland on alert.

That leaves the door open for a Froch v Kessler trilogy clash in the summer, or more realistically, late 2015 and could see Sauerland’s star fighter step up interest in fighting IBF mandatory challenger James DeGale.

DeGale will know in the next few weeks whether he will be fighting for the vacant IBF belt in his next outing and Sauerland says Kessler would consider facing the Olympic gold medallist if the title was definitely on the line.

“A fight between Mikkel Kessler and James DeGale has been discussed and I understand this would be a huge fight either in the UK or in Denmark,” Sauerland exclusively told World Boxing News.

“As everybody knows Mikkel has been holding out for a decider with Froch, something which Carl publicly promised live on television after Mikkel had kept his side of the bargain and gave Carl the rematch in the UK.

“If Carl does not want to fight Mikkel right now, of course, the DeGale fight, if for the world title, would make a lot of sense.

“Mikkel is only interested in competing at the highest level, and if the conditions are right for a fight with DeGale, it is for sure an interesting fight to us.”

The time-time world champion Kessler has not fought since losing out to Froch via a points decision back in May 2013.

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