WBA regular super middleweight champion “The Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler will battle IBF super middleweight titlist “The Cobra” Carl Froch in a May 25 rematch at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich, London.
Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) managed to trump the 35-year-old Froch (30-2, 22 KO) by a unanimous decision in their initial April 2010 bout during the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
"I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time," said Kessler, 33, a Dane who is a five-time world titleholder. "I have the utmost of respect for Carl. I feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the most hostile places, just like me. Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about and I was (anxious) to do it again."
Froch, a Brit who is also a former two-time WBC super-middleweight king, most recently fought in November when he knocked American Yusaf Mack onto Queer Street in the third round.
Comparatively, Kessler, who has been plagued by injuries since overcoming Froch, last scrapped in December and earned a third-round TKO over Irishman Brian Magee.
Kessler and Froch engaged in the tournament’s most exciting tussle three years ago and the two are poised for another brilliant clash this spring.
However, in their sequel, Carl Froch will outdo Mikkel Kessler and collect another belt.