In just one month we get to see the hotly anticipated rematch between IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBA super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler face off, and although there has been no trash talking between the pair, Mikkel Kessler has laid down the gauntlet and said he will retire if Froch beats him on May 25.
The pair are good friends outside the ring, but Froch is looking for revenge after the Dane inflicted the first loss on the 34-year-old’s career when they met in Denmark in 2010. The rematch could not be closer, Froch is 8/13 to exact revenge, and Kessler is 5/4 to beat Froch, click here to bet with Boylesports.com
However, Kessler remarked that if he loses to Froch next month, he will retire from the sport altogether.
“If I lose, I’m going to quit,” Kessler told Sky Sports News. “If I lose fair and square, I’m out of here, sorry. But I’m not going to lose, I’m going to win.”
Kessler said that he expects the same Carl Froch that fought Lucian Bute last year.
“We have a good plan,” Kessler added. “I think he’s going to come with hair on his chest when he’s fighting me and show everybody he’s the champ. He’s probably going to come running forward at me in the first couple of rounds, but let’s see what’s going to happen.”
The fight will be the biggest fight on British soil in many years, and fans are genuinely excited about the prospect of two old fashion warriors meeting in the ring.
If Carl can gain revenge and beat Kessler, it could set up a huge rematch with Andre Ward in the UK, or a rematch with Lucian Bute in Canada, although after the beating Bute took in Nottingham it is unlikely that he will want any part of Froch again.
What the win could set up is a British super fight between Froch and George Groves, who has been helping Mikkel Kessler train for the Froch bout.
Groves would need a title to use as a bargaining chip with Froch however.