Fight fans who saw the first epic fight between rival super-middleweights Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler have been hoping for a sequel ever since. Back in April of 2010, when both “The Cobra” and “The Viking Warrior” were key players in the fascinating (if a little drawn-out “Super Six” tournament), it was Kessler who enjoyed home country advantage, and Kessler went to war with Froch, winning a close but unanimous decision.
The 12-rounds were breathtaking and the two men who gave their all reportedly agreed verbally to a rematch some day; a gentleman’s agreement/handshake sealing the deal. Yet here we are, some three years later, and the return has still not happened. But a lot has happened to both fighters since the rumble in Herning.
Neither guy managed to pick up the “Super Six” trophy; Froch being beaten in the final by the seemingly untouchable Andre Ward, Kessler, who had previously lost toWard, having to pull out of the tournament with an eye injury shortly after his win over Froch. Yet both fighters managed to bounce back in style after their own particular setbacks. And now, with both fighters holding major world titles once again, the stage seems perfectly set for the anticipated return match.
Kessler, though, for whatever reason, is yet to put pen to paper and finalise the part-two Froch is dearly hoping will happen, in the U.K, this summer. “I really don’t know what the delay is,” Froch told The Nottingham Post.
“Everything is in place for what will be the biggest fight in Britain for the last ten years. It is the fight everybody wants. He has been made an offer so it’s all down to him and his promoter now.
“Mikkel was talking about a rematch any time, anywhere, so I’m hopeful. But if he does pull out, I’ll be phoning him and calling him chicken.”
So, what is Kessler, 46-2(35) waiting for? In the recent past, Kessler did say he craves revenge over Ward more than anything else at this point in his fine career, yet with Ward set to be out of action for a number of months after shoulder surgery, there appears to be no bigger fight available for Kessler than the Froch return. Froch also wants to avenge his loss to Ward, yet for the time being the Kessler rematch makes all the sense in the world. But has Kessler got cold feet all of a sudden?
Som fans say Kessler, though he won the first fight, has never quite been the same fighter since; what with the damage, notably to his eye, he picked up in the terrific battle with the Nottingham man. Maybe, just maybe, he isn’t in the mood to be dragged to the places another Froch war will take him? Fight fans are certainly entitled to feel a little pessimistic right now, as a number of sure-thing, had to happen match-ups have failed to materialise – think Mayweather-Pacquiao for an obvious example, and will Adrien Broner-Ricky Burns actually happen, or Tyson Fury-David Price? Kessler-Froch II is too good a fight, too important a rematch to be filed under the lost to history section of our sport.
Fans know that, if the rematch does happen, they will be treated to another amazing fight. Both guys are about as equally matched as you could imagine, even if the two have different fighting styles. Unlike the Froch-Lucian Bute fight, or the Kessler-Brian Magee fight, there will be no quick ending here. A 12-round fire-fight of epi proportions can almost certainly be counted on. Not only will the fight be a great action affair if it comes off, but Kessler, a proud champion, OWES Froch a rematch.
Froch, 30-2(22) still believes it will happen, but can we rely on Kessler to do his part to make it so?