Joe Calzaghe has predicted that fellow Brit Carl Froch will prevail in his rematch against Dane Mikkel Kessler on May 25 at London’s 02 Arena.
Calzaghe produced one of his best career performances to outpoint Kessler in 2007. Calzaghe was tactically astute that night at the Millennium Stadium and was able to adapt throughout the fight to control and nulyfy Kessler to win a unanamous decision.
Froch will be looking to turn the tables this time around, after being outpointed by Kessler in 2010, losing his WBC title in Denmark on a night when both produced a terrific battle. Both go into the return as world champions, Froch now hold sthe IBF world title belt, while Kessler is the WBA champion.
But the Welshman reflected on his fight with Kessler this week when speaking to the Newsletter and believes that the Danish fighter neglected his defensive skills from the fighter he faced and expects Froch to overcome Kessler and unify the belts in front of his home support this time.
“I remember fighting in front of 50,000 in my home town of Cardiff – Kessler was undefeated at the time – it was one of my top three victories and he was one of the top couple of fighters I ever faced.
“But Mikkel was a better fighter when I beat him. He had a 39-0 record.
“I remember him punching hard and moving very well. He caught me with some good shots, a couple of humdingers, in the fourth round. But I adapted my style and he couldn’t cope.
“Where I fancy Froch is that he has aged a bit better than Kessler. Kessler isn’t as mobile as he used to be, he’s a lot easier to hit and I’ve noticed he doesn’t move his head like he used to. He’s a bit flat-footed.
“That suits Froch because Froch doesn’t like movers; he struggles against them. He likes people right in front of him so he can unload his punches.