Carl Froch admits a rematch with Dane Mikkel Kessler could go either way
Carl Froch admits Mikkel Kessler is a "world-class operator"- but is still eager for a rematch with the Dane.
Last Updated: 09/12/12 10:07am
Dane Kessler paved the way for the pair to meet for a second time in the ring by destroying Brian Magee inside three rounds to claim the WBA super-middleweight title in Herning.
Froch was watching on in the Sky Sports and admitted to being impressed by his friend's display, though it has not changed his desire to have a second crack at a man who administered his first professional defeat back in 2010.
"I know what to expect from Mikkel Kessler - he's a world-class operator," 'The Cobra' said.
"He punches hard with both hands and when we fight it will be a fight between two warriors who both want to win.
"It's a fight that could go either way. It's one I know I can win, but it's not going to be easy."
Froch also revealed that negotiations have already started between both camps, though the Brit will first have to wait to find out if he will have to go through with a contracted rematch against Lucian Bute.
"I think step one is already complete - they (the promoters) have had a good conversation and it's looking promising that the fight can definitely happen, either in the spring or early summer of 2013," the Nottingham fighter said.
"I don't think Lucian Bute wants to take the immediate rematch. I think he's shying away from that, and a lot of people can understand why.
"The only sensible fight out there, for the fans, for television and for me and Mikkel, is the rematch. The first fight was a humdinger. I can't wait.
"I'd obviously love to avenge that defeat to Ward, but that would naturally come after the fight with Kessler and wiping the slate clean with him. There's always a chance of a trilogy, but we'll get the next one out of the way first."
As for Magee, Froch believes his former opponent - he stopped the Northern Irishman in the 11th round at York Hall back in May of 2006 - may now be coming to the end of the line.
"I think that'll probably be curtains for him now," he said of Magee, who had been enjoying something of an Indian summer in his professional career.
"Maybe at domestic level there's a couple of fights out there for him, if you look down our top 10s there are a couple of names that stand out."