Carl Froch says he is in the shape of his life ahead of Mikkel Kessler rematch
Carl Froch says he is in the shape of his life as the countdown to his blockbuster rematch with Mikkel Kessler begins.
Last Updated: 22/04/13 10:50pm
The 35-year-old IBF world super-middleweight champion gets his chance to exact revenge on huge Dane Kessler, the WBA title holder, on May 25 live on Sky Box Office.
The 'Cobra' suffered his first professional defeat when he was beaten on points by Kessler in 2010.
But he was in a bullish mood following a gruelling 15-round training session with trainer Robert McCracken MBE in his Nottinghamshire gym.
"I am exactly where I want to be with May 25 beginning to come into view," said Froch. "I am getting that tingle in my hands and down my spine now, I know that feeling well and it means that I'm ready to fight.
"It is such a huge occasion for me but it's nights like this where I thrive and stand up to be counted. I feel like everything is clicking in training and sparring has been fantastic, I couldn't ask to be in a better place than I am right now."
"He's very, very sharp," said McCracken. "To be in the shape he is in five weeks out is a very good sign.
"He's in superb condition, he always is - and there's a hunger in his eyes that I can remember before all his big wins, like Lucian Bute, Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor, with the same spitefulness in his pad work before them too. I'm very confident he's going to do the business."
Froch and Kessler top an epic bill in the capital with the light heavyweight rematch between Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba, while British super middleweight star George Groves continues his march towards a world title in a fight against Noe Gonzalez Alcoba.