Carl Froch says he will stop Mikkel Kessler in their 2013 rematch
Carl Froch told Ringside that he expects to bring an early conclusion to his rematch with Mikkel Kessler.
Last Updated: 18/01/13 10:50am
Briton Froch and Dane Kessler have agreed to lock horns once again lin 2013, three years after the latter won their initial bout on points in his homeland and handed the Cobra his first professional loss.
And the Nottingham pugilist, who ripped the IBF strap from Lucian Bute in the summer of 2012 before successfully defending it against Yusaf Mack in November, says his steely focus and punching combinations will be too much for Kessler to contend with.
"I know this is a bold claim but I think I will stop Kessler inside nine rounds," said Froch, whose only other defeat, also on points, came at the hands of Andre Ward. "I am on the crest of a wave and I think I have the beating of him because he knows he can't outbox me.
"If it goes the distance, though, I think I'll beat him on points, as I'll be putting four, five, six-punch combos together once I've got him where I want him.
"This is not only a chance for me to redeem myself but a chance to get close to securing my legacy before I hang my gloves up - though I'm not talking about retirement yet.
"The fight could have gone either way in Denmark but I know I wasn't in tip-top shape; it is boring to listen to excuses but a volcanic ash cloud played a part in it
"I went over their late and wasn't 100 per cent focussed or on my weight like I usually am - but you saw against Bute, when I put in a barnstorming performance, what I can do when I am fresh and jump in.
"I'm not going to be stupid and say it is going to be easy because Kessler is not the Viking Warrior for nothing; like me, he has a granite chin and shoots from the hip.
"He has been in with the best and I'm expecting the best of Mikkel Kessler - but I've got a point to prove."