Bernard Hopkins expects Carl Froch to beat Mikkel Kessler so he can fight him next
Bernard Hopkins is expecting Carl Froch to beat Mikkel Kessler on Saturday - so he can fight him next.
Last Updated: 22/05/13 2:15pm
The 48-year-old light-heavyweight champion believes the Briton will dominate his Danish opponent when the pair meet for the second time on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Hopkins does not to expect this fight to be as close as the first one, simply because both have changed since their first fight two-and-a-half years ago.
"I like Froch," he told Sky Sports' podcast, Toe-2-Toe.
"He has the experience of not just the first fight between them but also the tournament (Super Six) he went through.
"We all know he didn't win that tournament, Andre Ward won it but Froch has got better - and I'm not just saying that because there's a potential chance for me and him to lace it up one day!
"I see Kessler has not been too active and I don't see that he has got better over the last two or three fights or even two or three years, so I am going for Froch.
"I think it is going to be an exciting fight but I think he is going to win - and precisely. I don't think this is going to be close either. He's going to win by at least eight rounds out of the 12."
Hopkins defends his IBF title against Karo Murat on July 13 but like his fellow light-heavyweight Nathan Cleverly, is already offering Froch the chance to move up and fight him - assuming he overcomes Kessler.
"Either he'll be back over here or I'll be trying to get on a boat, or a plane, to get over there for the biggest press conference in history," he said about Froch.
"That is one the fight people want to see! He has a great personality like me, so could you imagine a press conference between Froch and Hopkins?
"That would be huge. That is one of the reasons I am hoping he can do this thing - and I can do my thing on July 13."