Blogs & Opinion


Jim Watt:

Most Popular Posts:

Blog Archive:

Froch v Kessler II: Jim Watt tips the Cobra to prevail

Jim Watt Posted 22nd May 2013 view comments

Carl Froch seeks revenge against Mikkel Kessler on Saturday - and Jim Watt expects to see a fast and furious approach from the Nottingham man he says is fighting better than ever before...

The wait is almost over.

On Saturday night two of the best fighters on the planet will go toe to toe in what should be a great contest, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Kessler and Froch: evenly matched, but Jim's tipping the Cobra to win

Kessler and Froch: evenly matched, but Jim's tipping the Cobra to win

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler are unquestionably among the world's elite and their rematch at the O2 Arena is so intriguing because both the IBF and WBA champions are so evenly matched and have nothing else to prove.

Book the fight now

They're both warriors and much of the pre-fight hype has surrounded the pair's toughness, but I think both of them are too classy to simply try and blast the other out as soon as they hear the first bell.

Eventually they're going to have to lay it all on the line - and from that point on it's all about who is better in that kind of battle.

Jim Watt
Quotes of the week

Froch v Kessler II

6pm, Sat, Sky Sports Box Office

I don't see this being a type of fight like we saw when Marco Antonio Barrera fought Erik Morales in 2000, where they just stood there trading with each other. Instead, we're going to see a mixture of everything.

First of all we're going to see them both try to get a couple of early rounds in the bank with smart, skilful boxing and plenty of solid punches.

Froch's skills are underrated and Kessler is a smooth operator. The Dane is probably, in terms of textbook boxing, ahead of Froch; he's got better movement and he can put punches together better. But Froch has got an awkward style, which he's developed.

Then, after those opening exchanges, I expect the fight to follow the lines of their first contest, becoming more intense as it goes on.

Eventually they're going to have to lay it all on the line - and from that point on it's all about who is better in that kind of battle.

Tactics

In terms of Froch's tactics for the fight, I don't expect him to march out as he did against Lucien Bute because he has so much respect for Kessler - and rightly so, as he's a better fighter than the Canadian.

Froch surprised everybody - especially Bute - with his approach in that bout: doing nothing and then bursting into action with loads of punches, putting everything into each attack. Rather than trying to box carefully behind a jab he just pounced on him.

But, although I think Froch will again try to fight in bursts, he can't just charge into Kessler, who has proven his ability at the top level.

And make no mistake, Kessler isn't just in this fight for the money. He's had George Groves and Nathan Cleverly over in Denmark sparring with him which shows you this is a guy determined to win.

Toughness

A lot of people are saying Froch has more to prove, as he needs to avenge his defeat, but I don't see it that way. Kessler is boxing away from home and I think he realises he's the one up against it this time.

When he beat Froch last time, that was on the back of a defeat to Andre Ward. Kessler couldn't afford to lose again - and he delivered. That shows you he can perform when it matters and when the chips are down.

Also, I'm not sure how much longer his career has got to run - and he certainly won't want to end his boxing days with defeat in this huge fight.

That attitude will make him dangerous, but having said all of that, I fancy Froch to come out on top.

He has the momentum behind him and, if the fight comes down to sheer toughness, which I think it might, I reckon Froch will just edge it.

back to top

Other Boxing Experts:

Latest Posts in Boxing:

Johnny Nelson

The best of friends

It will be tough but Johnny Nelson expects mates Anthony Crolla and John Murray to serve up a classic....

Glenn McCrory

Manny happy returns

Manny Pacquiao is back to his best and could yet get it on with Floyd Mayweather, says Glenn McCrory....

Johnny Nelson

Delighted for DeGale

James DeGale's Matchroom switch is the perfect move to get him back in the mix, says Johnny Nelson....

Latest News RSS feeds

Crolla wins bloody battle

Anthony Crolla won the battle of Manchester with a stunning 10th round stoppage victory over John Murray.

Quigg demolishes Munyai

Scott Quigg defended his WBA super-bantamweight title with a brutal second-round stoppage victory over Tshifhiwa Munyai.

Munroe quits after defeat

Josh Warrington defended his Commonwealth featherweight title by forcing veteran Rendall Munroe to retire.

Another KO win for Smith

Callum Smith retained his WBC International super-middleweight title with a stoppage victory over Francois Bastient.

Munyai wins battle with scales

Tshifhiwa Munyai required two visits to the scales before making weight for his WBA title fight against Scott Quigg.

Features

Fight Night - Live!

Fight Night - Live!

Re-live a great night in Manchester as Scott Quigg won in style and Anthony Crolla beat John Murray.

Ringside Toe 2 Toe

Ringside Toe 2 Toe

We catch up with Scott Quigg, James DeGale and battling buddies Anthony Crolla and John Murray.

World P4P rankings

World P4P rankings

We assess the current state of world boxing and pick our 10 best fighters on the international scene.