Froch: I’m going to stop Kessler inside 9 rounds; he can’t out-box me
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) figures he’s going to beat WBA 168 lb champ Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) this time around when they meet up for their rematch in the next four months. They still haven’t got a concrete date for the fight, but May 25th is the tentative date right now in London, UK.
Froch said to Sky Sports News “I will stop Kessler inside nine rounds. 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.”
Okay, so it looks like Froch sees himself winning no matter what happens in the fight. He thinks he can stop Kessler, and if not he’ll win by a decision. Froch is jabbering about being on the “crest of the wave” business from his wins over Yusaf Mack and Lucian Bute. This is what I was afraid of.
The man has got a couple of easy wins and now it’s planted a crazy notion in his head that he’s going dominate Kessler. He’s got these grandiose beliefs now to where he’s going to either stop Kessler and is totally convinced that he’s going to out-box him, even though Kessler proved without a doubt that he was the better boxer than Froch the last time they fought in 2010.
I really think Froch is one of those fighters who’s better off coming off of a couple of defeats than having won a string of fights, because he seems to have his feet planted a little more firmly on the ground when he’s struggling than when he’s winning and getting cocky.
Froch isn’t going to out-box Kessler in this fight. All you have to do is sit down and watch the previous Froch-Kessler fight and you can see that Froch didn’t have the skills to out-box Kessler in that fight. He really struggled and was even staggered at one point in the fight by Kessler.