Froch vowing that he won’t let up on Kessler in their rematch
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch thinks he’s figured out what he did wrong the last time he fought Mikkel Kessler three years ago and he’s vowing not to make the same mistakes when he faces Kessler in their rematch next month on May 25th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Froch figures that he made the mistake of backing off when he had Kessler in the pocket and he thinks he would have been better off just staying put and letting his hands go.
Froch said to thisisnottingham.co.uk “Last time I was throwing wild bombs and standing back and admiring them. There will be none of that this time around. Once I get Kessler on the hook, I’m going to reel him in.”
Froch’s game plan for the rematch is a simple one. Froch thinks that if he throws extended combinations like he did in his win over IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute last year in May then he’ll be able to take Kessler out or at the very least give him a beating and earn a 12 round decision. I guess from Froch’s perspective what worked well against Bute will work well against Kessler in the rematch.
I hate to be the one to rain on Froch’s parade but that’s not how it goes. What worked against Bute will only work against him. Kessler is a completely different fighter altogether and if Froch tries the same bit against him next month I have a feeling that Froch is going to end up on the canvas wondering where he’s at.
There’s a reason why Froch had to back off of Kessler each time they had any kind of exchanges and that’s because Kessler was getting the better of the action. Froch didn’t back off because he wanted to it; he backed off because he HAD to in order to save his backside.
Had Froch stayed put and tried to unload a 12-punch combination against Kessler, Froch would have gotten only part way through before Kessler decked him. It would be too easy for Kessler because his punches would be landing while most of Froch’s should would be blocked or ducked.
I’m not impressed with Kessler’s talent compared to some of the other fighters in the super middleweight division, but he’s clearly a level above Froch and he’s got his number. I hope for Froch’s sake he doesn’t come out with a primitive game plan like the one he’s been talking about because it’ll go badly for him if he tries that. It’ll be just like how Kessler handled pressure fighter Librado Andrade with Kessler totally dominating the much slower Froch the same way Kessler easily beat Andrade in 2007.