Froch-Kessler 2 = the battle of Ward’s victims
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s interesting to see all the hype that’s now being done about the May 25th Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch II rematch right now because what we’re really looking at here is a kind of consolation bracket of sorts where the losers from fights against the talented American Andre Ward will now face each other with the chance of getting another fight against Ward for the winner.
Froch was whipped by Ward in December 2011 in the finals of the Super Six tournament, whereas Kessler was totally dominated by Ward in 2009 in an 11th round technical decision win. What’s interesting about Ward’s win over Froch is that Ward did it fighting with a fractured left hand for the entire fight and yet he was still able to school Froch.
Ward went into the fight with a fractured left hand that he injured during training, but instead of postponing the fight and then hearing the cries from a lot of fans, Ward stuck it out and still dominated Froch.
What’s going to be really interesting to see is if the winner of the Froch vs. Kessler 2 fight will choose to fight Ward or will they instead look to go in another direction towards someone like Lucian Bute.
I find it kind of interesting to see how these two beaten fighters, Froch and Kessler, will do against each other. They’re better than most of the fighters in the super middleweight division right now, and the only ones besides Ward that we really don’t know about are Andre Dirrell, Anthony Dirrell, Thomas Oosthuizen, Edwin Rodriguez, and Adonis Stevenson. Those are the contenders we really don’t know how Kessler and Froch would do against them. Froch has a controversial decision over Andre Dirrell in 2009, but many boxing fans feel that Dirrell was jobbed in that fight that took place in Nottingham, England.
I really hope to see the Kessler-Froch II winner agreeing to take on Ward so that we can repeat the cycle again. Ward is so good that he could go to Denmark or the UK and beat either of these guys just as bad, if not worse, than he did last time he fought them. I mean, I’m hoping the Kessler-Froch winner agrees to fight Ward immediately afterwards but I’m not counting on it happening. I think Ward is considered off limits now, and I believe we’ll hear all kinds of excuses for why the winner can’t fight him.