Hearn: It’s 70-30 Froch-Kessler 2 will happen at London’s O2 Arena in May
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn feels confident that his fighter IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch will be facing WBA super middleweight champ Mikkel Kessler in a rematch in late May at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Speaking with the thesun.co.uk, Hearn said “We are getting closer. I would say the fight is 70-30 likely to happen.”
That of course means exactly zero because Kessler has the offer and he hasn’t said a word. Him and his team at Sauerland are still considering it and if they’re wise they’ll shoot it back to Hearn and Froch, telling them to sweeten the deal by switching the venue to outside of the UK and raising the 2 million pound offer to 4 million.
Kessler makes really good cash it is, so it’s not as if the money he would make for the Froch rematch would be life changing cash. Kessler can get good cash fighting bums in Denmark. He doesn’t need to go to the UK, fight for a little more money in a hostile environment. Forget that. I don’t see there being anything to really consider.
The answer would be ‘NO’ if I were Kessler’s promoter. They need to give Kessler the lion share of the cash, change the venue, and then we’re talking. I’m sure they can have the fight staged in a neutral country like Germany and sell out the O2 World Arena in Berlin. All they’d have to do is stick a couple of well-known German based fighters like Arthur Abraham or Felix Sturm on the card, and they’ve pack the arena no problem.
Kessler already beat Froch three years ago in the Super Six tournament in Denmark. Froch badly wants a rematch because he feels he can beat Kessler in the UK. I don’t think Froch can beat Kessler in any country in the world, but I do think Froch can win a controversial decision in the UK like he did over Andre Dirrell in 2010, which is why I think Kessler’s promoter needs to say no to the idea of his fighter Kessler fighting there unless they bump up the offer times two. If Froch will accept less money then it’s a doable fight. Heck, Froch says he badly wants the fight, so if he wants it that bad, and he feels that confident he can win, then he needs to take the smaller money in order to get the rematch.