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Kessler vs. Froch: Carl really up against it in this fight

By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) may not have much more time to enjoy the IBF 168 lb. strap that he won against Lucian Bute last year because Froch is facing his former conqueror WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) next month on May 25th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

I think past will be repeated with Froch getting dominated by Kessler again. It’ll be like Kessler on an old shoe because once he gets in there with Froch, it’ll play out just like it did last time with Kessler getting the better of Froch in all the exchanges, and then putting him on the run.

Froch says he’s improved his game since his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Kessler in 2010, but I don’t see how that can be. Froch was beaten by Andre Ward in 2011, and he looked like the same fighter that Kessler beat.

Froch’s wins since that time have come against Lucian Bute and Yusuf Mack. Neither of those fights told us anything about Froch other than he can beat a light heavyweight that had already been exposed countless times, and a super middleweight champion who he took by surprise.

I don’t see any changes in Froch’s game that would suggest that the outcome will be any different for him when he faces Kessler next month. He’s still fighting with his guard down, he still has slow hand speed, and he’s still taking far too many shots to the head.

The only thing that I can see that will be different with the second Kessler-Froch fight is that it’ll be taking place in London, and that could give Froch a HUGE, HUGE advantage. We saw Amir Khan win a fight last Saturday night in Sheffield that many boxing fans felt Khan would have lost had it not taken place in the UK, and we saw Froch win a controversial decision over Andre Dirrell in Nottingham.

Could Kessler be in a situation where he’ll need to KO Froch or give him a real beating in order to get the win? I don’t know but given how the Froch-Dirrell fight played out, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Froch gets dominated and still has his hand raised at the end of the fight.

The sad part about that is I don’t think Froch would turn around and give Kessler a rematch. I mean, Froch didn’t give Dirrell a rematch, even though the American fighter asked for one in a neutral venue. I can see the same thing happening with Kessler. I just hope Kessler brings his own judges with him on May 25th in the form of his fists because he can’t afford to take any chances and end up getting royally jobbed.


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