Froch: I will kill Kessler, if I have to
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) reportedly went WAY overboard in trying to hype his fight with WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) for Saturday night by saying he’s ready to kill Kessler if he has to.
Froch seemed really agitated at the press conference, like he had come unglued for some unknown reason. Whether it’s real or just staged aggression isn’t clear, but what is clear that Froch’s comments may end up leading to disciplinary action from the British Boxing Board of Control.
Froch said this as quoted by the telegraph.co.uk “On Saturday night, if I have to, I will kill this f*****. I will kill him. It sounds brutal, it sounds horrible, but that is what this means to me…And when I am smashing his face in, I am going to go for the kill, I am going to go for the finish.”
Okay, Froch, we got your message. Man, I think Froch is starting to go off the deep end with hyping this fight. I wonder if the pay per view sales for the fight on Sky Box Office has been less than what they had hoped for.
Asking boxing fans to pay 15 quid for this fight is a bit much, especially for a rematch where the fight is basically just a contest to find the #2 fighter in the super middleweight division. It’s not as if the winner of the Froch-Kessler II fight will be crowned the #1 fighter at 168, because that honor rests with WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who’s whipped both of them.
Froch seems to have taken his previous loss to Kessler from 2010 really hard because he’s been talking about the fight ever since, year after year, blaming it on an ash cloud that briefly delayed his trip to Denmark to face Kessler.
How a tiny delay could lead to Froch losing the fight is something I’ve never quite understood in my mind, because if you’re better than another fighter, being delayed one or two days isn’t going to lead to you losing the fight.
As far as Froch talking about killing Kessler goes, I just hope the referee is a good one because I’d hate to see Froch go wild in the ring and start body slamming Kessler like he did to Andre Dirrell when the talented American came to Nottingham to fight Froch. I’ve never seen a fighter get away with as many fouls as Froch did in that fight, and the saddest part of all was that Dirrell was the one that ended up losing a point in the fight instead of Froch. I hope the referee on Saturday isn’t asleep at the wheel because Froch could actually hurt Kessler if he turns into a primitive in the ring and starts mixing in fouls to get the job done instead of sticking to the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.
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