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Carl Froch can't contemplate another defeat to Mikkel Kessler

Updated: Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:17 | Comments

Carl Froch (r): 'If that fight had been in England then there is a big argument to be made that I would have won the fight'
Carl Froch (r): 'If that fight had been in England then there is a big argument to be made that I would have won the fight'

Carl Froch described his rematch with Mikkel Kessler this evening as "the biggest night of my life" as he hopes to avenge his defeat by the Dane three years ago.

The 35-year-old IBF super-middleweight champion meets WBA title holder Kessler in a rematch of their thrilling war in Denmark three years ago, in which the home fighter edged a unanimous decision after 12 brutal rounds.

Froch has the chance to effectively erase the blot on his record against Kessler, the only man other than Andre Ward to have got the better of him as a professional.

"It's definitely about securing my legacy," Froch told Press Association Sport. "We talk about legacy but he's one of the only two fighters to win a decision against me and it was in a close fight that could have gone either way.

"If that fight had been in England then there is a big argument to be made that I would have won the fight. But instead it took place away from home on foreign soil and I didn't get the nod. So it would be nice to rectify that loss and redeem myself, if you like, and set the record straight.

"It's the biggest night of my life and my career so far because it's going to bring my whole career to a pinnacle."

"To lose to Kessler again then I don't know what I'd do. I'd be totally devastated" - Carl Froch

Froch (30-2, 22KOs) added: "It's a rematch against the man who inflicted my first career defeat and it means so much to me.

"To lose to Kessler again then I don't know what I'd do. I'd be totally devastated. This is a fight I need to rectify. Kessler beat me three years ago and I need to win this to redeem myself and secure my legacy as one of the best fighters in the world.

"It is a legacy-securing fight in that sense because a win now cancels out the loss on my record and I can focus on avenging the only other defeat on my record which is the very tricky, horrible, awkward one in Andre Ward."

Kessler this week spoke of his urge to prove his original win over Froch was no fluke.

The 'Viking Warrior' retired due to a serious eye injury shortly after beating Froch but with time the problem healed and Kessler is just grateful to be back in the ring.

"I thought I was finished but I fought my way back," said Kessler (46-2, 35KOs).

"I'm ready. Nothing else matters. I really thought it was over.

"I was finished with my boxing career so I'm grateful to be back here now" - Mikkel Kessler

"I went to what seemed like 6,000 eye doctors who said 'we'll have to see, we may have to operate and it will be all over'.

"I was very sad for eight months until it started healing and when it did I was obviously so happy.

"I was finished with my boxing career so I'm grateful to be back here now."

Both men made the 12 stone super-middleweight at the first time of asking yesterday and Froch boasted a one pound weight advantage, scaling 11st 13lb 9oz while Kessler was 11st 12lb 7oz.

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