London belter live on Saturday
Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler, two of boxing’s hard men, go to battle in a major fight this weekend, aptly titled “Warriors’ Call”.
South African interest will be on the undercard where SA-based Isaac Chilemba fights Tony Bellew in a much-awaited rematch.
SuperSport 5 will cross to London at (9.30pm CAT) on Saturday for live action.
At stake in the headliner will be the IBF and WBA super-middleweight belts in a rematch that has fans frothing at the mouth. Indeed, the 20 000-seat London arena was sold out months ago for potentially the fight of the year.
Three years ago Kessler had the beating of Froch in a 12-round war, but Froch has gone on to better things in the interim, chiefly destroying Lucian Bute last year.
“This is a fight I would happily pay to see if I wasn’t in the ring,” said Froch. “Two of the best super-middleweights in the world will be knocking lumps out of each other.”
Beaten just twice in an illustrious 11-year pro career, Froch is strong and hard-working rather than flash. Kessler is similar, a come-forward fighter with just two defeats in 48 fights.
“It’s the one fight every fan wants to see because you know there will be action,” said the Dane, who has threatened to retire if he loses. “It will be a war from the first bell, no clinching, no holding . . . we’re both coming to fight!”
Froch, too, is talking up his chances: “It’s just going to be as brutal and vicious, but I think as the fight goes on into round eight, nine, 10, then it's the championship rounds, that’s when I can take over, clean him out and knock him out or force a late stoppage.”
BROADCAST DETAILS (all times are CAT, SA, GMT+2)
Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler
SS6, Maximo2 (9.30pm)