Carl Froch wants Mikkel Kessler rematch before facing Andre Ward again
Last Updated: November 23, 2012 8:01am
Froch - I did what I had to
Carl Froch told Ringside that a rematch with Mikkel Kessler would mean more to him than one with Andre Ward.
The two fighters have inflicted the only losses on the Cobra's record to date and both have expressed interest in rematches following the Nottingham boxer's impressive IBF super-middleweight defence against Yusaf Mack last weekend.
Unbeaten Ward won by unanimous decision in New Jersey last December and remains number one in the world rankings, but Froch says a bout with number three-ranked Mikkel Kessler is a higher priority.
He explained he was not at his best for their 2010 clash in Herning and wants the chance to put that right with a huge hometown show next year.
"I think he's experienced enough to not let [home support] bother him, but he owes me a fight in England. I boxed him in his home town in Denmark and he's an honourable man."
Froch said: "Andre Ward is a great fighter. He's an unbelievable fighter who's unbeaten since 12-years-old, he's an Olympic gold medallist, he beat Kessler quite comfortably and he holds that win over me.
"Then you've got Mikkel Kessler, which for me is the bigger fight. It's an entertaining fight and I know 100% I wasn't right when I went into that fight.
"Mikkel Kessler fought the best fight he's ever fought and he's a great fighter. He stands in range and has a fight with you, he'll box and move and he'll stand and exchange. He's not afraid to come forward and let shots go.
"I think he's experienced enough to not let [home support] bother him, but he owes me a fight in England. I boxed him in his home town in Denmark and he's an honourable man.
"We've had the conversation a few times, but he won't be worried about it. He's not scared, he's tough and he believes in himself and he means business.
"He's got Brian Magee to take care of first in December and he's talked about wanting to come. He's said he'll fight any time, anywhere.
"Mikkel Kessler's the big re-match for me, the one that will fill any stadium in the UK. Andre Ward, after that, would be the fight for me to secure my legacy and personally to correct the wrong that happened in Atlantic City that night."