Froch sets sights on Kessler
IBF champion insists Kessler revenge remains the target
Last Updated: 06/07/12 1:00pm
Carl Froch: Looking to gain revenge against Mikkel Kessler
Carl Froch insists the chance to gain revenge over Mikkel Kessler remains his overriding priority as he maps out his future in the ring.
The 35-year-old from Nottingham made a huge statement in his last outing as he became a world champion for the third time by dismantling Lucien Bute in a stunning five-round stoppage.
Froch is now looking to return to action against a leading contender in November before facing Bute in a contracted rematch in Montreal in March 2013.
But it is the opportunity to avenge his defeat at the hands of Kessler two years ago that motivates Froch more than any other fight.
"The rematch with Kessler is the fight I really want because he's got the win against me on his record and on my record," Froch declared.
"That's something I want to rectify and it's also a big fight for the fans. It's a massive fight for the fans.
"Me and Kessler gel as fighters and it makes for a really good spectacle. That's the fight I want more than anything else, it really is."
After Bute's team exercised their option for a rematch, both fighters will take a fight before meeting again next spring.
But Froch - who has garnered huge worldwide respect for his punishing run of fights against elite opposition - insists he will not be looking for an easy first defence of the IBF super-middleweight title he took from Bute in such devastating style.
No easy fights
"I don't want to fight any stiffs or have any easy fights," he continued. "I want to fight someone who is credible. So whoever is in line who is credible, I'll fight.
"But the big one for me, the fight I want, is Mikkel Kessler. Whether it be this autumn or early next year, if it makes more sense to have it at the City Ground, bring Kessler over here, that would be a massive occasion.
"It would be fantastic and a chance for me to set the record straight in terms of that defeat."
Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn has no doubt the Kessler fight will happen, adding: "I think if I looked at mapping out Carl Froch's next three fights from a financial and career-prolonging point of view, I would take a top-10 defence this autumn, perhaps at the Nottingham Arena, then fight Bute in Montreal and go and do a job on him again, then in the summer have a big outdoor fight with Kessler.
"That Kessler fight will happen, 100%. Whether it's October or spring or summer, that fight will happen. It's too good a fight not to happen.
"It's just a case of getting all the financial details in place and making sure both boys are happy. Carl is a lot easier to deal with in that respect than Kessler but they have both got their demands, their numbers that they think they are worth.
"It's a huge fight which we know will sell out every stadium in the country.
"It's probably going to sell out every football ground in the country. When you've got that kind of interest and that kind of money involved it is a fight that has to happen."