Carl Froch admits that he is ‘gunning for revenge’ after a re-match with Mikkel Kessler was confirmed.
Kessler’s points victory over Nottingham-born Froch in Denmark two years ago was his first career loss and Froch has been desperate to re-dress the balance ever since.
Both parties have appeared willing to strike a deal, but a deadline of Tuesday was set before Adonis Stevenson automatically became a mandatory challenger to Froch’s IBF crown.
However, that outcome was avoided when Froch – along with promoter Barry Hearn – confirmed an agreement has been reached for a re-match, to be held in the UK.
The 35-year-old admitted he could not wait to finally get back into the ring with Kessler again and promised a mouth-watering clash for boxing betting fans.
"First and foremost, I'm really pleased the fight has finally been arranged," said Froch. "I feared that Kessler had second thoughts about his promise - but the man has come good on his word.
"Our first fight was pure warfare. We went at each other for every minute of every round and the rematch promises to be even more fiercely contested.
"I seriously wish I was ringside myself for this fight, because I'm gunning for revenge at all costs and the fight fans are in for a real treat.”
Though the fighting talk will no doubt continue until the fight, Froch was also keen to praise his opponent, adding:
"He is a class act both inside and outside the ropes. We are cut from the same cloth and we will be friends yet again after the fight.”
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