Carl Froch: Kessler fight is 'for my legacy'

Carl Froch (left) and Mikkel Kessler during a press conference at the O2 Arena, London.
Carl Froch (left) and Mikkel Kessler during a press conference at the O2 Arena, London. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Nottingham's IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch says he is more than ready to face Mikkel Kessler and that this fight is crucial for his legacy.

Froch suffered one of his two losses to the Dane in 2010 but believes he is in a better shape this year to face him.

Despite not being able to play in his hometown, Froch says the fact the fight is in England is still a huge advantage for him.

Froch says he has adjusted his style in anticipation of the re-match. One of the main aspects of his fighting style he has changed is his defence due to Kessler 's tendency to counter with the left hook and to put in right punches to the body.

Since losing to Kessler, Froch has won, lost and then won the world title again, memorably winning the IBF belt with a fifth-round stoppage of Lucian Bute in May 2012.

The 35 year-old Froch believes he has already achieved more than enough, fame and money-wise, and that this fight is all about improving his legacy.

Froch has always stated his desire to avenge his two losses (the second against Andre Ward) but Kessler will not prove to be an easy obstacle.

The 33 year-old Dane believes he is at the peak of his powers and believes no one can beat him now.