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Froch v Kessler II: Nottingham boxer is favourite

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

ODDS:

  • Froch in rounds 1-12 - 5/2
  • Draw - 22/1
  • Kessler in rounds 1-12 - 11/2
  • Froch on points after 12 rounds - 11/8
  • Kessler on points after 12 rounds - 4/1

WEIGHT:

  • Froch - 11st 13.9oz
  • Kessler - 11st 12.4oz

RECORD:

Froch:

  • Fights - 32
  • Wins - 30
  • Defeats - 2
  • Rounds boxed - 219
  • KOs - 68.75%

Kessler:

  • Fights - 48
  • Wins - 46
  • Defeats - 2
  • Rounds boxed - 258
  • KOs - 72.92%

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Froch:

  • IBF super-middleweight champion
  • 2 x former WBC super-middleweight champion
  • Former British, Commonwealth and English super-middleweight champion

Kessler:

  • WBA super-middleweight champion
  • 2 x former WBA super-middleweight champion
  • 2 x former WBC super-middleweight champion

BACKGROUND

Froch's previous fight with Kessler in Denmark in 2010 was considered the highlight of an often lamented Super Six tournament. In 12 hard-fought rounds, Kessler found the strength to overcome The Cobra as he came on top by decision.

It was and still is the high point of Kessler's career, having rebounded from his loss to Andre Ward. On the other hand, Froch decided to blame the volcanic ashcloud in Iceland for disrupting his preparation.

But recent years have been kinder to Froch who, despite also losing to Ward, pulled off the victory of his career against Lucian Bute to regain the IBF super-middleweight title. Kessler has struggled with injuries since and has not been the same since that victory.

As with the build-up to most fights this one has not been without controversy. Froch has accused Englishman George Groves of disloyalty and a lack of patriotism after sparring with Kessler ahead of the fight.

Froch has also been forced to apologise for threatening to kill Mikkel Kessler in their fight.

Andre Ward has tipped Froch to come out on top as has David Haye who is anticipating a close fight.

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