Tension builds ahead of Froch-Kessler showdown

Tension builds ahead of Froch-Kessler showdown Credit: PA

Boxer Nathan Cleverly remains hopeful that Carl Froch's fight with Mikkel Kessler tonight can be the springboard to an all-British light-heavyweight showdown.

Froch will put his IBF super-middleweight belt on the line in tonight's rematch with WBA title-holder Kessler, who beat him by unanimous decision after a memorable battle in Kessler's native Denmark.

Should Froch win and decide to step up a weight division, WBO champion Cleverly would await as a potential opponent.

"He's just said he's happy staying at his weight and that he's not big enough to move up. That's his choice but obviously it'd be a great fight if it ever was to materialise." - NATHAN CLEVERLY

Cleverly has inside information on the build-up to tonight's fight, having travelled to Scandinavia to spar with 34-year-old Kessler, and he expects another hard-fought encounter.

"I've got quite a strong idea, I've been out in Denmark sparring with Mikkel Kessler, helping his preparation. It was a great experience, we had some good sparring." - NATHAN CLEVERLY

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