Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Froch to face Kessler in Denmark

Reigning WBC World Super Middleweight Champion and Super Six stalwart Carl Froch’s achievements have been recognised following an incredible 12 months for the Nottingham man. Froch is celebrating having won a hat trick of awards over the past week but “The Cobra” insists that 2010 will be even bigger promising fans that, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”. Froch has been feted by the British Boxing Board of Control as their Boxer of the Year while the sports governing body in Britain also honoured Froch for his part in their Fight of Year (his thrilling win over Jean Pascal last December to win the WBC title). There was further good news for the unbeaten 32-year-old last week when he was voted as the BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year for 2009 having been chosen as the winner by viewers and listeners to the BBC in the East Midlands. “Last year was great, this year’s been fantastic and next year’s going to be even better,” said Froch who also received confirmation over the weekend that his next Super Six outing against Danish superstar Mikkel Kessler will take place in April. Froch’s promoter Mick Hennessy revealed, “We’ve confirmed a date of April 17th for the Kessler fight. It will take place in Denmark and will be on at around 10pm in the evening U.K. time which is great news for British fight fans. It’s going to be an absolutely massive event and it should attract a huge audience. “It’s an incredible fight between two of the World’s best and most exciting fighters. Carl proved with that sensational KO over Jermain Taylor that he can go into the lions den and beat the very best in the World and I’ve no doubt he’ll prove that again against Kessler. “Carl’s been outstanding over the last 12 months. He’s had three massive fights in a row against Jean Pascal to win the title, a sensational knockout against Jermain Taylor in the U.S. to retain it and then opening his Super Six account by handing Andre Dirrell his first defeat. He’s shown the kind of mental and physical toughness in those fights that I don’t think any other British fighter in recent times has possessed.” Froch’s thrilling WBC title win over Canadian star Pascal kept fans at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham and the millions watching live on ITV1 on the edge of their seats as the two men put their undefeated records on the line in a toe to toe classic. Froch ultimately prevailed to celebrate a magnificent points victory that will live long in the memory of all those who saw it. Clearly it impressed the voting panel on the BBB of C with the bout earning their Fight of the Year award. The Nottingham man also received the Boxer of the Year award having followed up his thriller with Pascal with a stunning final round win over former Undisputed Middleweight champ and marquee U.S. name Jermain Taylor. The dramatic win was made all the more impressive by the fact that Froch’s dramatic win came on the road at the Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut as he showed American fight fans just why he has a growing reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. Froch’s win over Taylor secured his place in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, a ground breaking new tournament that is revolutionising the sport. In his opening bout in the Super Six in October Froch was back home in Nottingham to hand touted American Olympic medallist Andre Dirrell the first defeat of his pro career in another successful WBC title defence. This years BBB of C’s awards ceremony in London last week also celebrated the centenary of the prestigious Lonsdale belt, the prize awarded to all British title holders and a belt which Froch won outright himself back in 2006 following his third successful defence of the British Super Middleweight title.


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