The highly anticipated Super Middleweight bout between Britian’s Carl Froch and Denmark’s Mikkell Kessler takes places this weekend at London’s O2 Arena. The bout is a rematch, and the books have Froch a comfortable (-225) favorite over Kessler, who sits at (+185), which is interesting because Kessler won a Unanimous Decision the first time out. Kessler has a fantastic 46-2 record with his only two losses coming at the hands of top fighter Andre Ward and future hall of famer Joe Calzaghe, so catching Kessler as an underdog may be very enticing to some bettors.
Kessler is on a four fight winning streak since dropping his WBA World Title to Andre Ward in California. Those four wins include the UD win over Froch, as he has been building back up his status. When he lost to Ward, he was rated the #1 Super Middleweight in the world, and was the favorite in the SHOWTIME Super Six Tournament eventually won by Ward.
Froch was in that tournament as well, and he lost fights to both Kessler and Ward in that series. Since then however, Froch has been extremely focused and he received a lot of kudos for his 5th round dismantling of top rated Lucian Bute. Froch looked at his best condition wise in falling short against Ward, and he has built on that peak to make another run at the top. With his win over Bute, Froch has crept into some of the pound for pound lists.
The first match between Kessler and Froch was in Denmark, while this rematch is programmed for the 02 Arena in England. A match between competitors matched this closely can turn on something like the home field advantage. Froch should have an enthusiastic backing with the British public.
In their first outing, Kessler outworked Froch, throwing over 200 punches more throughout the fight and landing at a better percentage, and Kessler has maintained his excellent conditioning in subsequent wins.
Froch will be looking to take Kessler out, something that has never been done before. If not, he has his improved conditioning to try to keep pace with Kessler.
With the fanatics in England weighing in at the sport books, and with Kessler not having a betting following, he might be worthy of a value bet. Regardless, it should be an entertaining fight for the viewers, and the line is a lot more competitive than in most boxing matches nowadays.