Mikkel Kessler: Carl Froch makes same mistakes, never changes

Scott Heavey

Mikkel Kessler isn't buying the hype that Carl Froch is a better fighter than he was when they first met in 2010, saying that Froch makes the same mistakes and fights the same as he did then.

Carl Froch is considered the No. 2 super middleweight in the world today, but he's 0-1 against Mikkel Kessler, and Kessler doesn't feel Froch has gotten better since their first fight in 2010, other than gaining some experience. The two will rematch on May 25 in London.

Here's what Kessler says about Froch:

"He is making a lot of mistakes. I also think that he never changes. A lot of the stuff he is doing, is exactly the same thing he has been doing for years. Of course he has gained some experience with his fights, but essentially he is doing the same things he's always done."

Kessler (46-2, 35 KO) is 3-0 since beating Froch, but he missed a year after that fight dealing with an eye injury, and then sat out a year between beating Mehdi Bouadla and then knocking out Allan Green. He last fought in November, dominating Brian Magee.

Froch (30-2, 22 KO) has gone 4-1 since losing to Kessler, with his second pro loss coming to divisional kingpin Andre Ward, who also has a win over Kessler. His destructive, fifth-round TKO win last year over Lucian Bute made him a clear pick for the No. 2 man in the division.

At 35 and 34, respectively, Froch and Kessler are both unlikely to show anything new in this fight. While Froch may be the same, Kessler had his hands full with Froch before, and I don't think there's any question that Froch has had the better wins since that first fight. Bottom line is, this is a great fight, big, meaningful, and should be action-packed.

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