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Mikkel Kessler: 'There is going to be death in my eyes'

Mikkel Kessler likes Carl Froch outside of the ring, but says he's coming to lay down some hurt when the two fight for a second time on May 25.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Mikkel Kessler doesn't like to talk trash, and says he even likes Carl Froch personally. But when the two meet in a rematch on May 25 in London, Kessler says there's no room for friendship:

"I like Carl outside the ring. He's a nice guy. The closer it gets to the fight there will be more distance between each other. We're human, but we're going to hit each other hard. You put up a wall in the last week. ... Why do you like to hit another person? That's the sport. That's what I've been doing since I was 13. I like it. Carl likes it also. When you look at each other and you stand in the ring. There is going to be death in my eyes."

Kessler (46-2, 35 KO) beat Froch in a very tight, exciting battle back in 2010, and another good fight is expected when they collide at the O2 Arena. Last time, Kessler had home field in Denmark, and he should still have a strong amount of supporters given his huge popularity at home, but Froch may currently be the biggest and brightest star in UK boxing, and this is going to be a very big fight, with a great atmosphere.

Who do you favor right now? Will Kessler win again, or does Froch get even?

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