The following is a blog from Mikkel Kessler ahead of Saturday's fight in London with Carl Froch.
Hello fight fans!
It´s one week until the big fight in London on HBO and let me tell you one thing, I am ready!
I think Froch against me is the most exciting fight in the super-middleweight division.
Carl Froch is warrior like me, we are cut from the same cloth. We will both leave it all in the ring again, just like we did three years ago. There will be no pushing, no holding, no head-butting, we will continue where we left it in our brutal first fight three years ago.
Carl will come to fight. Carl and I have fought all over the world, I´ve been in Wales, Germany, Australia and the US. That´s what true champions do - take the best fights out there against the best opponents...all over the world.
The last time I fought on HBO was when I faced Joe Calzaghe in front of 55.000 fans at Cardiff´s Millennium Stadium. I never got the rematch, although I really wanted it. That is the reason why I give Froch this fight. He came to my place, I won and I promised him we´ll fight again. I am a man of honour and I will stick to my word. It´s only fair to have the rematch in London. The fight sold out in one day - all 18.000 tickets gone in a few hours! That tells you how special the fight in Europe is...
We´ve had a great training camp. I have my own gym in Copenhagen. I can do all the training in there. My physical trainer Thomas Macon makes sure I stay in shape all year around. Jimmy Montoya came over in March to do the boxing training. I love Jimmy, he is one of the best trainers in the world. I´ve known him for a long time. He came up with the game plan to beat Froch in the first fight and we have created something special again this time.
Beating Froch was very big for me. I had just lost the opening fight of the Super Six tournament and a lot of people were doubting me. But I got in there and proved them all wrong. I remember I was surprised by Froch - he was really tough and he got this long arms...and a lot of power. I caught him with a right in the eighth round but he came right back. The last two rounds were insane, we just fought our hearts out and left it all in there. The sell-out crowd was on their feet and I´ll never forget the feeling when my arm was raised. I want to feel the same again on May 25.
It will be a great fight...don´t miss it!
CARL FROCH VS. MIKKEL KESSLER II is presented live from the O2 Arena in London, SATURDAY, MAY 25 (6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT), exclusively on HBO. The fight also has a prime-time replay later the same day at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT).