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Froch vs Kessler II: Joe Calzaghe backing press rival Froch to get revenge

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Joe Calzaghe believes Carl Froch will get a measure of revenge this Saturday against Mikkel Kessler, when the two face off in London.

Scott Heavey

Citing injuries, inactivity, motivation, and location, Joe Calzaghe says he's picking old press rival Carl Froch to beat Mikkel Kessler in their rematch this Saturday.

"Kessler's been very inactive, he's only had three fights in three years since their last fight which was a war. Kessler edged that fight but since then Mikkel has been very inactive, which is going to tell. He's got a lot of problems with injuries and Froch, although he's just the older guy, he's been on the up with some great wins against Bute and so on.

"He's confident and of course he wants revenge. The big thing is, when somebody is fighting the rematch, the guy who wants revenge has always got that little bit extra to try and prove themselves. And the biggest thing is he's boxing in London, so he's fighting at home with the crowd behind him."

Calzaghe, who retired after a career-ending trio of wins over Kessler, Bernard Hopkins, and Roy Jones Jr in 2007-08, has basically the same view as Hopkins, who is also picking Froch to win, as is Andre Ward. So Froch has Calzaghe, Hopkins, and Ward favoring him, while Kessler has Brian Magee. That's an unfair battle.