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Boxing Preview Analysis: Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler

Nottingham's Carl Froch has the opportunity to put himself firmly in the driving seat of the Super Six Tournament when he makes the third defence of his WBC Super Middleweight Championship against former WBA Champion Mikkel Kessler in Denmark tonight.With rivals Andre Direll, Athur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler having already suffered defeats, this is a great chance for Froch.

It wont be easy however.In Kessler, he meets a two time former champion who, before the tournament began, had only lost once to the now retired Joe Calzaghe.Since that fight Kessler, had regained the WBA title but in his last fight back in November he lost the belt to the tricky Andre Ward on a technical decision.Since winning the WBC title in December, 2008 after an exciting fight of the year slugfest against Jean Pascal, Froch has defended twice.

In his first defence last April, Froch was behind on two of the judge's scorecards before rallying to stop Jermain Taylor seconds from the end. Last time out, "The Cobra" defeated Andre Direll on a split decision over 12 rounds in an uninspiring contest. Had this fight taken place 18 months ago, I would have undoubtedly gone for Kessler to win this. However, much water has run under the bridge since then.

Froch seems to have grown into the role of a champion. Kessler has since been defeated again.Don't get me wrong, this is a tough job for Froch. Like the old adage says, 'you sometimes need a knockout to draw when fighting away from home'.

Froch as champion has defended away from home already and I feel he has enough heart and guts to get through this tough defence but will possibly have to go the distance yet again.

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