Punch combinations key for Froch to force Kessler’s boxing retirement
Added spice has been added to the anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler as the travelling Dane has vowed to retire from boxing if he does not repeat his victory from 2010.
Kessler landed the spoils by unanimous decision in the inaugural meeting in Denmark and Froch has always indicated that the outcome would have been different if he was the one with home advantage.
Froch, who will be defending his IBF super-middleweight belt, gets his wish in London on May 25th and is priced up by Coral as the 1/2 favourite to get his revenge and triumph in the title unification bout.
It is the Brit who certainly comes into the fight in the better recent form, with promising KO victories over Lucian Bute and then Yusef Mack.
Kessler has not been as active since beating Froch as he has had some injury issues and the feeling is that his level may have dipped slightly, even if he has stopped Allan Green and Brian McGee in the past 12 months.
Looking back at the first fight, Froch did appear to clearly hurt Kessler, but was perhaps guilty of throwing two many big single punches, rather than looking for combinations, which may have allowed the reigning WBA champ to edge some tight rounds.
Froch has said much of the same himself in terms of landing one punch at a time and in the rematch is intending to adopt a similar strategy to that which saw him won his current title from Bute a year ago.
But whether a one size fits all approach of six or even 12-punch combinations work against Kessler remains to be seen, especially as the 6/4 underdog has everything to lose if he is prepared to hang up his gloves with defeat.