Froch-Kessler rematch is on
Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will square off in "one of the biggest fights in world boxing" this year after agreeing an explosive rematch on British soil.
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Nottingham IBF super-middleweight champion Froch suffered a contentious defeat against Kessler as they fought a modern classic in Denmark in 2010.
The veteran has always craved a shot at revenge and promoter Eddie Hearn has delivered arguably the most anticipated fight of 2013 with the two men likely to clash in London on May 25.
"It's on - the biggest fight that can be made in British boxing, and probably one of the biggest fights in world boxing," the promoter said.
"It's all agreed and the date and venue will be confirmed soon.
"I'm delighted to make the fight because the first was an epic battle and Froch-Kessler II will be one for the ages.
"I think it's the biggest feather in my cap as a promoter, bringing a fight like this to the UK. I'm proud to have done it and I'm delighted for Carl, because he deserves it.
"He can now avenge that loss and leave a real legacy for British boxing because I believe he's one of the all-time greats and a win against Kessler will put him right up there."
A specific date and venue will be announced soon with London's O2 Arena on May 25 the most likely.
"First and foremost, I'm really pleased the fight has finally been arranged," Froch said. "I feared that Kessler had second thoughts about his promise - but the man has come good on his word.
"Our first fight was pure warfare. We went at each other for every minute of every round and the rematch promises to be even more fiercely contested. I seriously wish I was ringside myself for this fight, because I'm gunning for revenge at all costs and the fight fans are in for a real treat.
"He is a class act both inside and outside the ropes. We are cut from the same cloth and we will be friends yet again after the fight. But the moment I heard the fight was done on the telephone, I was completely switched on and he was the focus of my mind.
"I can't wait to get back into camp for this one. I've never felt so motivated.
"If Mikkel thinks he saw the best of me in Denmark then he is in for a rude awakening. I give him the utmost respect that he has the guts to board that plane and come collect a serious whooping at the hands of the Cobra - let's bring it on!"
Kessler, whose mother is English, said: "I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time.
"I have the utmost respect for Carl, I feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the most hostile places, just like me.
"Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about and I was ready to do it again.
"Since that first fight, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I don't care where we fight, I said anytime, anywhere!
"I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war."