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Froch: Legacy on ropes unless I crush Kessler

Carl Froch will go toe-to-toe with conqueror Mikkel Kessler tonight determined to overturn his 2010 defeat by the Dane.

The 35-year-old IBF super-middleweight champion meets WBA title holder Kessler in a rematch of their thrilling war in Denmark three years ago, in which the home fighter edged a unanimous decision after 12 brutal rounds. Since then, Froch has embarked on a superb run of form against elite opposition, becoming a three-time world champion by beating the likes of Arthur Abraham and Lucian Bute.

Tonight, he has the chance to effectively erase the blot on his record against Kessler.

"It's definitely about securing my legacy," Froch said. "We talk about legacy but he's one of the only two fighters to win a decision against me and it was in a close fight that could have gone either way.

"It's the biggest night of my life and my career so far because it's going to bring my whole career to a pinnacle."

Froch (30-2, 22KOs) added: "It's a rematch against the man who inflicted my first career defeat and it means so much to me."

Kessler this week spoke of his urge to prove his original win over Froch was no fluke.

The 'Viking Warrior' retired due to a serious eye injury shortly after beating Froch but with time the problem healed and Kessler is just grateful to be back in the ring.

"I thought I was finished but I fought my way back," said Kessler (46-2, 35KOs). "I'm coming away from home to defend my WBA title and win a new one as well so it's twice as good. That's why I'm back."


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