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Froch out to slay Viking warrior

WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is preparing to face 10,000 hostile fans when he meets local favourite Mikkel Kessler in Herning, Denmark.

The bout, on April 24, is part of the second round of the Super Six Classic tournament.

"Kessler is an old-school warrior and he wants to win the Super Six and not take an early bath," said Froch, who is making the third defence of the WBC belt he claimed by beating Jean Pascal just over a year ago.


"He has all the advantages. He's at home, the crowd will be on his side and he knows defeat means the end of his Super Six dream, but I've proved I can go to a fighter's backyard and pull off a big win."

The Nottingham fighter, winner of all his 26 fights to date, defended his title in the US last April, when he overcame a points deficit to score a dramatic last-round win over Jermain Taylor.

"As the champion, I will prove that I can fight and beat the best anywhere," said Froch. "I am looking to be the first fighter to take out Kessler before the final bell."

Last November, Kessler was beaten in the Super Six Classic by American Andre Ward and in the process surrendered his WBA belt.