Carl Froch – The Unluckiest Man In Boxing
December 10, 2009
The Super Six tournament has thrown up more than its share of shocks. Although a few people suspected that Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KO) might give Jermain Taylor (28-4, 17 KO) a beating, surely nobody envisaged Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KO) getting handily beaten by the comparatively raw Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KO). The Ward result was particularly shocking, as Kessler was pretty much everybody’s tip for winning the whole damn tournament.
The Ward-Kessler result leaves Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KO) in a dreadful position. Surely the idea of facing a humiliated Kessler, looking for a big win to get his career back on track, is about as appealing a prospect as a raunchy night in with Susan Boyle. To make it even worse for the Nottingham fighter, Kessler won’t even be bringing his old WBA Super Middleweight title with him, leaving only Froch’s WBC title on the line.
How frustrating must that be? Froch, himself the lucky recipient of a controversial decision against Andre Dirrell (18-1, 12 KO), really fancied his chances against the Dane, who he feels will stand there and trade with him. But now he has to fight him in Copenhagen, Kessler’s backyard, for nothing but respect. If Froch beats Kessler, people will shrug their shoulders and go “Meh, I knew Kessler was washed up”, if Froch loses to the Dane, he’ll face criticism for losing to the guy who got schooled by the new recruit, Ward.
There’s no escaping this, Froch is going to look bad whatever happens, as a matter of fact, the only way he’s going to walk out of this looking good is if he knocks out Kessler in under 5 rounds.
And don’t count on that happening.