The Cobra Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on May 23, 2013
The Cobra Meets the Press
“It’s going to be vicious. It’s going to be brutal. It’s going to be getting nasty in there.”

Carl Froch was his usual outspoken self. A tad less pugnacious than in the past, he still doesn’t suffer fools gladly…

In anticipation of the rematch between IBF super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) and WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs), the two fighters met with the press to discuss Saturday’s fight.

Froch was his usual outspoken self. A tad less pugnacious than in the past, he still doesn’t suffer fools gladly. When told that Kessler said he had an A, B, C and D plan going into the fight, The Cobra scoffed, “I don’t know about any A, B, C, D plan, but I think it’s ridiculous. You can change your game depending on what you’re opponent’s doing anyway. I mean, if you’re a top fighter and somebody’s pushing you back and trying to fight you, then you’ve got to go and you get behind your jab, if you can. If not, you’ve got to stand and meet him.

“I think plan A for every fight is to out-jab your opponent, hit your opponent with shorter range and not get hit back. That’s always plan A. And then plan B comes when you need to stand aside. The plan A, B, C, D—all these plans is kind of rubbish. I think I’m going to do it the way we just did it, which means just hitting him with more shots and getting hit as little as possible, simple as that really.”

Froch’s last fight with Kessler was a losing effort in April 2010 at MCH Messecenter in Herning, Denmark. His title winning fight in May 2012 against Lucian Bute, who Froch describes as a “mentally broken man,” was in Nottingham Arena, Froch’s backyard. Saturday’s rematch will be in London’s 02 Arena.

“I think being at home or being away from home affects you,” Froch said. “If you’re away from home it can affect you a little bit negatively. And being at home affects you in a positive way because you’re rewarded for the work you do. I’m going to relish in that and take that with a positive because when I’m letting my shots go and landing and backing him up, the crowd will be erupting and going crazy as opposed to hearing a pin drop.”

Moving from the personal to the pugilistic, Froch described how he thinks the fight will evolve.

“I think we’re going to both stick behind our jab and try and win the battle of the jabs early on because that’s what any sensible boxer does. If he comes out and tries to steamroll me or vice versa, you’re in big danger of walking into a shot, so that will be a silly tactic. But it won’t be long before we’re in punching range trying to prove a point, trying to send in a message, trying to let the judges and everybody know that ‘ I’m here to win this fight,’ or that’s the way that I’m going to be doing it anyway.

“I think give it two or three rounds— touchy feely if you like—but I’m going to be sending in big shots like against Bute early on. It just depends on how he responds. I know he likes to come out and take us into the ring and try and back his opponents up. That’s what he did to me in the first fight because I was flatfooted and I was tired. I was letting him throw the right hand to the body. But this is going to be totally different. It’s going to be none of that this time. He’s going to be shocked. People are going to be shocked.”

There has been very little trash talk in the lead up to the fight. Whether that’s a refreshing change or big disappointment is for you to decide.

“ We’re both fighters and we’re both manly men,” explained Froch, “and we’re both honest, genuine, down to earth people. We’re both very tough, we can both fight, we can both box a bit, and we both want the same end goal. So it’s going to be vicious. It’s going to be brutal. It’s going to be getting nasty in there. But there’s no real hatred. It’s just in the love in the name of a good honest working-class sport called boxing, the sport I love.”

The Froch-Kessler rematch will be broadcast live this Saturday on HBO from London’s 02 at 6:00 PM/ET and 3:00 PM/PT, with an encore presentation at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

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  1. Mike Casey 05:54am, 05/24/2013

    Awful, Ted. Back in the seventies, I used to walk up that road past the barracks on my way home from work. But yes, you are quite right about Carl and Mikkel, and Frochy has since retracted the remark - it was unbecoming of a good man like him.

  2. Ted 05:21am, 05/24/2013

    Last paragraph is why I like these two guys. They are both honest men.

    Mike, that thing in Woolwich is beyond belief. What a terrible crime on an innocent soldier. Send these swine over here so we can put them out of their misery.

  3. Mike Casey 03:25am, 05/23/2013

    Well, Robert, it appears the trash talking has come late, but come anyway. Froch has apparently declared that he want to kill Kessler and do him serious damage. I don’t quite know how you can do someone serious damage AFTER killing them, but let’s not get pedantic about it. I know it’s boxing, but I’m not really in the mood for this tiresome crap after seeing a soldier getting his head hacked off in my hometown of Woolwich yesterday.

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