Carl “The Cobra” Froch (31-2, 22KOs) was able to avenge one of only two career losses this past weekend, as he won a thrilling unanimous decision over “The Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler. The hotly contested bout between the two warriors was enhanced by a raucous partisan crowd cheering the hometown favorite Froch at the O2 arena in London, England. With the win, Froch cemented his spot as not only the best Super Middleweight in the world not named Andre Ward, but also as one of the best fighters Pound-For-Pound in the sport. Naturally, the boxing universe is now speculating as to who might be next in line for the 35 year old. We decided to take a stab at it ourselves; Here’s a list of potential opponents who may be crossing paths with Froch in the very near future:
Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35KOs): Trilogies this day in age are a rare occurrence in boxing but one between Froch & Kessler would be welcomed almost unanimously by fans of the sweet science. The first two matchups proved to be extremely close with Kessler of course winning the 1st bout by UD in his home country of Denmark back in 2010. Many felt going into last weekend’s rematch that Froch had surpassed Kessler since their first contest and based on last Saturday’s result in London, you would have to think Froch would be a considerable favorite if they were to meet for a 3rd showdown. The fact that the 34year old Kessler has hinted at retirement plus the difficulty in finding a neutral site for a possible 3rd bout might make the prospect of a trilogy taking place more difficult than anticipated…
Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs): The only non-avenged loss on Froch’s record, Ward is widely recognized as the Super Middleweight Champion of the world and as the best fighter P4P not named Floyd Mayweather. The rematch possibility is intriguing even if Ward won their first fight convincingly. That Super Six Finale back in 2011 took place in Atlantic City and conventional thinking would lead to believe a rematch would have to take place in the United Kingdom in order to entice TV network executives and fans alike. Ward hasn’t fought since September 2012 and probably isn’t willing to go up against Froch in his first fight back from shoulder surgery. Although Ward has not dismissed the idea of traveling to the UK to face Froch, many are skeptical that he’ll agree to it unless the money offered to him is in the high 7 figures…
Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32KOs): The 48year old legendary light-heavyweight titlist Hopkins has emerged as a dark horse candidate for Froch’s next foe. Provided Hopkins wins and escapes unscathed against Karo Murat July 13th, a fight with Carl Froch would make sense on several levels; for one, Hopkins has expressed interest in challenging the offensive minded Froch and would consider going to the UK for the fight (where it would generate more money). Hopkins has showed time and time again throughout his career against the likes of Trinadad, Pavlik and more recently Cloud that he still is the master at neutralizing aggressive-come-forward fighters which is what Froch has been labeled as for most of his career. Froch has displayed better boxing ability of late and many would favor him to stop the defensive wizard Hopkins but the wily veteran would certainly do all in his power to prove doubters wrong once more. The fight would most likely have to be contested at a catch weight of 172lbs or so as Froch does not appear to be willing to move up to 175lbs…
Other potential opponents include a few UK fighters: light-heavyweight titlelist Nathan Cleverly, Super middleweight contenders George Groves and James DeGale...
Jean in Vegas !!!! Training at 50 cents gym.
Just returned from a two week stay in Vegas with former world light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal as he primes for his upcoming confrontation with former world super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute.
In what is promising to be the greatest fight in Canadian boxing history, both Pascal and Bute are preparing hard for their meeting on May 25th here at the Bell Centre in Montreal. While Jean has chosen Las Vegas as his training camp base, Bute has opted for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.
It has been a great camp so far with Jean as he prepares with the help of the great Roy Jones Jr, Luc Vincent Ouellet and Angel Heredia. We spent a lot of time working on skills, conditioning, strategy and biomechanics. Jean has answered remarkably well.
Marc Ramsey and I will rejoin the camp upon our return from Argentina on Monday. As you may know we will be in Argentina for this Saturdays card featuring Sergio Martinez as he defends his title against Andrew Murray of the UK. Marc and I will be in the corner of Antonin Decarie as he is the co-feature this weekend on HBO as he takes on Argentina’s power punching Luis Carlos Abregu for the WBC Silver Championship. Both fights will of course be available in Canada on HBO Canada.
Here is hoping for a great performance by Decarie, who rises to the occasion, and here’s looking forward to a continued great camp for Jean Pascal.
This past Saturday marked a historic moment for us here at Rival.
The beautiful city of Liverpool, England was the backdrop for the WBC Light-Heavyweight Elimination bout between number 1 ranked Tony “Bomber” Bellew and the number 3 ranked contender the “Wildcat”, Isaac Chilemba.
For the first time in our short history, and for the first time on international soil, two boxers faced each other wearing complete Rival attire and the brand new Rival pro fight gloves. As both fighters entered the ring, it was a proud moment for us as the clothes and the gloves looked wonderful.
Bellew kitted out in beautiful blue in honor of his favorite football (soccer) team Everton, and Chilemba in his traditional red and gold looked every bit the world class boxers they are as they prepared for the hostilities.
It was clear that both fighters took pride in what they wore and we were happy and proud to be able to make it happen for them.
Next week, I will be heading south to Las Vegas in order to attend training camp with former light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal as he prepares for his ultimate and massive showdown May 25th against former super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute.
At the time of this writing over 15,000 tickets have been sold for this event, which promises to be the biggest showdown in Canadian boxing history.