Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch: Live Round-by-Round Scoring and Analysis
After a hard-fought and action-packed bout, Carl Froch defeated Mikkel Kessler by unanimous decision. Though some worried the hometown fighter (Froch) might get an unfair advantage on the scorecards, the official scores were justified and read 118-110, 116-112, 115-113 for Froch.
Scores were very similar to the first bout, but this time the judges favored Froch. Bleacher Report scored the bout 117-111—or nine rounds to three—for Froch. Compubox stats showed that Froch was the busier fighter, throwing and landing more punches.
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Froch and Kessler both opened up the bout working behind their jabs. Froch seemed to win many of the early rounds, though Kessler put in good body work. The fight was close halfway through as both combatants continued to trade big shots and effectively wobbled each other.
The story of the night was Froch being able to take Kessler’s power punches better. Even though he may have been hurt a few times (as he alluded to in his post-fight interview with Max Kellerman) Froch didn’t overtly show it, which can always affect how spectators react.
Froch was able to weather the storm in Round 11 when it seemed like Kessler was coming on strong. Froch landed good combinations in the final round and comfortably closed the show. The crowd was justifiably pleased with the performance of both fighters.
Froch spoke to Kellerman after the fight and said he felt his work rate was key to his victory. A visibly bruised Froch also admitted that he was hit with too many punches. Looking forward, Froch left a possible third bout with Kessler open for discussion since both men now have one victory.
When asked about a possible rematch with Ward, Froch didn’t seem to jump at the opportunity to call out the true super middleweight champion. Froch said that while he respects Ward and his style, he feels that Ward is simply not an entertaining fighter.
Commentating for HBO, Ward admitted that after defeating Lucian Bute and Kessler in back-to-back fights, Froch is on a good streak and Ward vs. Froch II makes sense.
Kessler stated before the fight that if he lost, he would retire, so it remains to be seen if he keeps his word. With the loss Kessler, drops to 46-3, and with the win, Froch improves to 31-2, avenging one of his two career losses.
Should Carl Froch look to face Mikkel Kessler a third time or seek a rematch with Andre Ward?
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Carl Froch defeats Mikkel Kessler by unanimous decision 118-110, 116-112, 115-113
Round 12, Kessler vs. Froch (Projecting 117-111, Froch)
Froch backing Kessler into the ropes the ref seems to almost jump in. Not sure why. The bell rings! Great fight. We will go to the scorecards.
Froch throwing some big punches trying to close the show.
Kessler throwing a four punch combo. Froch comes back with a hard hook.
Froch up on our cards. We have it 107-102 as does Harold Lederman. How do you have it?
7-4 Kessler needs the KO for me— EBOXINGNEWS (@EBOXINGNEWS) May 25, 2013
Round 11, Kessler vs. Froch (Projecting 107-102, Froch)
Both men trade hooks Kessler having a great round. Landing a lot of clean punches. Froch comes back trying to steal the round.
Kessler starting this round active and landing some good hooks.
And just a note. Chris Byrd likes to say this. It's easier to say "throw more" or "lay it on the line". When you're in the ring, you obviously don't want to throw wildly and get KO'd.
More of the same, Kessler game, but not laying it all out on the line. Froch takes Round 10.
Round 8, Kessler vs. Froch (Projecting 98-92, Froch)
Round 10 and it would seem that Kessler needs to score some knockdowns or a knockout. Can he do it?
I think Kessler needs the KO!— LaceUpBoxing.com (@LaceUpBoxing) May 25, 2013
Round 9, Kessler vs. Froch (Projecting 88-83, Froch)
Both men landing this round. Froch takes the big hits better and comes back with his own.
If Kessler is truly intending to retire if he loses, he needs to let it all hang out right now.
Round 9, Froch up on our card by four points. How do you all see it?
Round 8, Kessler vs. Froch (Projecting 78-74, Froch)
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