Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch: Andre Ward Should Be Next for the Cobra After Win

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Carl Froch of England in action with Mikkel Kessler of Denmark during their Super Middleweight Unification bout at the O2 Arena on May 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Carl Froch avenged one of his two career losses with a thrilling decision victory on Saturday over Mikkel Kessler. Could Andre Ward be next on The Cobra's vengeance path?

Kessler got the best of the IBF Super Middleweight titleholder back in 2010, handing Froch his first defeat as a professional in a WBC championship bout via unanimous decision.

Three years later, Froch was determined to show that he is an improved fighter. It certainly showed. According to BBC Sport, The Cobra put in quite the night, throwing 998 punches, landing 272 blows.

Kessler did his part to make it a memorable fight for fans, landing 178 of his 567 attempts in an intense effort.

In his post-fight interview, Froch indicated interest in a rubber match with Kessler. Via ESPN:

However, with one loss now avenged, Froch should look to seek revenge against Andre Ward. The two super middleweights met back in 2011 in the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament.

Ward scored the victory via unanimous decision, but Froch showed that he belonged in the same ring as the champion, earning plenty of rounds as two judges scored the fight 115-113.

Two years removed from their first bout, the time is now for Froch to get the opportunity to avenge the only other blemish on his record.

Ward is a fighter with few equals in the division. Despite his lack of activity, his 10th-round TKO victory over light heavyweight Chad Dawson showed that he is a true champion of the division.

Ward,who was sitting ringside for the bout, seems keen to the idea:

While there are many who would argue that Ward would still top Froch, we won't know for sure until these two settle it in the ring once again. Between Ward's inactivity and Froch's resurgence as the clear No. 2 fighter in the division, it's a must-see fight that would generate plenty of buzz.