Froch seeks to settle score with Kessler
Carl Froch (left) is keen to take on old adversary Mikkel Kessler in the future.
Carl Froch only has eyes for old rival Mikkel Kessler as he maps out his fighting future.
The three-time world champion will return to action against a leading contender in November before facing Lucian Bute in an IBF super-middleweight title rematch in Montreal in March 2013. However, his overriding priority is the chance to settle a score with Kessler next summer after the Danish warrior beat him in a close decision two years ago.
Nottingham veteran Froch told Press Association Sport: "The rematch with Kessler is the fight I really want because he's got the win against me on his record and on my record."
He added: "That's something I want to rectify and it's also a big fight for the fans. It's a massive fight for the fans.
"Me and Kessler gel as fighters and it makes for a really good spectacle. That's the fight I want more than anything else, it really is."
Froch tore Bute apart en route to a fifth-round stoppage to claim the IBF belt in May and few expected the Canada-based Romanian to exercise a rematch clause.
However, Bute's team have taken that option and both men will have a fight later this year before doing it again next spring.
Froch - who has garnered huge worldwide respect for his punishing run of fights against elite opposition - is not planning to take an easy voluntary defence now.
"I don't want to fight any stiffs or have any easy fights," he said. "I want to fight someone who is credible. So whoever is in line who is credible, I'll fight.
"But the big one for me, the fight I want, is Mikkel Kessler. Whether it be this autumn or early next year, if it makes more sense to have it at the City Ground (in Nottingham), bring Kessler over here, that would be a massive occasion."
He retired Kessler before, though he lost. I don't for a minute believe Kessler will ever step back in the ring with Froch, well not to fight him that is. like Calzhage, who packed up rather than fight Froch... 'Ok Joe bad mouth him from afar, big deal, Kessler knows better than mix with the Cobra.
Ward is number one, Froch still top 3, no two ways about that.