Arthur Abraham (second from left), Carl Froch (far right)
The fireworks started a little early between bitter rivals Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham. The two will meet on November 27 in a Group Stage 3 fight in Helsinki, Finland for the vacant WBC Super middleweight belt.
Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) is looking to bounce back from a tough disqualification loss to Andre Dirrell last March. Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) is also still smarting from a unanimous-decision defeat at the hands of Mikkel Kessler.
Abraham’s power has some concerned that he’ll be able to end the fight early. Kessler didn’t sound too concerned about it.
“I never ever want to test my chin with anybody,” Froch said. “The best chin is the one that doesn’t get hit. I’ve fought some very strong super middleweights and light heavyweights. I’m not concerned when people say that Arthur’s the biggest puncher I’ve faced. I think his power is overrated, especially at super middleweight.”
In addition to doubting Abraham’s power, Froch also questioned the judges scores in his loss to Kessler. Froch believes he won the fight.
“I lost a very, very close fight. Eighty-five percent of the people thought I won the fight,” Froch said. “And that’s not just Carl Froch fans. That’s people in America and people in England and all the boxing people.”
Abraham, however, accepted his defeat to Dirrell and said he learned and has made the proper adjustments.
“Of course we have tried to learn from the defeat. We have tried to change what we did in practice. The mistake I made against Dirrell was that I gave away the first couple of rounds. That won’t happen again and it’s something we’re looking to change in the next fight.”