Cobra recoils at Kessler ‘kill’ jibe

Carl Froch (left) and Mikkel Kessler during a press conference at the O2 Arena, London.

Carl Froch (left) and Mikkel Kessler during a press conference at the O2 Arena, London.

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Carl Froch has apologised on twitter for threatening to “kill” Mikkel Kessler in their IBF super-middleweight fight in London tomorrow – but will still face an investigation by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Froch and Kessler have been friends since their first bout three years ago, which Kessler won on points in Denmark, but Froch’s desire for a revenge win led him to change tune and launch a vicious attack on his opponent.

Froch, nicknamed ‘The Cobra’ had told reporters: “Sorry about the language, but I will kill him. It sounds brutal, it sounds horrible, but this is what it means to me.

“I’m going to leave it in the ring. And when I’m smashing his face in, I am going to go for the kill. I am going to go for the finish.”

The Board’s general secretary Robert Smith said: “Carl’s comments are inappropriate and we are disappointed in them.”

“They are very uncharacteristic from Carl, who is usually a very well-behaved and measured young man.

“We are surprised and disappointed in his comments, however I have spoken to his management team of Rob McCracken and Eddie Hearn and we are looking into it and will deal with it accordingly.”

Smith added: “Being highly strung at the moment is no excuse. Carl is a decent young man and he is well aware that he shouldn’t have said it.”

The bout has caught the imagination of fight fans with Froch out to avenge his defeat at the hands of the tough Danish boxer.

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