Froch exclusive: Adonis Stevenson would get blitzed
Mikkel Kessler's deafening silence has troubled fight fans over the last month.
After initially declaring that he wanted to fight Froch again, his promoters have been telling the media that they'd rather take on Andre Ward for the full WBA title, but that little escape route has now been sealed up, after the unbeaten Oakland fighter pulled out of his scheduled Kelly Pavlik fight and then went under the knife yesterday to remedy a troublesome shoulder injury.
Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn has gone on record at the fact that he has tabled a deal worth circa £2m to the 'Viking Warrior' to honour a rematch with Froch within the UK - and has even underlined a 3rd bout option with Kessler in neutral territory, should the outcome of their 2nd bout be debated.
But still we hear nothing from Team Kessler and can only hope they're still negotiating and have genuine intent of making the fight.
But in stark contrast, Carl Froch's mandatory challenger, Quebecer Adonis Stevenson has been sounding off that it's the fight he is craving and his promoter GYM have also signalled that they are willing to trump Hearn's UK fight offer, with one of their own, to bring 'The Cobra' to Canada.
With exciting victories over their two biggest stars in Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute, the arrival of Carl Froch in Canada would be a big occaision for Canadian fight fans. To see the man who crushed their boxing idols in the flesh would certainly draw big crowds - and GYM know this.
"I'm finally realizing my goal of a world championship fight, facing a great champion like Carl Froch," Stevenson said about the turn of events. "I know he's had great victories during his career, particularly against two other Quebec fighters, Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute, but I have all of the tools needed to emerge victorious in a great fight. I would obviously like the fight to take place here in Quebec, but I have no problem winning the title in England, if necessary. "
"Carl Froch not only has the obligation to fight Adonis Stevenson," said the president of GYM, Yvon Michel, "but the 'Superman' fight is certainly the most profitable, as well as the best alternative for the champion and his only way to keep his IBF title belt. I know Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, wants this fight to take place in England, and he has also sent an interesting offer for a date in May. From our side, we will rally all of Quebec Nation to get behind us and try to convince the Super Six finalist to come here to defend his crown in March or April. We have also sent a very generous offer for this purpose. He had the opportunity to beat Pascal and Bute at his home in Nottingham. Isn't it his turn to visit us in Quebec?"
Livefight.com caught up with Froch to get his take on the two names currently in the mix:-
"Well, I have unfinished business with Mikkel Kessler. Our last bout was open ended and it will be a great fight for the fans. But despite the initial talk on the rematch, he seems to have cooled his jets on it." Said Froch
"My excellent promoter Eddie Hearn is still working tirelessly on the fight and we should know one way or the other in the next few days what will happen. At the moment I'm just awaiting what happens one way or the other."
Livefight.com asked Froch what he made of Adonis Stevenson and the thought of travelling to Canada to face him in his next fight. We tell Froch how Adonis believes that he can knock out Froch and dedicate the KO to his late trainer, Emmanuel Steward - and that's Froch's style is tailor made for him.
"Is that what he said, that he would knock me out?" said Froch, who suddenly livened up during our conversation.
"Well a Tiger does not lose sleep over the opinion of a sheep - and trust me, Adonis will be a lamb to the slaughter." said Froch
"I wish him no harm, but if he comes to fight then he will be blitzed in a handful of rounds. My opponent's have two choices when they fight me; They can either run, hold and take a decision or they can actually fight and get smashed up.
"With the greatest of respect, Adonis is not a fleet footed fighter - he will come throwing those big bombs and we could have a nice little war, if it is him next of course and not Kessler.
"I do give Adonis respect, he has fought his way to the #1 spot and as everyone knows, I avoid nobody. He has been vocal in demanding the fight and that to me shows he has the appetite for it, which is to be commended. But he would get smoked. End of story."
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has indicated that with the IBF January 15th deadline looming, he will move forwards with Stevenson if the Kessler camp won't commit. Hearn has promised to bring the Stevenson fight to Nottingham for Carl's fans, but if GYM table a huge bid for the fight, well Canadian boxing fans could be in for a treat.
Adonis beats Don George for for the IBF mandatory slot: