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Promoters begin Froch v Kessler talks

ESPN staff
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Eddie Hearn, Carl Froch's promoter, has sounded out Kalle Sauerland, who looks after Mikkel Kessler, over a bout between the two fighters.

Froch crushed Lucian Bute last weekend to claim the IBF super-middleweight crown, and afterwards signalled his intention to avenge the defeat he suffered against Mikkel Kessler - the first of his professional career - in April 2010.

Now Hearn has set the wheels in motion as he aims to deliver the battle his client desires. ''I spoke with Kalle yesterday and it's pretty clear everyone wants the fight," Hearn told World Boxing News.

"Carl wants to avenge that defeat and what a huge fight that would be. His profile has risen to another level and Froch v Kessler II is a mouthwatering prospect. There is the argument that Carl should make an easier defence but knowing him I can't see that happening!"

However, there is the rematch clause in the original Froch-Bute contract that is complicating matters: Froch is obliged to travel to Montreal to face the former IBF king.

''We have a rematch clause in our contract which has to be exercised within four to six months and we would be happy to make the trip to Montreal to honour that," Hearn said.

"Obviously Lucian would need a fight before that and that's unlikely this will happen within the timeframe. The most likely scenario now is that we will both have an interim fight and then look for a potential rematch next spring.

"As champion that option would be transferred through to our opponent so Lucian would get a shot either way. We will speak with Interbox this week and map out a plan with them."

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