“The Cobra” Strikes Back

by Eric Raskin

Carl Froch - Photo: Will Hart

If you look at the result, history reversed itself. If you look at everything else, history repeated itself.

Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler II, fought before a crowd of 19,000-plus frothing Brits at the O2 Arena in London, was another energetic, engaging, occasionally sloppy, never dull, and highly competitive delight. Again, the home-country fighter got his hand raised. We were just in a different country this time.

The script was only flipped when it came time for the ending, as scores of 118-110 from Adalaide Byrd, 116-112 for Carlos Sucre, and 115-113 from Jean-Francois Tupin were announced as being all in Froch’s favor. This pulls Nottingham’s “Cobra” even in the rivalry, with Kessler having won by nearly identical scores (117-111, 116-112, and 115-113) in Herning, Denmark, in their first fight in April 2010.

Read the Complete Froch-Kessler Fight Recap at HBO.com.