BRITISH super-middleweight Carl Froch wants a rematch with Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward after doling out “the whupping of all whuppings” to Lucian Bute.
Froch stopped the previously unbeaten Bute in the fifth round to claim the IBF crown, his third world title, on Saturday night in his native Nottingham.
It marked a resounding return to form following December’s defeat to Ward and prompted Froch to set his sights on avenging that loss or his 2010 reverse against Dane Kessler, who witnessed the demolition of Bute from ringside.
“Mikkel Kessler could be a tasty dust-up in the future – that’s a fight I would take in a heartbeat,” said Frich, who now has 29 wins from 30 fights. “Fighting like that, I’d beat anyone in my weight division. Against Ward, I was a totally different fighter, I had a bad night, but that performance [against Bute] beats Andre Ward. I’d beat anybody, including Andre Ward.”
Canadian Bute has the option of a rematch in Montreal but Froch, 34, said he doubted it would happen.
“I don’t think he’ll want the rematch – I looked in his eyes after round three and I saw something drain from him,” he added. “I don’t think he’ll ever want to fight anyone again, let alone me. That was the whupping of all whuppings.”