Froch and Kessler set for mouth-watering unification bout with 4m prize pool
19:01 GMT, 20 December 2012
Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will share a staggering 4million pot when they clash for a second time in a mouthwatering unification showdown next year.
The bout is likely to take place at the O2 in London in May, although the Manchester Arena, which last month hosted Ricky Hatton's comeback fight, has not been ruled out.
And such is the scale of the fight, Sky Sports are expected to be convinced to return to pay-per-view for the first time in almost two years after David Haye's limp defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg last summer.
Momentous: Carl Froch (left) will face Mikkel Kessler with a 4m pool
Froch narrowly lost to Kessler in the Super Six tournament two years ago in Denmark and the 35-year-old has been desperate to avenge the defeat ever since.
The IBF super-middleweight world champion hopes victory over the Dane will set him up for another rematch with American star Andre Ward as he bids to put right the only two losses on his record.
Quids in: The fight is so big that Sky will return to pay-per-view
Lucian Bute, who lost his world title to Froch in May, wants his own rematch but is prepared to step aside to allow his conqueror to face Kessler.
The Canadian will continue his comeback from the brutal defeat in Nottingham by having a warm-up fight in the meantime.
Kessler, 33, became a world champion for the fifth time earlier this month when he stopped Northern Ireland's Brian Magee on home soil and will put his WBA belt on the line against Froch.