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Carl Froch becomes the God of War for Mikkel Kessler rematch

Froch reinvents himself in preparation for Kessler – world champion bids for immortality as boxing's God of War

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:08 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 11 March 2013

There are those who understandably already believe Mikkel Kessler is in for the fight of his life when he meets Carl Froch in a rematch at The O2 Arena on May 25.

That as a tough, established and fearless world champion, Froch already represented the hardest opponent he could have dreamed of and that he was already in some ways taking the form of Kessler's worst nightmare.

Not so. Froch, it seems, has reinvented himself, and no longer is he the toughest of people – he is now an immortal warrior.

Intimidating: Carl Froch, dressed as God of War, already represents a considerable challenge to Mikkel Kessler

Intimidating: Carl Froch, dressed as God of War, already represents a considerable challenge to Mikkel Kessler

The super middleweight has been transformed into Kratos, the leading character from PlayStation game God of War, a transformation Kessler best hope is only temporary.

'They described our first fight as “brutal” and if I was to forecast one word that will probably describe our rematch, then it will likely be “savage”, said Froch when the rematch for their April 2010 fight – which Kessler narrowly edged on points – was announced at the start of February.

Kessler at the time appeared unconcerned, promising 'two warriors going at it from the first bell until the very end, it will be pure action and adrenaline', but this latest appearance from Froch may yet make him feel otherwise.

Weapons at the ready: But Froch will prepare to use little more than his fists in May

Weapons at the ready: But Froch will prepare to use little more than his fists in May

God of War Surely even the 'Viking Warrior' will be no match for Froch

God of War Surely even the 'Viking Warrior' will be no match for Froch

Froch, meanwhile, has insisted he will cement his
reputation as a throwback fighter by claiming revenge Kessler when they clash.

The Nottingham fighter believes the era of unbeaten
champions who reign with padded records must be rendered a thing of the
past if boxing is to re-assert its importance in today's sporting
climate.

He said: 'A lot of people over the
years have built up protected records and taken 35 fights before
fighting good opponents, but that way of promoting fighters is finished.

Carl Froch

Carl Froch

Soft side A smiling Froch greets his two-year-old son, Rocco, with a kiss

'I have fought top opponents fight after
fight. I have not won them all but my name is massive and everyone
respects what I do. People see me as the one who is putting boxing back
on the map.

'You can't con the public by fighting
bums any more. You've got to be involved in 50-50 fights that you could
win or lose. These are fights I want because they give me respect and
honour.'

Froch was speaking at an event to promote the God Of
War: Ascension video game.

Eye of the tiger: Froch is almost unrecognisable once the make up has been applied

Eye of the tiger: Froch is almost unrecognisable once the make up has been applied

Kratos from God of War

Carl Froch

Kratos: The God of War character (left) that Froch's look is based upon

He also did not rule out a third
meeting between the pair.

Froch added: 'I think my defence has improved since I first fought him and I don't stand and trade so much.

'People know they will be witnessing a
brutal act between two genuine warriors who refuse to lie down. I'm sure
once I beat him there will be a good chance of doing it a third time
because it is what people want to see.'

Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler agreed for summer in England

This is one for the ages! Froch lands mega summer fight with rival Kessler in the UK

By
Riath Al-samarrai

PUBLISHED:

12:28 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 15 January 2013

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler have agreed terms for a blockbuster summer rematch in the UK.

The date and venue have not yet been confirmed but the super middleweights are expected to clash on May 25 in London.

Froch suffered his first professional defeat and lost his WBC world title in their previous bout in April 2010, a contentious unanimous decision after a thriller in Denmark.

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Home advantage: Carl Froch will get his chance to exact revenge over Mikkel Kessler in the UK this summer after losing to the Dane in 2010

Home advantage: Carl Froch will get his chance to exact revenge over Mikkel Kessler in the UK this summer after losing to the Dane in 2010

But after a run of fights against the best in the division, he has since picked up and defended the IBF belt, which will be staked in the rematch against the WBA (regular) champion.

‘This is the fight that I want more than anything in the world,’ said Froch.

‘I put Mikkel up there as one of the great warriors in boxing and I am so excited about this fight and the chance to set the record straight against him.’

‘I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time,’ said five-time world champion Kessler, who like Froch has only lost two fights.

Ready to rumble: Froch will be looking to celebrate what would be the biggest win of his career this summer with the support of girlfriend Rachael Cordingley

Ready to rumble: Froch will be looking to celebrate what would be the biggest win of his career this summer with the support of girlfriend Rachael Cordingley

‘I have the utmost of respect for Carl, I
feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior
that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the
most hostile places, just like me.

'Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about and I was to do it again.

‘Since that first fight, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I dont care where we fight, I said anytime, anywhere. I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war.’

Packing a punch: Froch was impressive in his comfortable victory over Yusaf Mack in his last ring outing

Packing a punch: Froch was impressive in his comfortable victory over Yusaf Mack in his last ring outing

Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn added:
‘This is one for the ages. My hat goes off to both men for putting
everything on the line here in what can only be an epic battle. Too many
super fights fall by the wayside so to make Froch v Kessler II is a
dream come true.

‘Froch v Kessler I was a barnburner but I really feel Carl is a different fighter now, especially in the UK. These are the kinds of fights and nights that can cement the legacy of Carl Froch and no one deserves it more.

'We know what to expect from both men and either way it's going to be brutal.’

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Chelsea fly home from Norwich like Arsenal

First Arsenal, now Chelsea: Blues take to the air in 25-minute journey home from NORWICH

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 27 December 2012

Chelsea are likely to come under fire from eco-warriors after it was revealed they chartered a flight from Norwich on Boxing Day.

The journey by road can take roughly three hours but Rafa Benitez and his men would not have been in the air for any longer than 25 minutes.

The team boarded their BMI Embraer jet, after their 1-0 win at Norwich City, and shaved hours off of their commute, touching down at London Gatwick at around 7.30pm.

Flying: Chelsea have won all three matches since returning from Japan, scoring 14 goals in the process

Flying: Chelsea have won all three matches since returning from Japan, scoring 14 goals in the process

Winner: Mata scored the only goal on Boxing Day at Carrow Road

Winner: Mata scored the only goal on Boxing Day at Carrow Road

Flight times from London to other Premier League venues

Reading – 6 minutes

Southampton – 10 minutes

Norwich – 15 minutes

Aston Villa – 15 minutes

West Brom – 16 minutes

Stoke – 21 minutes

Swansea – 25 minutes

Manchester – 25 minutes

Wigan – 26 minutes

Everton and Liverpool – 27 minutes

Sunderland – 35 minutes

Newcastle – 36 minutes

Sources close to the club defended
the charter flight, particularly so soon after their long-haul return
from Yokohama earlier this month, from the Club World Cup.

Environmentalists
slammed Arsenal for their decision to charter to and from Norwich in
October, drawing heavy criticism from Friends of the Earth.

Jennifer
Parkhouse of the Norwich and Norfolk branch said: ‘I cannot see any
reason why they would have flown, other than it being a rather
ostentatious display of the players’ and club’s wealth.

‘It is absolutely absurd… They would have spent more time getting on and off the plane than in the air.’

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger defended the choice, blaming the unreliability of other modes of transport.

‘Usually we take the train and there was no train available, so we decided to fly,’ he said, adding it is difficult to estimate the time it takes to drive there.

Godfrey Chitalu, not Lionel Messi holds goal scoring record, say Zambia FA

Messi DOES NOT hold goal record, Chitalu does! Zambian FA try to ratify hitman's 107-goal season

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 19 December 2012

The Zambian FA is planning an official challenge to Lionel Messi's astonishing record of 90 goals – and counting – in a calendar year, claiming the feat does not beat Godfrey Chitalu's haul of 107 in 1972.

As the Barcelona forward continues to strive past Gerd Muller's officially recognised 40-year-old record of 85 goals, Zaf chiefs are hoping to ratify the achievements of the Kabwe Warriors striker.

FIFA do not recognise Chitalu's goals, but they say they have evidence to prove his scoring feat.

Whisked away Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's official scoring record - but not Godfrey Chitalu's

Whisked away Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's official scoring record – but not Godfrey Chitalu's

Faz spokesman Eric Mwanza told the BBC: 'We want to make it very clear that it is not a question of authenticating, or trying to verify or see if he actually scored the goals – that is not in question.'

'What is in question now is why has he not been recognised, and that is what we are looking at now.

'We are sending communication to the Secretary General of Fifa, Mr Jerome Valcke, to look again into the matter of Godfrey Chitalu.'

Chitalu, who won Zambia's
player of the year award five times, went on to coach the national team
and died alongside 29 others in the tragic plane crash in 1993 as the
team travelled to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal.

Exeter 33 Worcester 9: Chiefs take charge with commanding win over Warriors

Exeter 33 Worcester 9: Chiefs take charge with commanding win over Warriors

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 3 November 2012

Late tries from Haydn Thomas and
Chris Budgen put the seal on a convincing victory for Exeter Chiefs who
remain unbeaten at Sandy Park in the Aviva Premiership this season.

Exeter went into the break 19-3 ahead through a try from Gonzalo Camacho which Gareth Steenson converted, and the Irishman followed that up with three penalties with Andy Goode replying with a late penalty.

The former England fly-half added two more after the break before the game petered out until the final 10 minutes when the Chiefs scored tries from Haydn Thomas and Chris Budgen.

Down and out: Worcester Warriors players react to conceding a try

Down and out: Worcester Warriors players react to conceding a try

Exeter approached the game on the back of three straight defeats, to Leinster and Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup and away to Bath in the Premiership last weekend.

They made four changes, with Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki starting at outside centre, Chris Whitehead at hooker, and skipper Tom Hayes linking up with Aly Muldowney in the second row, meaning Dean Mumm switched to the back row.

Worcester also made changes, with hooker Ed Shervington and prop Ceri Jones making their first Premiership starts of the season.

Quick hands: Worcester scrum-half Paul Hodgson gets a move started

Quick hands: Worcester scrum-half Paul Hodgson gets a move started

Lock Dean Schofield returned to lead the side, Chris Jones came in at number eight, while Josh Drauniniu returned on the wing.

The visitors had won their last three games across all competitions but were forced to make a late change when Samoan international wing David Lemi withdrew due to a tight hamstring.

Andy Short was drafted in for his first Premiership start. Exeter took the lead after full-back Luke Arscott put a grubber kick through and wing Camacho hacked on and won the chase for the try line.

Fly-half Steenson added the extras. Exeter's smooth start continued as Steenson, who had seen an early attempt hit the upright, took advantage of the wind at his back by adding three penalties to give the home side a 16-0 midway through the half.

Round the outside: Exter's Sireli Naqelevuki beats his man

Round the outside: Exter's Sireli Naqelevuki beats his man

Worcester full-back Chris Pennell was then forced to race back and touch down behind his own line after the Chiefs mounted another attack down the right.

The visitors continued to test the patience of referee David Rose as they conceded another penalty at the scrum and Steenson again found the target to stretch the lead to 19 points.

With time almost up in the first half, the Warriors again kicked a couple of penalties to the corner to set-up catch and drives.

They came to nothing but then home centre Phil Dollman was penalised for a high tackle and Andy Goode reduced the arrears to 19-3 at the break.

Goode work: Andy Goode of Worcester in action

Goode work: Andy Goode of Worcester in action

Worcester started the second period with a lot more energy but Exeter's defence stood firm for almost 10 minutes until they were penalised for hands in the ruck and Goode made it two successful kicks from two attempts.

The visitors had a try from replacement Ravai Fatiaki ruled out for a forward pass, and from the resultant scrum Exeter were able to clear their line.

Worcester tried to capitalise on Exeter errors to creep their way into the opposition half and the penalty count continued as Goode landed his third penalty with 10 minutes remaining.

Up for it: Worcester players organise a lineout

Up for it: Worcester players organise a lineout

But the Chiefs sealed the game as breaks from Arscott and Rich Baxter pressed them towards the line.

Scrum-half Thomas picked up at the back of the ruck and dummied before diving over the line with Steenson adding the conversion.

With five minutes remaining, Worcester's former Cornish Pirates flanker Sam Betty was sent to the sin-bin for taking out Arscott.

Dave Ewers went close to crossing the try-line but was stopped short and his fellow replacement Chris Budgen went over, with Ignacio Mieres adding the extras.

Amlin round-up: London Welsh given European baptism of fire as Stade Francais put on a show

Amlin round-up: Welsh given European baptism of fire as Stade put on a show

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UPDATED:

19:57 GMT, 13 October 2012

London Welsh were heavily beaten after facing a tough baptism of fire in Europe against established French outfit Stade Francais, who claimed a comfortable 68-19 nine-try win at the Kassam Stadium.

Outside half Gavin Henson scored the first points for the Exiles at this level, but Lyn Jones' men trailed 35-16 at half-time.

Stade Francais hooker Remi Bonfils and
centre Waisea Vuidarvuwalu both crossed twice to secure the bonus point
before Hugo Bonneval touched down for a fifth first-half try.

In the points: Gavin Henson in action for London Welsh

In the points: Gavin Henson in action for London Welsh

Daniel George scored Welsh's first try, but Felipe Contepomi added the gloss on an excellent individual display with a 75th-minute score in a 25-point haul as Stade started their Pool Five campaign in style.

Welsh face an uphill battle in this pool after Grenoble hammered Italians I Cavalieri Prato 59-3 on Friday night.

Thrashing: Waisea Nayacalevu scores a try for Stade Francais

Thrashing: Waisea Nayacalevu scores a try for Stade Francais

Bath claimed their first away win in
Europe in almost two years with a convincing Amlin Challenge Cup 40-17
bonus-point success over Bucharest Wolves.

Sam Vesty scored 20 points as the Aviva Premiership outfit strolled to a five-try victory at Arcul de Triumf.

The 2008 winners had not won on the
continent in European competition for five matches since their triumph
against Aironi in the Heineken Cup.

Lock Will Spencer and hooker Ross
Batty scored first-half tries before Vesty, Ollie Devoto and Kane
Palma-Newport all crossed to seal maximum points for Gary Gold's troops.

Bucharest scored twice themselves
through Florin Surugiu and Christian Munteanu, but Bath have applied
pressure on their group rivals Calvisano and Agen, who face each other
in the late kick-off on Saturday.

Worcester Warriors taught Gernika a severe lesson with a thumping 85-5 success in Pool Two.

This was the Spanish champions' European debut, but it turned into a nightmare as the Warriors crossed 13 times.

Gernika wing Toto Mazzochi scored on the hour mark, but the joy was short-lived as Richard Hill's side ran riot in this one-way contest.

Replacement Max Stelling grabbed a six-minute hat-trick late on, wing Andy Short and scrum-half Paul Hodgson scored try doubles while number 10 Joe Carlisle bagged 25 points with a try and 10 conversions.

Yet the challenge in weeks ahead will be tougher for Worcester, who take on Perpignan next weekend.

The French giants thrashed Rovigo in a 10 try 79-12 romp at the Stadio Mario Battaglini this afternoon.

Ken Norton suffers heart attack in Las Vegas

Ring legend Norton, who once beat Ali and broke his jaw, suffers heart attack in Vegas

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UPDATED:

11:08 GMT, 1 October 2012


Hospitalised: Legendary boxer Ken Norton suffered a heart attack

Hospitalised: Legendary boxer Ken Norton suffered a heart attack

Former world heavyweight champion Ken Norton is in a 'delicate condition' in hospital after suffering a heart attack in Las Vegas.

The 69-year-old memorably inflicted the second defeat in Muhammad Ali's career in 1973 earning a 12th round split decision victory after breaking Ali's jaw.

He completed a tough trilogy against 'The Greatest' by going the distance but losing twice – the last of which in 1976 at the Yankee Stadium in New York.

He was taken ill, however, at the weekend and was unable to attend a WBC 'Legendary Night' in Nevada.

Ring warriors: Norton famously fought Muhammad Ali three times, losing the third of their battles at the Yankee Stadium in 1976

Ring warriors: Norton famously fought Muhammad Ali three times, losing the third of their battles at the Yankee Stadium in 1976

WBC president Jose Sulaiman visited Norton and said: 'I went to visit him at the hospital and he’s not good, though the doctor said to me that he will be OK.'

Norton, who was handed the WBC title in 1978 but lost after 15 brutal rounds on his first defence against Larry Holmes, eventually retired from the ring in 1981 after his first round stoppage to Gerry Cooney at Madison Square Garden.

The defeat saw his illustrious career end with a record of 42 wins (33 by way of knockout), 7 losses and a draw.

Glove story: Norton was the WBC champion but lost on his first defence to Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace

Glove story: Norton was the WBC champion but lost on his first defence to Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace

Wigan 12 Leeds 13: Kevin Sinfield sends Leeds to Grand Final

Wigan 12 Leeds 13: Sinfield's late strike sends Leeds to Grand Final after thriller

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UPDATED:

21:19 GMT, 28 September 2012

Kevin Sinfield booted the match-winning penalty three minutes from time as Leeds clinched victory in one of Super League's most remarkable play-off thrillers.

Wigan trailed 11-0 at half-time and looked well beaten as the ruthless Rhinos threatened to disappear out of sight.

But the hosts rallied after the break through Harrison Hansen’s try before Pat Richards crossed in the corner and landed a brilliant touchline conversion to put the Warriors 12-11 up.

We're going to Old Trafford: Leeds Rhinos' players celebrate their victory in the qualifying semi-final

We're going to Old Trafford: Leeds Rhinos' players celebrate their victory in the qualifying semi-final

Getting a grip: Wigan's Epalahame Lauaki holds off Leeds' Ryan Bailey at the DW Stadium

Getting a grip: Wigan's Epalahame Lauaki holds off Leeds' Ryan Bailey at the DW Stadium

However, Sinfield was on hand to book another Rhinos Grand Final appearance when Rob Burrow caught Wigan offside in a stunning finish.

Wigan were rocked before kick-off when Sam Tomkins withdrew through injury, but few expected them to lack so much direction during a first half in which they offered virtually nothing in attack.

Ouch: Brett Delaney is tackled by Wigan's Liam Farrell (left), Sean O'Loughlin and Jeff Lima (ground)

Ouch: Brett Delaney is tackled by Wigan's Liam Farrell (left), Sean O'Loughlin and Jeff Lima (ground)

Play-off masters Leeds clicked into gear to produce their most dominant 40 minutes of the season just when they needed it most, suffocating Wigan’s few moments of hope with a line-speed in defence that kept the hosts frustrated.

And just as Wigan appeared to be getting on top, Leeds landed the sucker punch. Leeds prop Jamie Peacock was penalised for interference but it was the visitors who struck from the resulting Wigan attack through Kallum Watkins’ 90-metre interception of Brett Finch’s pass.

No holds barred: Leeds' Kylie Leuluai is held by the Wigan Warriors' defence

No holds barred: Leeds' Kylie Leuluai is held by the Wigan Warriors' defence

Round of applause: Leeds fans celebrate their victory and reaching the Grand Final

Round of applause: Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory and reaching the Grand Final

Sinfield converted easily and knocked over two more goals in quick succession when referee Richard Silverwood ruled indiscretions against Hansen and Finch.

The hosts finally came to life when Thomas Leuluai fed Hansen two minutes after the restart, raising hopes of a comeback — which they came desperately close to completing.

Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum given three match ban

Wigan hooker McIlorum might miss Grand Final after three-match ban

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UPDATED:

23:04 GMT, 11 September 2012

Wigan could be without hooker Michael McIlorum if they reach the Grand Final after he was handed a three-match ban.

McIlorum was given the suspension, along with a 300 fine, following his dismissal in last Friday's 26-18 derby defeat by St Helens.

He was shown a red card by referee James Child just 15 minutes into the final game of the regular Super League season for a high and late tackle on Saints prop Anthony Laffranchi.

Off you go: Michael McIlorum leaves the field

Off you go: Michael McIlorum leaves the field

McIlorum, who was also sent off against Bradford in June for punching, was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with a grade C reckless tackle and was found guilty on Tuesday when he appeared in front of a disciplinary hearing in Leeds.

Wigan take on Catalan Dragons in the first qualifying play-off at the DW Stadium on Friday, when a victory would take them straight through to the semi-finals and to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final.

A defeat would mean an extra game for the Warriors the following weekend against one of the winners of this weekend's elimination play-offs.

Wigan say they will appeal against McIlorum's suspension. A hearing is likely to be held on Wednesday.