CARL FROCH is determined to return to action with a bang - by securing a unification fight with Mikk

The Sun Gavin Glicksman6th July, 2009

The Cobra has been biding his time since making the first defence of his WBC super-middleweight crown against Jermain Taylor in April.

But a big fight is definitely in the pipeline this autumn and WBA champ Kessler is firmly in Froch's sights

He said: "I keep hearing about Kessler so he's in my veins now - I want to go out there and decapitate him.

"I want to knock him out in style and then see what people have to say for themselves about me.

"It's looking like late September or maybe early to mid-October. That'll be six months from when I fought Taylor but you know what it's like with politics in boxing.

"I've been told by the WBC I can have a voluntary defence, which pretty much means I can handpick someone in the top 10 and earn a few quid.

"But that's not what I'm about and I want to fight the best out there.

"Kessler's the one that people keep saying is the hardest fight out there for me.

"As you know, I don't take any easy touches so he's definitely on the agenda."

Despite his impressive win against Taylor on American soil, Froch still has plenty of critics who take great delight in pointing out that Kessler is the best in the division.

And the Nottingham ace admits the Viking Warrior deserves to be ranked above him - for the time being at least.

Froch, 32, said: "Kessler's had more fights than me so he deserves to be ranked higher.

"I'm honest enough to admit that but I'm a proud warrior and I want to take him on and take his scalp.

"His only loss was against Joe Calzaghe so you can justify his ranking - but I'll beat him, that's for sure."

Froch has also been strongly linked with a showdown against Bernard Hopkins.

But he insists a title defence against the 44-year-old American is no longer on the cards.

Froch added: "Realistically, Hopkins is off the agenda.

"At 44, to come down to super-middleweight and fight someone like me who is at the top of his game is asking for trouble.

"We did put an offer to him but he hasn't come back to us with anything formal at all.

"A lot of the time as well, Hopkins prices himself out a fight because he thinks he's the major player.

"He's someone I'd love to fight but I can't see it happening."

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