Firstly, much respect to Froch and Kessler for a great fight. But I think Carl fought the wrong fight. He's not a back foot fighter, and he fell into Kesslers rhythm for the first half of the fight round 5 excluded. I thought Froch had finally woke up in the 5th and also felt that the knockdown was legitimite (it was a punch that caught him about the shoulder when he was off balance).
But the 5th to me showed that Froch had the power to back Kessler up, he was never going to outbox kessler, he should have forced him onto the backfoot more.
Anyway, Froch's jab is back in working order, it was missing in the dirrell and taylor fights, it was straight and accurate, shame it was mostly being used to keep Kessler away, rather than setting up openings to exploit.
The 8th saw carl rocked, although it caught him flush on the nose, I thought the follow through caught him in the nuts, buckling his legs (watched on a average stream, so could be way off the mark).
All in all, I thought that the later rounds showed that Froch had a slight power edge over Kessler, and that the flat footed Froch's best tactic would have been ala Pascal, i.e stand his ground, he was never gonna out box off the back foot (easy for me to say, I wouldn't stand and trade with Kessler).
I honestly think Froch will get Ko'd by Abraham, His defense is too tight and there is no way that Froch is slick enough to avoid his power. And for me, Abraham has the most power in the tournment.
By the way I scored it Froch losing by 2, and thought the knockdown should have made it a 1 round fight, I know my above review seems critical (as the fight was close, and home fan chearing defintely sways the close rounds).
I think it was Froch's last chance, at least if he does bow out after Abraham (of which I would like to be proved wrong), a fight with Bute must be on the cards.
Comments and ridicule welcome.