Carl Froch gained the revenge he so desperately craved when he beat Mikkel Kessler in an epic tear-up at London’s O2.
Froch, the IBF champion, added Kessler’s WBA belt to his haul after winning on points on a dramatic night.
And he said: “It feels really good. The only thing that felt bad was I had to beat such a gentleman. It’s one apiece — who knows, do you fancy a third one?
“I also want to avenge my only other defeat to Andre Ward. Get him to England.”
The Nottingham hardman, 35, started the night as if he was ready to blow away the Danish fighter but finished it hanging on as Kessler unloaded all he could muster.
Judge Adalaide Byrd scored it 118-110, Carlos Sucre gave it 116-112 while Jean-Francois Toupin also scored it 115-113 as Froch overturned the first defeat of his career, the loss to Kessler in April 2010.