Undefeated super middleweight champion Andre Ward believes that Carl Froch could stop Mikkel Kessler in their much talked about rematch at the 02 Arena on Saturday night.
Ward knows what it takes to defeat both men after registering victories over the duo and he firmly believes that it will be Froch who emerges victorious this weekend.
The Cobra lost a controversial decision to Kessler back in 2010 and despite losing to Ward a year later, he has since put in two commanding displays to stop Lucian Bute and Yusaf Mack.
Kessler has won his last four fights since tasting defeat to Ward, including the victory over Froch, but he has been relatively inactive with these bouts coming over a two-and-a-half year time period where he suffered a number of injuries.
While most people expect it to be another epic that will likely go the full 12 rounds, Ward says he would not be surprised if Froch managed to get a stoppage victory.
"Carl Froch has been in some tough fights but I think he has more in the tank," Ward told Boxing News. "I think Kessler has kind of dipped a little bit since he and I fought, and even since he fought Froch the first time. Even though it's going to be a tough fight, it's going to be back and forth, I can't see Kessler winning this.
"Kessler's last two performances, he hasn't fought the best guys - a shopworn Allan Green then Brian Magee who's very tough but limited - and he's going to look good against them but I don't know if he has the same fire as when he fought Froch the first time. I would be shocked if Kessler got his hand raised. I think Froch wins and I wouldn't be surprised if Froch caught and stopped him."
Should Froch emerge as the winner then he may well be looking to secure another shot at WBA and WBC champions Ward who has also struggled with injuries since defeating Chad Dawson in September last year.