Barker: Froch could beat Kessler

30.10.07 - Unbeaten middleweight Darren Barker believes Carl Froch is a future world super-middleweight champion and could beat Mikkel Kessler. The Barnet boxer, who challenges Australian Ben Crampton for the Commonwealth crown on a Hennessy Sports show at the York Hall on November 14th, sparred with Kessler in Copenhagen last month. WBA and WBC super-middleweight champion Kessler used Barker as his sparring partner ahead of the fight Saturday’s fight with Welshman Joe Calzaghe, the WBO champion. Barker has also sparred with Froch, who he rates as better than Kessler..

“I’ve sparred with them both and they are both very good,” said Darren. “Carl will definitely go all the way, judging on what Kessler is like.

“Carl hits harder than him and is a very smart boxer. He is good enough to become undisputed champion in a very hot division.

“At the top level there is a very fine level between winning and losing - and Carl has definitely got what it takes. He has got what it takes to beat Kessler - and anyone else in the division.

"It was great sparring with Kessler, who is a nice guy. It gave me confidence ahead of my Commonwealth Title fight and I'm optimistic for the future

Hennessy Sports in association with Proudly Present
Friday 9th NOVEMBER 2007.
Doors 6pm, Boxing Starts 6.30pm.

Ticket Prices:
£25 Unreserved Tiered & Reserved Floor
£30 Premium Tiered
£75 Outer Ringside
£125 Ringside

For Tickets:
Call the Box Office on: 0870 121 0123
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Carl Froch (Nottingham) vs Robin Reid (Runcorn)
12 x 3 – British Super Middleweight Title
John Murray (Manchester) vs Dean Hickman (West Bromwich)
10 x 3 – English Lightweight / WBC Youth Titles.

Esham Pickering (Newark) vs Sean Hughes (Pontefract)
8 x 3 Super Bantamweight

Adnan Amar (Nottingham) vs Darren Gethin (Walsall)
10 x 3 Midlands Area Welterweight Title

Paul David (Sheffield) vs Michael Monaghan (Nottingham)
10 x 3 – Midlands Area Super Middleweight Title

Andrew Singh Kooner (Birmingham/ Toronto Canada) vs Andy Bell (Nottingham)
8 x 3 – Bantamweight

Amir Unsworth (Warrington) vs Leonard Lothian (Northampton)
4 x 3 - Light Welterweight

Kelly Oliver (Lincoln) vs TBA
4 x 3 Cruiser Weight

Tyrone Wright (Nottingham) vs Simeon Cover (Worksop)
4x3 Cruiser Weight

Rod Anderton (Nottingham) vs TBA
4 x 3 Light Heavyweight

Hennessy Sports in association with Proudly Present
Wednesday 14th November 2007.
Doors 6pm, Boxing Starts 6.30pm.

Ticket Prices:
• Ringside £75 – Reserved
• Unreserved £30

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Darren Barker (Barnet) vs Ben Crampton (Australia)
12x3 Vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Championship Title

Lenny Daws (Mordon) vs Nigel Wright (Hartlepool)
10x3 English Light Welterweight Championship Title

Geard Ajetovic (Preston/Serbia) vs TBA
6x3 Middleweight

Matthew Thirlwall (Bermondsey) vs Lee Noble (Barnsley)
6x3 Middleweight

George Hillyard (Canning Town) vs TBA
6 x 3 - Middleweight

Nick Qato (Wembley) vs Tyan Booth (Nottingham)
6 x 3 - Middleweight

Victor Smith (Tottenham) vs Paul Davis (Lowestoft)
4 x 3 Cruiser Weight

Article posted on 30.10.2007

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