Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler May 25

Super middleweight titleholders Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler made a deal in January to meet in a much-anticipated rematch but had not yet locked in the specific date and venue -- until Friday.

The world title unification bout will take place May 25 at the O2 Arena in London, Froch promoter Matchroom Sport and Kessler promoter Sauerland Event announced.

Fighting in Kessler's native Denmark in April 2010, Kessler won a decision after a hellacious battle with Froch during the Super Six World Boxing Classic. It was by far the most action-packed fight of the tournament, and a rematch was something both fighters had been interested in since.

Last month, the promoters struck a deal for the rematch. They announced the fight for the spring but did not have a date or site -- other than saying it would be in Froch's native England -- locked in.

Tickets will go on sale Monday on the O2 Arena website. The fighters will also meet head-to-head at a Monday news conference at the O2 Arena, followed by another news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on Tuesday.

U.S. TV coverage of the fight has not been determined, but the promoters have said they are talking to the networks.
In order for Froch -- who has a mandatory defense due against Canada's Adonis Stevenson -- to keep his version of the title, Matchroom Sport said it made a deal with Stevenson and promoter Yvon Michel so Froch would not have to give up his belt.

Since beating Froch in 2010, Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) has fought just three times because of injuries, including an eye problem that forced him to withdraw from the Super Six tournament. However, the 33-year-old knocked out Brian Magee in the third round to win a belt on Dec. 8.

"I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time," Kessler said last month when the deal was reached. "I have the utmost of respect for Carl. I feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the most hostile places, just like me. Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about and I was (anxious) to do it again."

The 35-year-old Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) rebounded from his loss to Kessler to easily outpoint Arthur Abraham to win the world title the injured Kessler vacated after their fight. Froch eventually made it to the Super Six final in December 2011, but lost a decision in a unification fight against Andre Ward.

Then in May, in his hometown of Nottingham, Froch knocked out Canada's Lucian Bute in the fifth round of a stirring performance to win another version of the 168-pound world title.

Froch defended it in November by knocking out American Yusaf Mack in the third round to clear the way for the rematch with Kessler.

"Our first fight was pure warfare," Froch said last month. "We went at each other for every minute of every round and the rematch promises to be even more fiercely contested. I seriously wish I was ringside myself for this fight, because I'm gunning for revenge at all costs and the fight fans are in for a real treat."