Kessler and Stieglitz purses for November 5th fight
By Allen Fox: Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KO’s) and WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 Ko’s) are going to be both well paid for their November 5th fight at the Parken, in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to Danish news site eb.dk, Kessler will receive approximately $1.4 million for the bout, while Stieglitz will be making around $3 million. Not bad money for a champion that a lot of boxing fans see as a paper champ.
This will be the 5th title defense by the 30-year-old Stieglitz, and likely his last. Kessler, 32, appears to be a more all around complete fighter than Stieglitz. However, with the wear and tear that Kessler took in his two Six Six tournament fights against Andre Ward and Carl Froch, he could crumble if Stieglitz is able to make it a grueling fight over the long haul.
That’s going to be difficult for Steiglitz to do because he’s struggled in his last two fights against two average challengers Enrique Ornelas and Khoren Gevor. He looked unimpressive in both fights and those are guys that Stieglitz needed to easily beat if he’s a guy that is in the same league as Kessler. He’s obviously, and that’s the part where he’s going to have to try and come up with a good plan to beat the Dane.
Kessler has fought once since last year, beating Mehdi Bouadla by a 6th round TKO last June. Kessler looked good at times in that fight, but kind of rusty and mechanical. Kessler didn’t seem to react well when getting hit hard. That’s where Stieglitz needs to focus on. He needs to hit Kessler hard and make him think survival.