Kessler doubtful about Ward rematch, says he can’t see the American fighting outside of the U.S
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KO’s) hasn’t even beaten his next opponent WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KO’s), who the 32-year-old Kessler fights on April 14th at the Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark, and yet Kessler is already looking for excuse for why he can’t fight a rematch against American WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward.
Speaking with Sporten.dk, Kessler stated that he doesn’t think Ward will be interested in fighting outside of the United States, and feels that Americans given Ward grief about that fact. Kessler doesn’t say he won’t fight him but it sure doesn’t sound too promising.
Basically if Ward wants to fight Kessler, it sounds like Ward will have to fly all the way to Kessler’s home country of Denmark to fight him there. I don’t know if Ward would do that or not but I don’t see it as being a problem. I mean, if Carl Froch was able to come close to beating Kessler in their fight in Denmark in April 2010, then Ward will have no problems beating Kessler over there.
Their previous fight in November 2009 was a one-sided fight with Ward winning pretty much every round. Kessler was too slow and couldn’t stop Ward’s fast lead right hand and his powerful jab. It was a totally one-sided fight from start to finish, and yeah, I know a lot of Kessler’s fans from Europe have tried to explain away Kessler’s loss by blaming it on Ward head-butting Kessler but that’s not the reason he lost.
Kessler lost because he didn’t have enough talent plain and simple. Kessler was too slow, too wide open defensively and too crappy. But I really got to hand it to him; I like the shot across the bow from Kessler already hinting that there won’t be a Kessler-Ward rematch. I bet he’s shaking in his boots about a fight against Ward again and wanted to make sure he got the excuse out there early enough to take away some of the early calls for a Ward-Kessler rematch.