Ward: Why is Kessler talking about moving up to 175?
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) is mystified about the talk going around about former super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KO’s) pulling out of his April 14th fight against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz due to a lingering right hand injury and talking about wanting to fight on May 19th, possibly at light heavyweight.
Ward is wondering why the 33-year-old Kessler isn’t mentioning him as a possible opponent, because Kessler had been saying that he had unfinished business with Ward but it doesn’t look as if Kessler is interested in fighting him for some reason. Why is that? Does Kessler have bad memories about the spanking he got from Ward in the past?
Ward said on his twitter “Why is Kessler talking about fighting at 175lb, when he said we had ‘Unfinished business’ at the moment I don’t have an opponent!”
Well, there’s the invitation for Kessler to accept a rematch with Ward to try avenge his loss to Ward from November 2009. Kessler blamed the loss on head-butts that occurred in the fight which opened up some cuts over the eyes of Kessler, leading eventually to the fight being halted in the 11th round and ruled a technical decision win over Ward. However, Ward was dominating the fight with ease long before Kessler suffered his first cut. Ward was too fast, his jab too good and his lead right hands too powerful and quick for Kessler. If Kessler wanted a rematch with Ward, you know that would be the thing he would be taking about rather than discussing ideas like moving up to the light heavyweight division.
Kessler could probably take his pick with which of the light heavyweight champions he’d like to take on and he probably would land at least one of the fight, but not by May 19th, which is when Kessler wants to fight next. And he also won’t likely get any of the champions to agree to travel to Kessler’s home country of Denmark to fight him. I could be wrong about this, but I think I’m not. Why should a champion have to travel all the way to Kessler’s home country to fight him when he’s just a challenger?