Magee ready to add Kessler’s scalp to his collection this Saturday
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KO’s) is ready to add a big name to his resume this Saturday night when he goes after the scalp of Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO’s) in their important fight at the BOXEN, in Herning, Denmark.
Magee already took to Dane scalps in whipping Rudy Markussen and Mads Larsen both by knockout. Now Magee wants Kessler’s scalp and it’ll be a welcome addition to his resume.
A lot is riding on this fight for both fighters, as the winner came move on and get potential big money fights against the likes of WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBO champion Arthur Abraham. The loser will be stuck tending trying to work his way back to the top.
In Kessler’s case, he’ll be okay if he loses because he’ll still have huge fan bases in Denmark and Germany that will turn out to see him in his fights against whoever. But it’s still not going to be a good situation if he loses, because it’ll put a rubber stamp on the fact that he’s now more vulnerable than he was earlier in his career.
Magee said “This is going to be fantastic fight, a fantastic show. I am ready to beat Kessler.”
Kessler’s not been involved in a quality fight in at least two years when he beat Carl Froch by a 12 round decision in April of 2010. But you have to go back to October 2009 when Kessler fought someone that was really good in Andre Ward, and Kessler got whipped bad in that fight to the point where he looked like he was ready to get taken out. Luckily for him, the ringside doctor halted the fight in the 11th round before Ward could look to finish him off.
Magee is a big step up from Kessler’s last two fights against Mehdi Bouadla and Allan Green, and it’s going to be really hard for Kessler to have to deal with the talent difference. The power is going to be Kessler’s main problem in this fight because Magee has got major power, and I rate above Froch and far ahead of Joe Calzaghe in that department. If Magee starts landing his power shots he’s going to have Kessler having problems.