Mikkel Kessler expected to reveal next opponent in 10 days
Expect news about my next opponent within 10 days!
— Mikkel Kessler (@MikkelKessler) September 20, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Inactive former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) says he expected to make a statement about his next fight in the next days. This is obviously good news for fans of the 35-year-old Kessler, because he hasn’t fought in a year and a half since his loss to Carl Froch in May 2013, and it’ll be interesting to see if he even fights at all in 2014.
Kessler has made no secrets about wanting to get back in the ring with Froch for a third fight, but he’s not made it easy for that to happen by failing to stay active. Kessler has just been waiting for the rematch instead of showing that he’s still serious about the sport.
It’s bad enough that Kessler’s last performance against Froch was a pretty much uninspired performance in terms of him not doing anything until the 2nd half of the fight. Kessler stood paralyzed for the first 6 rounds while Froch threw one limp jab after another.
It was the strangest thing you’ll see because Froch’s jab could have easily been defeated if Kessler had the desire to throw some punches, but he just looked like he didn’t want to be there.
With Kessler not having fought since the loss to Froch, you have to wonder how mentally he still wants to compete. It’s one thing getting a payday fight against Froch but for Kessler to still fight other guys where the money isn’t as good, it might be a problem for him.
I think it’s pretty obvious that Kessler is going to take a soft job for his next fight due to him having been out of the ring for such a long time. But also I feel that Kessler is going to take it easy so that he can put himself in position for another Froch fight. If Kessler were to fight someone talented, he might end up losing and then we wouldn’t get another Froch payday fight.
I’m not sure if a Froch-Kessler III fight is going to be a sellable fight in 2015 unless Kessler gets busy and starts taking on and beating talented fighters instead of a record padding fight.
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