Kessler vs. DeGale: Mikkel to possibly face James in April

kessler2By Oliver Norager: Former super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KO’s) is possibly facing Olympian gold-medalist champion James DeGale (20-1, 14 KO’s) on April 25 at London’s 02 Arena. The fight is for the IBF world title. According to Danish paper, Ekstrabladet, Kessler has gotten a offer from DeGale’s promoter, Eddie Hearn. The Dane’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland said: “I can confirm that his promoter came with a offer, but i can’t say anything more at this point”

This is a big step up in class for the 28-year old DeGale, his best fight so far in his career was George Groves back in 2011, where he lost a majority decision at the same venue where the Kessler fight is going to take place. Lately, DeGale have improved and destoyed decent fighters like Brandon Gonzales and Marco Antonio Periban.

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James DeGale vs. Mikkel Kessler possible for April

kessler6743By Scott Gilfoid: Instead of James DeGale getting a fight against IBF belt holder Carl Froch, DeGale could wind up facing the aging 35-year-old Mikkel Kessler in April, according to the Mirror.

DeGale and Kessler would presumably be fighting for the IBF belt once the International Boxing Federation strips the strap from Froch for failing to defend it in a timely fashion. Froch doesn’t appear to be all that interested in taking a risky fight against DeGale, whose fighting style is like a slowed down version of Andre Dirrell.

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DeGale’s trainer says Fielding, Kessler or Dirrell could be next

degale33By Scott Gilfoid: Jim McDonnell, the trainer for #1 IBF super middleweight contender James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs), isn’t quite sure who DeGale will end up fighting if current IBF 168lb champion Carl Froch is stripped or vacates his IBF strap for not agreeing to defend it against DeGale, his mandatory challenger.

American Andre Dirrell would appear to be the guy that DeGale will be fighting for the vacant IBF title because Dirrell recently beat Derek Edwards in an IBF super middleweight eliminator bout, which means that DeGale and Dirrell should in theory fight it out for the vacant IBF title. However, McDonnell is talking about DeGale potentially fighting the likes of Mikkel Kessler or Rocky Fielding, if not Dirrell.

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Sauerland: Kessler’s next opponent to be announced soon

kessler32By Oliver Norager: Former WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) is expected to make an announcement about his upcoming fight soon. Kessler hasn´t fought since his close decision loss to IBF/WBA champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs)  in May of 2013 in London, England. In that fight Kessler chose not to come out and fight Froch for the first 3 rounds and that cost him the entire fight. When Kessler chose to mix it up with Froch he always connected on Froch’s chin and Froch looked badly hurt at times, especially in the 11 round. The former champion Kessler didn’t fight Froch like in their first fight in Herning, Denmark in 2010. In that fight Kessler was the aggressor and was walking Froch down. Froch’s bravery and good chin held him up in that fight

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Hearn says Kessler vs. Froch III a possibility for January 31st, 2015

kessler65By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says that former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) is a possibility for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s next fight on January 31st in 2015 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

This would obviously have to be a voluntary defense for the 37-year-old Froch, because the 35-year-old Kessler hasn’t fought in a year and half since his loss to Froch in May of 2013. With Kessler being out of the ring for close to 2 years, all four sanctioning bodies have dropped him from their top 15.

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Kessler wants Froch rematch, not interested in Groves fight

kessler6743By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) says he’s waiting by the phone hoping to get a third fight against Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs). Kessler, 35, isn’t interested in a stay busy fight against Georg Groves (20-2, 15 KOs), because he prefers to fight already established fighters rather than guys who still haven’t accomplished anything other than getting knocked out twice by Froch.

“I believe I am still in the top game – not that Groves isn’t because he’s a great fighter,” Kessler said via “I want the rematch with Carl instead of fighting the new fighters first to get the bigger ones.”

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Froch: Groves loses to Abraham, Dirrell and Kessler

groves6643By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch thinks that George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs) needs to think seriously about putting the brakes on his plans on fighting for a world title against WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) in 2015, because Froch doesn’t think that Groves is anywhere near ready to take on a big puncher like Dirrell at this point in his career.

Froch says that Groves needs more experience and he needs to improve his stamina in a major way before he starts taking on talents like Dirrell. At this point Froch thinks that Groves would lose to Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Arthur Abraham. All three of those guys would do Groves, says Froch.

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Mikkel Kessler expected to reveal next opponent in 10 days

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.

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Mikkel Kessler vs Andre Ward 2 in the works for rematch in Denmark

ward3432By Cameron Gillon: Reports recently surfaced that Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward 2 is a done deal. Both fighters have said to have agreed to fighting each other and Ward has agreed to have the fight take place in Denmark.

This is a good fight but one you feel is a bit pointless for Ward as he has already beaten Kessler in the super six in 2009 that Ward went on to win, Ward won by a technical decision after Kessler had a couple of cuts over eyes as a result of a lot of headbutts from Ward. Kessler said he feels he would of won the fight if the cuts didn’t occur in the fight but to be honest Ward was ahead clearly.

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Mikkel Kessler returning to the ring, what do you expect ?

kessler#8By Cameron Gillon: Four time super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler has recently said that he would like to return to the ring. The last time we saw him in the ring was in May 2013 against WBA and IBF world champion Carl Froch at the O2 arena London.

The fight was a unification fight where Kessler was then the WBA champion and Froch was the IBF world champion. Carl Froch won the fight on points in what a all out war. Let’s not forget that Mikkel Kessler won the first fight in Denmark as part of the super six tournament eventually won by American Andre Ward. This left the two fighters with one win a piece.

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