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Kessler media day!

Photo: Sauerland Events
Photo: Sauerland Events

WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) welcomed some special visitors to the Max-Schmeling-Gym today. With local football club Hertha Berlin hosting Brondby IF for the return leg of their Europa League qualification clash, Kessler invited the Danish journalists to show them his new training camp base. “The facilities at the Max-Schmeling-Gym are great,” Kessler said. “I really like Berlin. It is a great city. Training has been going well, too. I will be in perfect shape for the fight against Perdomo.”

On September 12, Kessler will defend his title against mandatory challenger Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) in front of what will be a sell-out crowd at MCH Herning. U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Kessler is slated to participate in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing classic, with a first-round meeting with Andre Ward coming up on November 21. Ward will also be in action on September 12, taking on Shelby Pudwill (also on SHOWTIME). “I am not thinking about Ward or the Super Six now,” Kessler added. “It will be a fantastic tournament, but I need to defeat Perdomo first. That is why my full focus is on him.”

Chris Meyer, General Manager of Team Sauerland, has no doubts that Kessler will leave the ring victorious. “We are looking forward to staging our first ever fight night in Denmark,” he said. “I am sure that Mikkel will take care of business and beat Perdomo.”

After fulfilling numerous interview and photo requests, Kessler then left for the football stadium to watch the Berlin-Brondby match. “A good friend of mine plays for Brondby and he invited me to come and watch,” he said. “I look forward to seeing a good match.”

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