Former super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3,35 KOs) has announced that he will resume his career. The 35-year-old Kessler last fought twelve months ago, losing a unanimous decision to Carl Froch. Kessler made the announcement at a press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. He stated that he’s targeting an October or November “big fight” and doesn’t want a tune-up bout. He also stated he would like a rubber match with Froch. They split their first two bouts.
“I’ve thought a lot about whether I should continue my career,” said Kessler. “I became a father and I have a life outside of boxing that I really appreciate. I’ve got a special responsibility. So it was not a decision I took lightly.
“But I still feel I have something to prove. I hate to lose! And I lost my last fight against Carl Froch. Many thought that I would quit, but I owe it to myself and my fans to finish on top. My last performance showed that I still belong at the top. And I know that my fans believe in me.’
“I’ve talked with my team, the people around me, and they are ready to support me on the journey to become World Champion again.
“I still have a desire for boxing. I still love to train, and I believe that I can become a World Champion again. Now that I’ve made the decision, it’s all in. I’m ready for all the big names out there. Whether it’s Ward, Golovkin or Groves, I’m ready. A third fight against Froch, why not? I’ll be ready for that too.
“I’m not rusty, but it’s been a while since I’ve boxed, so a fight in October or November would suit me best. At that point, I’d like to have a big fight.
“Like I said; it’s all in now. There is no turning back and I believe that I can do it. You don’t become world champion five times, if you don’t believe in yourself.”
Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: “Mikkel proved in his last performance against Froch that he still belongs at the very top of the boxing world. He could have chosen to turn his back on the sport as he has won five World Championship belts and financially he has earned very well.
“He is, however, a true fighter and is motivated through big fights. He still believes he has a point to prove and at his age and with his very conscious lifestyle he could still go on a while. His last performance certainly proves that he still has a lot to give. There are some great fights to be made.”
Further details regarding Kessler’s comeback fight will be announced shortly.