Following last weekend's world title action, we have updated our professional boxing world champions list. The main movers last weekend were Scotland's Ricky Burns who captured the WBA (Regular) world super-lightweight title by stopping Italian Michelle Di Rocco, and also Liverpool's Tony Bellew - who won the WBC crusierweight title by knocking out Illunga Makabu at Goodison Park in front…
Mikkel Kessler Retired: Remembering Career of Viking Warrior
By Cam Gillon
MIKKEL KESSLER RETIRED FROM BOXING
Former super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) officially announced his retirement from boxing yesterday. Kessler wrote on his social media.
”Thank you for supporting me through out my career. It has been an absolute pleasure stepping into the ring, home as well as abroad.”
Kessler is a four time super middleweight champion, winning the WBA title on three occasions and the WBC title including unifying both the WBA and WBC at the same time.
He won his first world title in 2004 when he beat Manny Siaca in Copenhagen to win the WBA super middleweight title in November. He then retained the title in his next four bouts against Anthony Mundine, Eric Lucas, Markus Beyer and Librado Andrade.
Kessler said his retirement is down to being unable to avenge his career defeats to Carl Froch and Andre Ward. Kessler suffered his second professional loss when he entered the super six boxing classic tournament in 2010 and was beaten by a very dominant Andre Ward in November 2009 by a 11th round technical decision. His other loss came to Carl Froch in their rematch in May 2013 when Froch won a 12 round decision at the The O2 Arena, London. Kessler won their first bout in 2010, a fight which hit Froch with his first professional career defeat.
Kessler is also known for travelling to the United Kingdom in 2007 when he faced Joe Calzaghe at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in November, Kessler suffered his first loss in the fight and Calzaghe went on to retire undefeated just over a year later.
Kessler in his career picked up a huge fan base all over the world due to his exciting style of fighting, his two fights against Froch also did great viewings on pay per view. They both stood in the pocket and traded blows every round of the fight! Kessler had a good technical side to his boxing too, he used the jab well to keep his opponents at a distance and pace he would like.
Although he maybe retired from the sport now, he will never be forgotten among fight fans. A true warrior.