Calzaghe Surprise Mikkel Kessler

WATCH: Joe Calzaghe Surprise Mikkel Kessler On Danish TV

Published On January 14, 2016 | By Niall Doran | Boxing News

A touch of class and show of respect from two genuine warriors and gentlemen of the ring.

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Recently Mikkel Kessler was being honoured at an awards ceremony that was shown on live Danish television, and an old rival turned friend dropped by as a pleasant surprise for the ‘Viking Warrior’ who retired with an admirable record of 46-3 (35KO), having only ever lost to three great champions – Carl Froch, Andre Ward and Joe Calzaghe.

Calzaghe and Kessler fought a closely contested and highly entertaining battle back in 2007 outdoors at the Millenium Stadium and although Calzaghe won a unanimous decision in the end, he was given all he could handle for 12 rounds from his Danish counterpart.

Almost a decade on the two remain good friends to this day, with Calzaghe a man regarded as Britain’s finest ever boxer heaping praise on Kessler:

“Mikkel is the greatest fighter I’ve ever boxed, I had to be at my best to beat Mikkel. Since then we’ve become friends so congratulations, a great fighter and an even better man.”

Here’s the moment Calzaghe surprised Kessler live on TV (hat tip to Boxing Tipster for the upload):

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Niall Doran
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