By Oscar Nielsen
This is the super middleweight fight that will never die. At least not until it gets settled once and for all in the ring.
The problem is that Mikkel Kessler and unified champion Andre Ward disagrees on who's to blame for a return fight not materializing.
Why talk about Ward-Kessler II when there's a big rematch between the Dane and Carl Froch coming up in May? Because the natural fight for the winner of that showdown happens to be Andre Ward. And perhaps for that very reason, Kessler fired an uncharacteristic poisonous pill towards his American conqueror:
"Every time we have had talks with Andre Ward it leads to nothing. He will never fight away from home or his demands are crazy. There's always something with this guy. He will not fight abroad and is therefore not a worthy champion," Kessler said.
That statement has made Ward angry, in where he called Kessler a liar:
"Mikkel Kessler keeps saying that he wants a rematch, but he doesn't want [the rematch whenever] we discuss it. That's why I feel I have to say something because it's not true."
Kessler said the following about Ward's style:
"Andre Ward is good at what he does, but as I have discussed with Carl Froch - we will fight a real fight. We are going to stage a war and determine who's the better boxer. Not who's better at holding, headbutting, rabbit-punching and holding again. That's not a real boxing match."
An upset Ward says:
"I had big respect for Mikkel Kessler before our fight. I also respected him after the fight that I won fair and square. Yes there where unfortunate headbutts but these things happen in a fight. Even in the sweetness of my win, I never disrespected Kessler or the Danish boxing fans. Now he is disrepecting me by lying about how I won and all that. It's distastefull and upsets me to hear that."
Even though Kessler-Froch II is being touted as one of the biggest fights of 2013, Ward has little respect for it:
"Let me tell you why Kessler and Froch would rather meet again. It's because it's an easier fight for both of them. If I were Mikkel Kessler then I'd surely be more interested in fighting me again. Get my revenge and my belt back."