Bute's Promoter: Mikkel Kessler Taking The Safer Path

By Ruslan Chikov

Jean Bedard, President of promotional firm InterBox, is surprised with the direction being taken by Mikkel Kessler and his team. As had reported on Friday, Kessler (44-2, 33KOs) is likely heading to a showdown with WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz - after the sanctioning body approved the Danish star's request for a mandatory position.

Bedard's company, on behalf of IBF champion Lucian Bute, made an offer to Kessler for a fall clash. Bute has been trying to get Kessler in the ring since the Danish fighter announced his return from a serious eye injury. Kessler battered French boxer Mehdi Bouadla (22-4, 10 KOs) last Saturday.

Initially, Kessler was going to face comeback opponent Renan St-Juste (22-2-1, 15 KOs), who is also under the banner of InterBox, but went in another direction. After Kessler's team selected Bouadla, Bedard sensed there was incoming trouble with a possible Bute-Kessler encounter.

"Kessler was going to face St. Juste, but they said he was too dangerous for his return. Instead of Renan, who is a left hander like Lucian, they preferred to turn to a European right-handed opponent, who is ranked in the WBO. The WBO champion Robert Stieglitz is a right-handed German. It confirms, however, that they want a different path for him and they understand that it would be less risky for him to face Robert Stieglitz than Lucian Bute," Bedard told 24H.

Bute's trainer, Stephan Larouche, is annoyed with the entire situation.

"The attitude of Kessler's team is discouraging. He sat ringside in Montreal to see the fight between Brian Magee and Lucian. He wanted to see his work and Lucian Renan St-Juste, who was going to be his comeback opponent... and suddenly, St-Juste was too strong for his return and he chose another boxer. It's a little annoying," said Larouche.

Bute returns on July 9 in Bucharest, against Frenchman Jean-Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16 KOs).

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alx. on 06-13-2011

bute is slow? ok

Comment by Spray_resistant on 06-13-2011

Stieglitz is a good fighter, pretty underrated on here actually. Its not a bad fight at all if he goes that route, I would still favor the Danish bot but wouldn't be surprised at all if the over all very…

Comment by BarrySlisk on 06-13-2011

[QUOTE=fastblack;10684773]my God man look at kesslers record there are no significant wins outside of the home job on Froch. Every fight was in Copenhagen. His lopsided losses were to two of the best. Kessler is a very average fighter basically…

Comment by fastblack on 06-12-2011

my God man look at kesslers record there are no significant wins outside of the home job on Froch. Every fight was in Copenhagen. His lopsided losses were to two of the best. Kessler is a very average fighter basically…

Comment by BarrySlisk on 06-12-2011

[QUOTE=fastblack;10682504]Kessler and Bute are made for each other. 2 soft Euros who shy away from the great fighters. Kessie did fight and lose to calzage and ward humiliated Kessie. Bute's career basically is a joke. Let these 2 soft white…

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