By Oscar Nielsen
Danish three time super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler will be ringside later tonight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, as he watches the Super Six final between Andre Ward of America and Carl Froch of England. He'll be rooting for the Englishman.
For Kessler, losing to Ward in the first stage of the Super Six is still a sore point for the boxer. He wasn't happy with the way he was treated by the American officials and he spoke to Froch to prepare the British boxer for similar incidents of harassment. Kessler won a close decision over Froch in the second stage of the Super Six.
"I've spoken to Carl several times since we met in the ring. In fact, I have just spoken to him. I pick him to win, but you have to be concerned as to how he'll be treated. By the looks of it they treated him fairly so far. The presser went along nicely," Kessler told Danish press.
Kessler had advised Froch to get every agreement in writing and he vividly remembers how he was treated before his fight with Ward:
"I told Froch about all of the little things that stressed me. Just as I had my final [pre-fight] pee, they told me to do a doping-test. In order to do that, I had to drink two liters of water. Not good when you are standing in the dressingroom. And when the final wraps were put on my hands, Ward's trainer said I had to have them re-wrapped. They should have said that earlier," Kesser said.
The boxer added - "Then they said I should get ready to go to the ring in 5 minutes and I started to hit the pads. Then they said '10 more minutes'. That continued for 45 minutes. They wanted to stress me out. It was pure harassment."