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Kessler: Ward Has No Guts, I'll Fight Him in The U.S.

By Oscar Nielsen & Luke Furman

The winner of the upcoming fight for the WBA "regular" super middleweight belt between Brian Magee and Mikkel Kessler, is set to become the mandatory challenger to WBA super champion Andre Ward. If Denmark's Kessler (45-2, 34KOs) gets the shot, he is certain Ward won't be leaving the United States.

Kessler, who was the champion at the time, traveled to the United States to fight Ward in the first round of the Super Six tournament in 2009. Ward won an eleven round technical decision.

"That fight will never come to Denmark because he doesn't have the guts. But I'd be happy to go to the United States again. I want to show the world that I am not afraid to travel anywhere. I've never been afraid of that," Kessler said.

Even though the Danish superstar would rather not talk about Ward, he admits that the chance of gaining revenge motivates him:

"Of course the Ward fight is the carrot [dangling above]. It is obviously a dream for me to get a chance at redemption against a guy who defeated me," Kessler said.

The oft-injured Dane is back at full strenght. He tells news agency ritzau:

"I feel fine. Just a little soreness in my shoulder because of the training. I have no problems with my eyes and my back is working like it should."

The fight between Mikkel Kessler and Brian Magee takes place in Herning, Denmark on December 8.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 11-16-2012

[QUOTE=Dr Rumack;12701381]Ward isn't as 'spectacular' as Sergio. He's an outstanding fighter, P4P #2 at least in my opinion, but he's not really a thrilling fighter for the wider public to watch. He just shuts down opponents and dominates them. Which…

Comment by Light_Speed on 11-16-2012

This coming from a guy who could very well have lost to Froch if the fight didn't take place in his home country.

Comment by 1prodz on 11-16-2012

Ward is in a tough spot right now because his position in boxing is kind of undefined, is he the best 168er in the world or the best 175er in the world. Because he beat the Best 75er in the…

Comment by -Kev- on 11-16-2012

I like Kessler but he needs to stop this. Ward was handing him his ass even before the headbutts. For the first 7 rounds Ward fought a clean fight, then headbutts came sparingly and Kessler couldn't do much of anything…

Comment by John Åge on 11-16-2012

Ward should return Kesslers favour and fight him in Copenhagen as champ. Ward would most likely win but he would gain a lot of respect. Maybe even a fanbase after all his fight in Jokeland.

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