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Kessler's Manager Fires Back: Andre Ward Held 88 Times!
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By Oscar Nielsen

Mikkel Kessler's manager and advisor Allan Back, speaking to Danish network Sporten, fired back at unified super middleweight champion Andre Ward. ran a recent article and video interview with Ward, where the boxer said he "lost all respect" for Kessler - stating the Danish boxer created excuses to explain his technical decision loss when they faced each other in the Super Six. Back says Ward is wrong when he says Kessler is lying about several headbutts that occurred in their 2009 encounter in Oakland, California:

"If we take the main issues about the headbutts, that Ward calls accidental, and the boring style, you just have to look at the fight and ask yourself if it's not spoiling and boring when he clinches 88 times", Back says and continues.

"That's the number of times he held Kessler and that in itself tells you a bit about Ward's style. Mikkel Kessler has not said, as claimed by Ward, that the loss was due to the headbutts. Kessler said that the butts and the injuries had an effect on him. He is not using it as an excuse."

"In any case Kessler does not worry about Ward right now. All he thinks about is his upcoming fight with Carl Froch in Nottingham, the Cobra's home country. Ward should learn from that. If he is so eager to fight Kessler, he should come to Denmark. Mikkel has been to Oakland and fought on his terms. Ward has never left his country which sums it up pretty well."

Tags: Andre Ward , Mikkel Kessler

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comment by Cuban Linx, on 11-08-2015
Kessler was pretty overrated imo. He was slow, flat footed and had absolutely no idea what do when a fighter got close to him. That was partly due to the fact that he only faced European fighters who didn't have inside games. He looked so bad against Ward, and I think he was stunned that another ...

comment by Jubei, on 11-08-2015
Ward should have been DQed. That was just gross.

comment by krazyn8tive, on 11-08-2015
I remember watching that fight live thinking Ward was intentionally head butting. Funny thing is Ward had the audacity to complain during and after the bika fight that bika was using his head. Smh diva status

comment by Freedom., on 11-08-2015

comment by tokon, on 11-08-2015
[QUOTE=Michael Paine]You're are joking right? Wlad held 55 times in 3 rounds against Mormeck, Wlad holds a lot more than Ward but he gets a pass by most. The rules need to start being enforced, letting some fighters get away with constantly breaking them is ruining the sport. The holding slows th...

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