by Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
MIKKEL KESSLER insists he has no fears over an old eye injury leaving him blinded by his Carl Froch rematch.
The rival world super-middleweight champions clash at London’s O2 Arena on May 25 in what will be the biggest fight in Britain this year.
Kessler, 33 who has an English mother, controversially out-pointed Froch in April 2010 but then had to pull out of the Super Six tournament and put his career on hold because of double vision.
He did not box for another ten months and has only had three fights since beating Nottingham hero Froch in Denmark.
The Viking Warrior admits his career came perilously close to being over – but says there are no concerns about the injury recurring again.
He said: “No, I don’t worry about losing my sight. I talked to the eye doctor and he said the nerve’s right and nothing’s wrong now.
“I can break my nose next time, I can get knocked out and it’s not a problem. But when you are a fighter you can’t think of that.
“The injury meant I was close to stopping my career because they said if the nerve’s not going to grow together, then we have to operate.
“But I have a good eye doctor in Denmark and he said I couldn’t rotate my eyes, and that was the problem.
“So, the more I get tired, the more cross-eyed I get.
“Only when I was looking downwards did I get double vision.
“I had my eye injury already before my fight with Andre Ward. It started in sparring, so was there the first time I fought Carl.
“I didn’t have the operation in the end and they said it could take up to one and one and a half years to heal.
“So I had to wait it out and it was like nothing was getting better until after six months. It was very worrying for me and my family.”