By Edward Chaykovsky
Promotional Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event doesn't expect Andre Ward to come to the table for a rematch with Mikkel Kessler. On December 8th in Denmark, Kessler (45-2, 34KOs) will face Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25KOs) for the vacant WBA "regular" title. The World Boxing Association has ordered the winner to face Ward, the "super champion" at 168, in six months.
Sauerland sees a lot of possible options for the Kessler, if he wins, but not a fight with Ward. A more likely scenario is a rematch with IBF champion Carl Froch. Kessler lost an eleven round technical decision to Ward in 2009 and then won a twelve round unanimous decision over Froch in 2010.
“Against Andre Ward we had the worst referee I’ve ever seen in a boxing ring. Mikkel had three cuts after five rounds and there are always excuses but just look at the tape yourself, there are headbutts and elbows. We have been chasing Mr. Ward for a rematch but he chooses his own opponents. People who have been in the ring with Mikkel don’t tend to want to give him a rematch. Andre Ward is very protected by his network in the States. For the winner [of the Magee fight] it could possibly lead to a Froch fight," Sauerland told Irish Boxing.
"Mikkel’s fight with Calzaghe was a very tough fight and a financially very interesting fight. He was under certain pressures going in and had a bad training camp. He always wanted a rematch, maybe in Denmark, and it never happened. But let’s first concentrate on December 8 and this great advert for boxing. I see this fight as being a war, with two punchers coming out and going to war.”