By Per Ake Persson
Former world champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) tells Danish paper Jyllandsposten that he will not participate in the World Boxing Super Series despite being given a Wild Card to enter the tournament.
"I´m still training to get back to back in fighting shape," says Kessler to Jyllandsposten.
"After four years out, I am absolutely not ready to fight at the highest level yet. It would irresponsible of me to enter the tournament and I have always said that it is not because of the money I am coming back."
Kessler says he is ready to return in October or November but not against a top name. If all goes well the Viking Warrior says he might be able to fight the winner of the WBSS tournament next year.
This is probably bad news for the people behind the WBSS Tournament as Mikkel Kessler remains the biggest name in the Scandinavian market even four years after his last fight.
Kessler last saw action in 2013, when he lost a very competitive twelve round decision in a rematch with Carl Froch.
The veteran was a participant in the Super Six tournament from 2009 to 2010. He lost a decision in the first stage to Andre Ward and defeated Froch in the second stage of fights. On August 25, 2010,Kessler withdrew from the tournament citing an eye injury and his WBC world title was vacated. He didn't fight again until June of 2011.