There are 58.482 boxer records, at least 547.366 bouts and 9.476 news archived

Home Italy Schedule Results Ratings Amateur Records Amateur Encyclopedia Contacts Reserved Area

News

KESSLER RETIRES, FROCH INJURED

 

 

Kessler is retiring and Froch is vacating his title

Mikkel Kessler: 'It's about motivation'

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

 
Mikkel Kessler, who won versions of the super middleweight world title four times, participated in some of the biggest fights in the history of the 168-pound weight class and became perhaps the greatest fighter in the history of Denmark, has announced his retirement from boxing.
Kessler had not fought since losing a unanimous decision to England's Carl Froch in a super middleweight unification rematch in London in May 2013 and announced last May that he intended to end his long layoff and return to the ring. But he had not fought since that declaration because he said he could not get the fights that motivated him.
Still unable to secure a fight meaningful enough to him, Kessler, known as "The Viking Warrior," elected to retire.
"I have thought long and hard over the options, which have been made available, but none of these options are enough to get me motivated," Kessler wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday. "My promoter (Sauerland Event) has done a great job in creating these, but unfortunately the opportunities in the division are currently limited. I said at the time when I would fight on that I would need the right fights to motivate me. This is not a question of money. In fact these offers have been for great purses, but it is about motivation. After all if you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
"I need big events to make me train to get me to the standard that I have been used to presenting my fans with. I said I would like nothing more than to avenge my loss against Andre Ward and also to have the decider against Carl Froch. These are fights that motivate me, but for one reason or another, they do not want to fight me. I am always in training. It is part of my life, but I consider myself in a state of retirement. Finally, I would like to thank all of my fans for supporting me throughout my career. It has been an absolute pleasure stepping into the ring, home as well as abroad."
Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs), who will turn 36 on March 1, turned pro in March 1998 and won his first 39 fights, including a seventh-round knockout of Puerto Rico's Manny Siaca in Denmark to win his first world title in November 2004.
Kessler defended the belt four times, including going to former titleholder Anthony Mundine's turf in Australia for a clear decision win in his first defense.
Kessler also defended the belt against former titleholders Eric Lucas and Markus Beyer as well as top contender Librado Andrade. Those victories set the stage for a much-anticipated, three-belt unification fight with fellow undefeated titleholder Joe Calzaghe, of Wales, to determine 168-pound supremacy.
They met Nov. 3, 2007, in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in one of the biggest fights in division history, and Calzaghe, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June, prevailed via unanimous decision to hand Kessler his first defeat.
Kessler bounced back in his next bout to win another belt, stopping Dimitri Sartison in the 12th round to win a vacant belt. Kessler made two defenses before entering Showtime's high-profile Super Six World Boxing Classic, a six-man round-robin tournament involving six of the world's elite super middleweights.
In his first bout of the Super Six, Kessler, who was the favorite to win the tournament, traveled to Ward's hometown of Oakland, California, and was manhandled in a one-sided 11th-round technical decision loss in November 2009.
In his next bout of the tournament, in April 2010, Kessler returned home and won a rousing unanimous decision in an action-packed and competitive fight against Froch to claim another world title. Kessler never defended the title, dropping out of the tournament because of an eye injury.
After a 14-month layoff, Kessler returned in June 2011. He won three fights in a row by knockout, including a third-round blowout of Brian Magee to win another title in December 2012.
A rematch had been talked about since the first fight and they finally got together for the highly anticipated unification bout; England's Froch had won another belt after losing his to Kessler in their first fight. They met again in May 2013 before a sold-out crowd at the O2 Arena in London for one of the year's biggest fights, and Froch rolled to a unanimous decision.
A year after that fight, Froch said at a news conference in Copenhagen that he planned to continue fighting, saying, "I've thought a lot about whether I should continue my career. I became a father and I have a life outside of boxing that I really appreciate. I've got a special responsibility. So it was not a decision I took lightly. But I still feel I have something to prove. I hate to lose. And I lost my last fight against Carl Froch. Many thought that I would quit, but I owe it to myself and my fans to finish on top. My last performance showed that I still belong at the top. And I know that my fans believe in me.
"I've talked with my team, the people around me, and they are ready to support me on the journey to become world champion again. I still have a desire for boxing. I still love to train, and I believe that I can become a world champion again. Now that I've made the decision, it's all in. I'm ready for all the big names out there."
Unable to get any of the big-name opponents he hoped to fight, however, Kessler decided to retire..

 

 

 Don Rafael

Sourceespn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/12268059/mikkel-kessler-retires-boxing

 

 

 

 

Archive

COULSON AND PEERS SECURE WORLD CROWNS

Latest fare headed by two World Championship contests By Gianluca Di Caro and photographs courtesy of Rob Callum Roe On Saturday night a capacity crowd packed into the Shirebrook Leisure Centre in Mansfield to watch ...

22/09/2022

PERSSON'S EURO RESULTS

EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson Sep 18, Kaspiysk, RUS, Probox LLC 10x3: Zachary Dzhabrailov, 61,1, TKO 1 (0.39) Kamran Cabbarzade, 61,2, Aze 4x3: Magomed Omarov, 69,0,&...

21/09/2022

PERSSON'S EURO RESULTS

EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson Sep 11, Tjeljabinsk, RUS, RMK Boxing Promotion LLC 10x3: Zaur Abdullaev, 62,5, TKO 6 (not out) Jovanni Straffon, 62,25, 50-45 on a...

16/09/2022

PERSSON'S EURO RESULTS

EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson Aug 27, Hamburg, GER, EC Boxing Gym, EC Boxing h: Viktor Faust, Ger W 8 (80-72) Kevin Johnson, US/Ger c: Nino Kolicic, Ger W 4&nbs...

05/09/2022

JOHNNY FAMECHON PASSED AWAY AT 77

Johnny Famechon, former feather boxing champion, dies at 77 www.espn.com MELBOURNE, Australia -- Former boxing world champion Johnny Famechon has died in Melbourne after a lengthy illness. He was 77. ...

08/08/2022

PERSSON'S EURO RESULTS

EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson July 23, Inca, Mallorca, SPA: 8x3: Jon Martinez, 58,0, Spa TKO 6 Aritz Pardal, 57,5, Spa 4x2, fly: Cristina Navarro, Spa&nbs...

29/07/2022

PERSSON'S EURO RESULTS

EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson July 16, Magdeburg, GER; Maritim Hotel, SES, bdb 10x3, Michael Eifert, 79,0, Ger W10-U Adriano Sperandio, 79,2, Ita Eifert won the...

20/07/2022

PERSSON'S EURO RESULTS

EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson July 10, Sequals, ITA: Etinosa Oliha, 71.400, Ita TKO 6 (Rtd) Khati Sofiane 71.450, Fra (vacante IBO Mediterranean middleweight ti...

13/07/2022

Other news

12/10/2021 - Tony DeMarco passes
15/03/2021 - RUMBLE IN DAR
14/12/2017 - R.I.P. KENNY BARR
09/03/2017 - LOU DUVA DIES AT 94
19/02/2017 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/02/2017 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/02/2017 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
04/01/2017 - EURO NEWS
20/12/2016 - EURO NEWS
15/12/2016 - EURO NEWS
08/12/2016 - EURO NEWS
02/12/2016 - EURO NEWS
28/11/2016 - EURO NEWS
24/11/2016 - EURO NEWS
21/11/2016 - EURO NEWS
19/10/2016 - EURO NEWS
12/10/2016 - EURO NEWS
06/10/2016 - EURO NEWS
04/10/2016 - NORDIC NEWS
28/09/2016 - EURO NEWS
24/09/2016 - EURO NEWS
20/09/2016 - EURO NEWS
15/09/2016 - EURO NEWS
06/09/2016 - EURO NEWS
30/08/2016 - EURO NEWS
26/08/2016 - EURO NEWS
18/08/2016 - NORDIC NEWS
28/07/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
27/07/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
17/07/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
13/07/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
05/07/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
30/06/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
27/06/2016 - GERMAN NEWS
21/06/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
13/06/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
07/06/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/06/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
02/06/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
26/05/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
24/05/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/05/2016 - ARSLAN BACK JUNE 4
19/05/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/05/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
30/01/2016 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
29/12/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/12/2015 - THE TEPER CASE
18/12/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
07/12/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
24/11/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
20/11/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/11/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
09/11/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
20/10/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
12/10/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/10/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/10/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
28/09/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
25/09/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
17/09/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
10/09/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
02/09/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
18/08/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
10/08/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/08/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
31/07/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
25/07/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/07/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
30/06/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
28/06/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/06/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
22/06/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
13/06/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
05/06/2015 - THE REAL ROCKYS
01/06/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
21/05/2015 - IL FIGHTER D'ITALIA
04/05/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
29/04/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
18/04/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/04/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
09/04/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/03/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/03/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
16/03/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
07/03/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/03/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/02/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
17/02/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
15/02/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
01/02/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
27/01/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
25/01/2015 - MARSILI vs TATLI?
15/01/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
15/01/2015 - 2014 WBF AWARDS
11/01/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
09/01/2015 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/01/2015 - SCANDINAVIAN NEWS
22/12/2014 - FRITZ SDUNEK PASSES
15/12/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
11/12/2014 - GERMAN NEWS
01/12/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
27/11/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
15/11/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/11/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
28/10/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
30/09/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
20/09/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
13/09/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
04/09/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
27/08/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
13/08/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
04/08/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/07/2014 - YANCHY vs SATCHELL
22/07/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
11/07/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
22/06/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
10/06/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/06/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
26/05/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/05/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/05/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/05/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
13/05/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
29/04/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
18/04/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
08/04/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/04/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
31/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
26/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
11/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
10/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
04/03/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
25/02/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
24/02/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
21/02/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
20/02/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/02/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
07/02/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
30/01/2014 - SPANISH NEWS
28/01/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
13/01/2014 - GYULA TOROK PASSES
12/01/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
09/01/2014 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/12/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
10/12/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
26/11/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
21/11/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/11/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
18/11/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
15/11/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/11/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
12/11/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
22/10/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
14/10/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
08/10/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/10/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
30/09/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
16/09/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
08/09/2013 - MARCO HUCK INJURED
06/09/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/09/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/08/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/07/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
15/07/2013 - VARON STOPPED
10/07/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
02/07/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
25/06/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/06/2013 - CARAMELITO NEWS
21/06/2013 - PULEV vs DIMITRENKO
18/06/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
11/06/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
11/06/2013 - HOT ITALIAN SUMMER
10/06/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/06/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/05/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
12/05/2013 - NSUBUGA PASSES
12/05/2013 - MAGNUSSEN PASSES
07/05/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
23/04/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
18/04/2013 - OPI 2000 NEWS
08/04/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/03/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
08/03/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
11/02/2013 - BEDAK RETURNS
27/01/2013 - KASPERSKI RETIRES
26/01/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
21/01/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
15/01/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
03/01/2013 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
01/01/2013 - HAPPY NEW YEAR
26/12/2012 - CHARR DEFEATS AIRIC
25/12/2012 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS
22/12/2012 - GROVES vs NDIAYE
16/11/2012 - RUMBLE OF THE KINGS
12/11/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
31/10/2012 - HASKINS vs JAMOYE
23/10/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
19/10/2012 - ROSSITTO vs BACURIN
11/10/2012 - SES SHOW NOV 16
11/10/2012 - BOYTSOV ILL
08/10/2012 - ABRAHAM vs BOUADLA
28/09/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
26/09/2012 - RABCHENKO vs VITU
24/09/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
20/09/2012 - SANTOS vs NADER
10/09/2012 - FIGHT 4 PEACE
06/09/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
04/09/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
02/09/2012 - RESULTS FROM YSTAD
26/08/2012 - KESSLER vs ABRAHAM?
21/08/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
17/08/2012 - HAAPOJA vs VERSACI
10/08/2012 - PARODI vs OBA
07/08/2012 - PIANTEA vs BOTHA
03/08/2012 - ZAVECK INJURED
30/07/2012 - WBC WEEKEND SUMMARY
26/07/2012 - ABOUT UNIVERSUM
17/07/2012 - PERSSON'S EURO NEWS
06/07/2012 - BETTINI PASSES
13/06/2012 - JAMOYE OUT; HALL IN
10/06/2012 - PAVLIK STOPS SIGMON
10/06/2012 - DI ROCCO vs BAUWENS