Mikkel Kessler welcomes Allan Green to Copenhagen this afternoon. (Photo by Photo Wende)
Today at 4:30 p.m. EDT on BoxNation and 5 p.m. EDT on ESPN3.com, we'll be bringing you live coverage, round-by-round, of the Mikkel Kessler vs Allan Green card in Denmark.
Kessler (44-2, 33 KO) is making a move to the light heavyweight division with this fight, leaving behind his days at super middleweight, where he's been a top contender and titleholder for years now. Both fighters did come in very light for the 175-pound division, with Kessler at 169 and Green at 171, so really, this seems like more an exploratory move from Kessler than a true jump to light heavyweight.
Green (31-3, 21 KO) is an American fighter who has never really gotten over the hump. He's won two straight, albeit against competition far below Kessler's level, following back-to-back losses to Glen Johnson and Andre Ward.
But it could wind up a very intriguing fight, even given that Kessler is and deserves to be a heavy favorite. The 33-year-old Kessler certainly isn't getting younger, and is probably older than his age physically. He hasn't fought in 11 months, and that was a mere tune-up against the grossly overmatched Mehdi Bouadla. He's had some physical issues the last few years, including eye surgery, and things like that can catch up hard and fast in a fighter's career.
Green, 32, has legitimate power, isn't a bad fighter by any means, and doesn't lack physically. For the Tulsa native, it's all about his mental game in this one, and fighting in front of Kessler's fans in Denmark won't be easy.
The undercard is nothing special at all. Cruiserweight hopeful Mateusz Masternak (26-0, 20 KO) of Poland will be facing Hari Miles (7-4, 2 KO) of Wales, and Danish middleweight prospect Patrick Nielsen (14-0, 8 KO) will be taking on Italy's Gaetano Nespro (19-8-1, 3 KO), both of which should be exhibitions more than competitions.
We'll also have live coverage starting at 5:30 of the David Price vs Sam Sexton fight on Sky Sports, but that will be in a separate post. Join us for an afternoon of boxing!