Mikkel Kessler to fight on, plans return in late 2014

Scott Heavey

Former super middleweight titleholder Mikkel Kessler contemplated retirement after his 2013 loss to Carl Froch, but the Danish star says he's decided to box on, and is looking to return in October or November of this year.

"I've thought a lot about whether I should continue my career,'' said Kessler via press release from Sauerland Event. "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."

Kessler (46-3, 35 KO) lost a clear but competitive decision to Froch in May 2013 at the O2 Arena in London, ending a four-fight win streak that started following his 2009 loss to Andre Ward, the fight that propelled Ward from prospect to top fighter.

The 35-year-old "Viking Warrior" says he's still got passion for the sport, and that's why he's fighting on.

"I still have a desire for boxing. I still love to train, and I believe that I can become a world champion again," he said.

Kessler also isn't looking to make easy fights, with the top names all on his list.

"Now that I've made the decision, it's all in. I'm ready for all the big names out there. Whether it's Ward, Golovkin or Groves, I'm ready. A third fight against Froch, why not? I'll be ready for that too.

"I'm not rusty, but it's been a while since I've boxed, so a fight in October or November would suit me best. At that point, I'd like to have a big fight.

"Like I said; it's all in now. There is no turning back and I believe that I can do it. You don't become world champion five times, if you don't believe in yourself."

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