At age 38 and after a four year retirement, ESPN reports that Danish super middleweight Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) has decided to come back to boxing to seek a sixth world title. Kessler made the announcement last Friday alongside longtime promoter Kalle Sauerland.
"I want to prove that I can become the best again. The goal is to become world champion for the sixth time,'' Kessler said. "I've always said that if I wake up one day and the motivation is there, I'll take the chance, and now the timing is right. I still have a great team around me with a chef, physical trainer, therapist and boxing coach. The desire is still there, and I'm ready to make it happen."
Kessler was last in action against Carl Froch in May of 2013 when he lost a unanimous decision in a rematch of his Super Six victory over the former British fighter.
Who, where, and when Kessler will fight in his return bout has yet to be determined, but the fighter says he’s kept himself in good shape and if ready to jump back into the fray, making it clear that this move isn’t about needing money.
"It's not about the money. It's about doing what my heart tells me to do. I've always loved big challenges and this is a chance to really test myself. We've not decided on a date or an opponent yet. I'm just looking forward to fighting in front of my fans again. For me, it has always been about the fans, and I promise to do everything I can to ensure they get to see entertaining fights."
At his best Kessler was a real force at super middleweight, but tell me fans, do you think that this move will shake up the division at all, or is Kessler too far past it to make any real waves?