Exclusive: Sauerland talks Kessler return, Froch trilogy chances and explains WBSS absence

Joe Hewlett 08/08/2017

An immiment comeback which is set to ignite boxing fans alight is the return of former super-middleweight supremo Mikkel Kessler.

The 38-year-old revealed his intentions to step back into the ring earlier this year in March. One half of the Sauerland Promotions, Kalle Sauerland has confirmed a fight has been arranged for later this year.

“He will fight in the autumn and we’ll announce that in the next week with a ranked challenger who’s a very tough guy,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.

The Dane was selected as a wildcard option for the World Boxing Super Series, though he kindly rejected the offer.

Sauerland admitted he pondered his decision but is optimistic ahead of his upcoming scheduled bout.

“He felt he wasn’t quite ready for tournament yet which I understand. I almost question myself why he didn’t go into the tournament, he was offered the wildcard to go in but maybe it was the fact he had to work within a time frame and maybe that influenced him.

“Mikkel has always been a wise guy. Kessler is back in boxing for the right reasons, he’s certainly not in it for the money and is probably one of the most modest fighters you’ll ever meet. He lives on a farm, doesn’t drive Ferraris and looks after his money very well so it’s certainly for the right reasons.

“If he wants to, he could also be a very good trainer one day I believe that.”

Kelle, one half of Sauerland Promotions alongside brother Nisse, has confirmed Kessler will fight at super-middleweight.

“He’ll definitely be fighting at super-middleweight, he’s at weight right now, he looks phenomenal.”

Carl Froch sent social media into meltdown when he tweeted his interest in a trilogy with Kessler back in March. ‘The Cobra’ avenged his defeat to the ‘Viking Warrior’ in a thrilling battle back in May 2013.

However, any chance of a third contest between the duo seems very slim indeed according to Kelle.

“He’s living the highlife now,” he laughed.

“Joking aside, as a fan and obviously as a promoter as well, I’d love to see that again who wouldn’t? Will it happen, I don’t know. I don’t think he’d come back for a twelve-round war with Kessler.

“Credit to Carl though, he’s had a great career and did things people can only dream of,” he concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95