German promotional company Sauerland Events reportedly has a press conference scheduled this Friday to announce the important news of Danish star Mikkel Kessler’s comeback to boxing. The 38-year-old Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) will be fighting a tune-up bout during the summer in June. Kessler will then be taking part in the World Super Boxing Series. That’s a big money tournament that is said to be similar to Showtime’s Super Six tournament that Kessler took part in seven years ago.
Kessler has his reasons for wanting to make a comeback. Hopefully, he’s not in need of money. He lost fought in 2013 in losing to Carl Froch in a rematch. Kessler looked good at times in the fight but he appeared not to have the motivation to fight as hard as he needed to. I can’t imagine Kessler being better after 4 years out of the boxing ring. If Kessler is hungry, then that might make up for his skills having eroded. We’ll see how much Kessler has left of his boxing skills when he takes his tune-up fight.
Kessler might have enough talent left to win the tournament. There’s a lot of money to be made by Kessler if he wins the tourney. He can make more money with his comeback than he did during his career.
Kessler dealt with injuries during the Super Six tournament from 2009 to 2010. He might have the same problem in the World Super Boxing Series. At Kessler’s age, it’s going to be difficult for him to stay healthy long enough to win the tournament. He had an eye injury from his first fight with Froch in 2010. He also had a back injury that required him to stay out of the ring for a long time. Fighting in a tournament will be hard for Kessler, because it will require him to fight frequently. He might have a problem doing that given his age and his history of injuries.
Kessler might enough left to beat WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge, who didn’t look very good recently.