Four time super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler has announced his retirement from the sport of professional boxing.
Kessler had been looking to secure fights against either Andre Ward or Nottingham’s Carl Froch and with neither materialising, the Dane has called time on his career.
Retirement for Kessler
Speaking to Boxingscene, Kessler said: “I have thought long and hard over the options, which have been made available, but none of these options are enough to get me motivated. This is not a question of money, in fact these offers have been for great purses, but it is about motivation.
"These are fights that motivate me but, for one reason or another, they (Ward and Froch) do not want to fight me. I am always in training, it is part of my life, but I now consider myself in a state of retirement."
“These are fights that motivate me but, for one reason or another, they (Ward and Froch) do not want to fight me. I am always in training, it is part of my life, but I now consider myself in a state of retirement.”
Despite the disappointment in failing to poach a huge final fight, Kessler will go down in history as one the finest fighters in his generation of the supper middleweight division.
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Rise to the top
The Danish Viking captured the WBA super middleweight title in November 2004, stopping Manny Siaca in seven rounds and added the WBC title two years later with a third-round knock out of Marcus Beyer.
Kessler lost his unbeaten record in a huge unification bout with the legendary Joe Calzaghe in 2007, but rebounded from the loss by reclaiming the WBA title against Dimitri Sartison.
Super Six tournament
The Super Six tournament was a mixed bag for Kessler as he was dominated by the ever-impressive Andre Ward but again rebounded, this time to overcome Carl Froch and claim the WBC title.
In a rematch with the Englishman in May 2013, Froch was a step ahead of Kessler, who had previously been out of action with a serious eye injury which forced him out of the Super Six tournament and lost via unanimous points decision.
After not being able to arrange a rematch with Ward or a decisive third fight with Froch, Kessler has announced his retirement from the ring.
He had this message for his fans: "I would like to thank all the fans for supporting me throughout my career. It has been an absolute pleasure stepping into the ring, home as well as abroad."
With an impressive record of 46-3, boasting 35 knockouts, Kessler can hang up his gloves a proud champion.