Mikkel Kessler’s Retirement, 10 Years On

November 15, 2023
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It has been ten years since Mikkel Kessler retired from the sport of boxing. 

Kessler had a remarkable career, having won the WBA and WBC super middleweight championship belts on more than one occasion to become one of the best 168-pounders.

In 2014, the Danish boxer stopped Manny Siaca to secure the WBA super-middleweight title. This was followed up by a stoppage of Markus Beyer in the third round to claim the WBC belt.

His most iconic fights were against Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch. Kessler would ultimately fall short in his unification against Calzaghe as he lost via a unanimous decision in 2007.

Such a loss was no shame, given that Calzaghe remained unbeaten until he retired with a record of 46-0. Meanwhile, Kessler handed Froch the first loss of his career before the Brit avenged the defeat to take their rivalry to 1-1.

Although there were talks over a trilogy, the fight never got made. And given that some time has passed since Kessler’s last fight, which was a unanimous-decision loss to Froch, the boxer looked back on his career with fond memories. 

Kessler On His Retirement

“I can’t believe it myself but still the retirement – I’m happy. My wife [Lea] was pregnant at the time with my first child [Romeo] and he’s driving go-karts now. I’m training some fighters; I’m training myself, not so much boxing but weightlifting and running and all kinds of stuff that I want to do, and I’m in some companies now. Plumber companies, building construction companies and security companies.

“Sometimes I miss it a lot, but I don’t miss the training up to the fight. A new life began for me when Romeo was born, and only 21 months after that I got a girl, Rosa-Lia – she’s seven years old. Now we’ve got a boy, again, named Helios, and he’s four years old. A lot of other things to attend to and to think of instead of boxing,” Kessler 

Although Kessler ended his career with a lost, the boxer has left a legacy for other fighters to follow. And there is no getting away from that.

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