Mikkel Kessler is 34 and has been a professional for more than 15 years. He's got a Hall of Fame-worthy resume and has met some of the best fighters of his time.
And yet, outside of the most hardcore boxing fans, he's virtually anonymous in the U.S. and doesn't have a particularly solid following anywhere other than in Europe.
It's a tragedy, because Kessler has all the elements to be a superstar here, yet he's not even remotely close to one.
Today, he finds himself in a remarkably similar position to where he was nearly six years ago, when he traveled to Wales to meet Joe Calzaghe in a battle of unbeaten super middleweight champions.
Kessler was 28, owner of a 39-0 record and was believed by many to be one of the world's elite fighters. Yet, he was also seen as a protected, coddled fighter who fought primarily in the comfort of his home base in Denmark against good, but not great, opposition.
In a decision loss to Calzaghe, he not only left his comfort zone, but he dared to take onRead More »from Mikkel Kessler looking to boost his rep with a title victory over Carl Froch