The Vacant WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Championship
Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green will settle their differencesCLICK TO WATCH
Mikkel "Viking Warrior" Kessler does battle with Allan "Ghost Dog" Green for the Vacant WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Championship.
Fighting in front of a home crowd in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, Kessler will be roared on by a partisan support at the Parken football stadium as he steps up to light heavyweight.
Kessler and Green had been due to meet two years ago, as the Dane pulled out with an eye injury; there's unfinished business to be taken care of.
Entering the ring with a 44 (33KO) - 2 record, 33-year-old Kessler will be the favourite to add to his impressive collection of belts.
The Dane is a three time World Champion at super middleweight, and will look to win a belt at a second weight category when he steps up to take on Green, May 19th.
Known for his power-punching, natural light heavyweight Allan Green will bring a 31 (21KO) - 3 record into the ring when he takes on Kessler.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Green has previously held the WBO NABO super middleweight belt. In 2010, he lost against Andre Ward as he challenged for the WBA Super World Super Middleweight crown.
Kessler has always been a world-level fighter in the super middleweight division, but this match marks his debut as a light heavyweight. As a super middleweight, Kessler was for a long time been one of the best in the division, and it took someone as special as Joe Calzaghe to shake him from the top spot back in 2007.
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Since his loss to Calzaghe, Kessler's only top-level win is a unanimous decision against Carl Froch in 2010. In his other elite fight Kessler lost out to Andre Ward, although we now know that there is no shame in that. For Green's part, he doesn't have any significant top level wins, and last year he lost to Andre Ward and Glen Johnson.
Losing to Andre Ward isn't the only thing these two have in common. A lot has been made lately of Kessler's age, with some writing him off as "past it". We all know that boxers age quicker than your average man, but at 32, Kessler is not over the hill. There have been signs of slowing reactions in his last fights, but these aren't enough to become alarming. Besides, Green is also 32 years old and will share the same problems as Kessler.
For me, this is a Kessler stoppage. Green is going to fight like a dog, but ultimate Kessler will put an end to things by KO. The only way I can see Green winning is if Kessler has declined much more than we fought, and Green puts in a career-great performance.
You can watch Kessler vs Green on Boxnation on May 19th.
In news that should excite basically nobody, Mikkel Kessler will be moving up to light heavyweight with his next fight on May 19, facing American Allan Green in Denmark. Kessler was originally supposed to face WBO super middleweight titlist Robert Stieglitz in November, and then in April, but that fight was canceled after never really seeming like it was happening in the first place.