Kessler fought three years as an amateur. He finished his amateur career with a record of 44-3. He won the Danish Championship five times in addition to the Norwegian Championship and the Scandinavian Championship.
Kessler originally campaigned as a light middleweight and then middleweight for the first 22 fights of his career. He won 16 of his first 22 fights by knockout.
After 3 years and 22 fights, Kessler settled in the super middleweight division and continued his hard hitting streak, dispatching 6 of his first 7 opponents by KO, thereby improving his record to 29-0 with 22 KO.
On November 29, 2002, Kessler fought for his first championship and defeated former World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Dingaan Thobela over twelve rounds to become International Boxing Association champion. He gave up this belt to fight for the more recognized WBC International title on April 11, 2003, versus Craig Cummings. Kessler won by a knockout in the third round.
He defended his title on three occasions before finally hitting it big on November 12, 2004. His stablemate, Mads Larsen, another Danish World Class fighter, was set to challenge Manny Siaca for the WBA championship in Copenhagen. Larsen was injured in training and Kessler took the fight on short notice, winning the title.
Kessler defended his title against Anthony Mundine in Sydney in June 2005 and Eric Lucas in January 2006.
On October 14, 2006, Kessler was elevated to WBA "super champion" status after winning the WBC title in a unification battle against WBC World Champion Markus Beyer at the Parken Stadium. He won by knockout Round 3.
In 2007, Kessler then met fellow undefeated champion Joe Calzaghe. The bout took place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in front of over 60,000 fans (then, the largest indoor boxing event in European history). On the line were the WBO,WBA,WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles. Kessler lost the unification bout via unanimous decision in a hard-fought bout.
Kessler faced Dimitri Sartison on June 21, 2008 for the vacant WBA Super Middleweight regular title. Kessler won the match by knockout in the 12th round.
Super Six Tournament
On November 21, 2009 Kessler lost his title to Andre Ward. The fight was stopped in the eleventh round due to cuts on Kessler's face caused by what was deemed unintentional headbutts by Ward. The fight went to the scorecards and Ward was far ahead by scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93 at the time of the stoppage.
On April 24. 2010 Kessler returned to form against Britain's undefeated WBC Champion Carl Froch in a match that was (to date) one of the best matches in Danish boxing ever. The contest went the distance and Kessler was handed a close (borderline controversial) unanimous decision with scores of 115-113, 116-112, and a highly suspect 117-111. With the win, Kessler became a two time WBC Champion, handing Carl Froch his first defeat in the process.
A day after defeating Froch, Kessler announced he was withdrawing from the Super Six tournament due to the worsening of the eye injury he suffered in his fight against Ward. According to Ekstra Bladet newspaper, Kessler stated he was seeing double. Doctors told him he must take a nine month break from boxing.
Kessler returned to the ring in June 2011 with an impressive 6th round KO of Medhi Boudadla.
On Volbeat's album Beyond Hell/ Above Heaven there is a song dedicated to Mikkel Kessler named "A Warrior's Call" which contains the lyrics "The viking warrior Mikkel Kessler".
Kessler is sponsored by Jack&Jones clothing and can often be seen wearing the brand whilst training and as well on his underwear and shorts at weigh-ins and fights.
Kessler is the younger brother of adult model and actress Linse Christiansen.
Major World Titles
WBA Super Middleweight
WBC Super Middleweight
WBA Super Middleweight
2008 - 09
WBC Super Middleweight
UD 12 Carl Froch - 2010
KO 3 Markus Beyer - 2006
TKO 10 Eric Lucas - 2006
UD 12 Anthony Mundine - 2005
KO 1 Julio Cesar Green - 2004
TD 11 Andre Ward - 2009
UD 12 Joe Calzaghe - 2007
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