Kessler Hand Injury Postpones Title Fight with Stieglitz

Written by Lee Cleveland at Oct 11, 2011 - 07:37PM ET in News
Sauerland looking for a new date for the Super Middleweight WBO world championship

Unfortunately for Mikkel Kessler, the "Viking Warrior" has incurred an injury to his right hand during training camp. The WBO Super Middleweight Championship fight scheduled for November 5th in Copenhagen's Parken Stadium against Robert Stieglitz will not take place as planned. The new date will be announced as soon as possible and all tickets remain valid.

"This is a huge disappointment," said Kessler. "The preparation went very well, I was already in top form. But then I injured my right hand in a normal workout. This is very annoying. After some time off, everything should be okay."


Robert Stieglitz replied, "It's a shame that the duel which was to be held on November 5th will not happen. I'm in top shape and was looking forward to the fight with Mikkel. I wish all the best for his recovery and hope that he may soon climb back into the ring."

Together with the transmitted television broadcasters - ARD in Germany, TV2 in Denmark and SHOWTIME in America - promoter Kalle Sauerland and Ulf Steinforth now seek a new date, possibly in December.

"We were all looking forward to November 5th," said Kalle Sauerland. "It's a shame that Mikkel was hurt, but after a short pause by the recommendation of his doctor, he can train again. To defeat Stieglitz, Mikkel has to be in top form. We are working hard on a new date."

Stieglitz manager Ulf Steinforth added, "We are disappointed Mikkel Kessler has to postpone the fight and we hope that he gets cured quickly. We are looking forward to the fight happening at a later date."

Kessler last fought on June 4th against Mehdi Bouadla, whom he defeated by technical knockout in the sixth round. Since then, he was deemed the mandatory challenger for Stieglitz, who had fought against Khoren Gevor this past March in a controversial decision victory for his fourth successful title defense.

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