Palle: Kessler vs Häussler is a purse bid I did not want to win

Through 50 years of promoting boxing, Hall Of Fame promoter Mogens Palle has experienced many crazy things. Now the Denmark-based promoter has a new one to add to his list. "I am getting phone calls from boxing people and from media types," Palle said Monday..

"They are congratulating me for not winning the WBA super middleweight title purse bid. Sauerland Events will promote our champion, Mikkel Kessler, against the long-inactive German, Danilo Haussler, who has only fought twice since December of 2006. I said from the start that this was a gross and brutal mismatch and that I wanted to have no responsibility for the health and welfare of the so limited Haussler. Now the reponsibility for what happens in this terrible mismatch falls only on the shoulders of Sauerland and the WBA."

Sauerland bid $1.14 million to win the purse bid for the bout. Kessler will receive 60 percent of the purse with the remainder to Haussler.

"This is a purse bid I did not want to win," Palle said. "This fight will happen without my involvement as a promoter. I'm happy for that and happy that the Germans won the purse bid. I just hope there is no unfortunate injury to Haussler. And I hope they will not hold this in Denmark where it could really hurt the sport of boxing."

Article posted on 22.07.2008

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