Kessler vs Beyer is on for Copenhagen Oct 14!

By Per Ake Persson: July 11, Copenhagen, Denmark: WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer, 34-2-1, and the WBA counterpart Mikkel Kessler, 37-0, signed contracts today for a unification bout October 14 at the Parken Stadion in Copenhagen. Both Sauerland Eventīs CEO Chris Meyer and Team Palleīs matchmaker Mogens Palle acknowledged that negotiations to make the fight had been long and hard..

As for the money involved Beyer admitted he was getting his career highest purse while Kessler declined to discuss the finances involved. Beyer also stated he had wanted to fight Joe Calzaghe more than Kessler. "We had it agreed in principle for a September date" said Beyer, "but then Markusī cut needed more time to heal but Calzagheīs promoter Frank Warren was unable to postpone it."

The winner of Beyer vs Kessler will first have to face WBCīs mandatory challenger Librado Andrade and then WBAīs Anthony Mundine. To get Andrade to step aside was, according to Chris Meyer, very difficult. Both Andrade and Mundine are expected to be ringside for the event. "There might even be a free chair for Joe Calzaghe" said Meyer with a smile.

A TV-deal is, according to both parties ,still to be worked out. ARD have the rights to Beyerīs fights but only in Germany.

Undercard attractions are still to be announced.

Beyer said he would sit down in the coming days with his trainer Ulli Wegner and study tapes of Kessler. "It wonīt be easy but how difficult it will be I canīt say" said Beyer.

Kesslerīs trainer Ricard Olsen felt that Beyerīs southpaw style would be a problem. "But Mikkel has a big advantage in height and reach and should thus be able to get his left hand working but I assume he will have to use his right a little more than he have in the past."

"Thatīs fine with me" said Kessler with a big smile.

"Beyer is not to be underestimated" stated Mogens Palle. "Heīs been boxing since he was eight years old, have had a number of big titlefights, is very experienced, have a good punch in his left and is very tactical."

Palle made it clear several times that this will be THE biggest event ever staged in Denmark, even bigger than for instance Carlos Monzon vs Tom Bogs for the World middleweight title back in 72.

Article posted on 11.07.2006

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