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Calzaghe could face Kessler in Denmark for unification bout

SHOWDOWN The WBO title holder is set to take on the unbeaten Dane, answering critics who have slammed him for not fighting outside the UK


Unbeaten super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe could face Denmark's Mario Kessler in a unification world title fight in Denmark in September, the Welshman's promoter Frank Warren said on Friday.

No contract has been signed but Warren told the BBC that Calzaghe had accepted an offer from the Kessler camp.

"Mogens Palle [Kessler's promoter] made an offer for Joe to fight Kessler in Denmark in September. We've accepted and are awaiting a contract," Warren said. "It's not a done deal until it's signed but we've accepted. It's now up to Palle to send a contract."


Kessler is similarly unbeaten to Calzaghe and is regarded as second only to the Welshman in the middleweight division.

Calzaghe is the WBO title-holder while Kessler has both the WBA and WBC belts.

Calzaghe has previously been accused of avoiding the top fighters in his division and criticized for not fighting outside of Britain.

"Joe doesn't mind fighting in Denmark. He feels he will beat Kessler anywhere and I believe that's the case as well," Warren said. "It's a great fight. It's the two best super middleweights in the world. It's probably one of the most competitive fights at the moment in boxing."

no word yet

"I just hope that Palle backs up his offer. We sent him an e-mail on Tuesday along with a fax confirming what the terms were and we've not heard from him since," he said.

"I'm hoping it's not all nonsense. He's been talking a lot about fighting Joe with Kessler and we've called his bluff. I don't believe he ever thought that Joe would go to Denmark," Warren said.

"It will be Joe's biggest payday but then he should be getting his biggest payday," he said. He's into his 21st defense. He's been champion for 10 years. Joe is box office."

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