WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler has been forced to vacate his title and withdraw from the Super Six after doctors have ruled him out of competition for the next 9 months. It is understood that Kessler has been suffering with a severe eye injury for some time, and at this point has no choice but to sit out the rest of the tournament and let it heal. The Dane was scheduled to fight Allan Green in his final group stage match on September 25th. The announcement was made this morning at a press conference in Denmark.
Showtime and the other promoters are left now with a awkward decision to make. The top 4 remaining fighters are matched up against each other. Green, who was a late substitute himself and is yet to register points on the board, is the one left without an opponent for stage 3. Is it fair to bring in another replacement at this late stage with everything so finely balanced? Say should Green go on to knockout a softer opponent that could see him qualify in place of one of Dirrell, Froch or Abraham, who will have each been through three tough battles. At the same time, Green answered the call when he was needed, he was guaranteed at least two fights, and you want to see him get what he’s entitle to as well.
Could they make the decision to call the group stages at this point, and then have the Dirrell/Ward and Froch/Abraham match ups as the semi finals instead. Perhaps They could then rearrange the Green vs. Kessler fight for next year, and have the winner of that get the first shot at the Super Six champion.
We will definitely have more on this story as it continues to develop.