Mikkel Kessler on his early steps to becoming a champion

We share a sneak peek of our interview with the Danish three-time world champion ahead of his fight with Brian Magee for the vacant WBA super middleweight title on 8 December

26 November 2012    |    0 Comments

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To read the rest of our full interview with Mikkel Kessler and discover his top strength and conditioning and technique tips, click here to get yourself issue 38 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

You started boxing aged 13; what got you into the sport?
We had some good fighters in Denmark and I wanted to be like them. In the school playground I asked a lot of my friends if they were boxing and none of them were so I thought, 'I might try this.' You remember the big heavyweight Brian Nielsen? I thought I could go to a club and maybe fight with him, just for fun. So I took some of my friends with me and I started at a boxing club where I stayed for my whole life, under my former trainer Richard Olsen.

Were you a natural?
No, I had to learn. I had some skills, my trainer said, but still, he didn't think I'd be that good. But I trained hard and got better and better and I became European [Cadet] champion at 16, as a youth, and it started from there.

You only had 47 amateur bouts and turned professional just after your 19th birthday; what made you become a pro so early?
My trainer had a son called Frank Olsen, who was a very good fighter [a 35-1 welterweight]. We trained at the same gym as him and a lot of my friends turned pro - [top super-middleweights] Rudy Markussen, Mads Larsen - they were all turning pro with [Danish promoter] Mogens Palle. I just wanted to be pro, I didn't want to go to the Olympics and wait two-to-three years [Mikkel turned pro in 1998]. I wanted to earn some money, that was the main thing.

To read the rest of our full interview with Mikkel Kessler and discover his top strength and conditioning and technique tips, click here to get yourself issue 38 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

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