Mikkel Kessler took a walk around some of Belfast's most
historical sites yesterday before engaging in a press conference a
stone's throw away from where the Titanic was built.
But he refused to be drawn into making tasteless quips about
sinking opponent Brian Magee in the same way as the famous White
Star Line ship went down.
The pair meet for the vacant WBA super-middleweight crown in
Herning, Denmark on December 8, a country in which Magee has
already defeated Mads Larsen and Rudy Markussen.
"Well, I guess you can´t really compare the Titanic and Brian
Magee," Kessler said.
"Brian has already made a lot of successful trips abroad, and
two of them have been to Denmark. But I will make sure that his
third trip over will not be a good one for him.
"I have a lot of respect for Brian, he is a warrior. There are a
lot of similarities between us. We are solid fighters and we are
not scared to fight abroad. I have fought in Wales, Australia and
the US, and Brian has also fought in a lot of places, including
Denmark, of course.
"But I think I am the better boxer, I have much more power. I
have never lost a fight in Denmark and it will be no different
against Magee. With my fans behind me, nothing can stop me. It will
be a great fight at Jyske Bank BOXEN."
Magee responded: "Mikkel is a great fighter, he ranks right up
there along with the all-time greats. We have mutual respect for
each other, but once the bell goes, it will be all business and a
hell of a fight.
"We both have a lot of power, so the fans can expect a great
fight. I´ve beaten Larsen and Markussen and now I will beat