Mikkel Kessler retires

01/02/2015 17:24

Mikkel Kessler has retired from boxing after 17 years as a pro.

The former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion announced the news via a post on Twitter.

"Thank you for supporting me through out my career. It has been an absolute pleasure stepping into the ring, home as well as abroad," it read.

In his last fight in May 2013, Kessler, 35, lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Britain's Carl Froch, whom he defeated on points in 2010.

"I always train hard, and will continue to do so as it is great part of my life. But as things stand now, I have retired from boxing," he told the newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

The Dane has a record of 46 victories, 35 by knockout, with just three defeats, losing only to Froch, Andre Ward and Joe Calzaghe.