Mogens Palle is reported to have accepted Frank Warren’s terms for the proposed clash between Super-Middleweight king Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler but with the small, and potentially fatal caveat, that the bout takes place in November rather than proposed September. The reason, Palle wants to celebrate 50 years as a promoter with a signature show. I’m not sure whether I think this is understandable or pathetic to be honest.
To risk scuppering the bout on such a sentimental point strikes me as churlish and yet equally, to be prepared to scupper the bout because of an eight week delay also seems a little childish. Obviously, Warren and Palle have differing needs on this.
Calzaghe simply needs a meaningful bout. Taylor continues to meander off and feast forlornly on Light-Middleweights, Hopkins is tied up with Wright and both are likely to sideline until say October or November and other premier names like Tarver and Jones have lost their luster at the present time and would require the Welshman to leave the 168 pound division for non-title bouts. Which to be honest, looks less likely than ever.
History tells us, a mandatory defence will emerge as Joe’s ‘only’ choice for September and the pantomime will continue.