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Old 02-01-2013, 08:40 AM   #30
AndyPaterson
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Default Re: Anyone else think Kessler is on the slide? (or half way down it?)

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Originally Posted by Boxed Ears View Post
Of course. Go back and watch him versus Calzaghe and Andrade and then watch him versus Froch and Green. This isn't even a question, to me. Don't get me wrong, he's still a top five (3, probably) SMW in the world until proven otherwise, and he's a rock-solid, class fighter, but he's a much duller version of what he was at his peak. This guy's had a lot of physical wear and tear. I'm not talking a tremendous amount of punches, but just physically, the grind of the sport, the training and everything, he's had a lot of well-documented difficulty, and it's clear he's not what he once was.

agree with this.

He fought Beyer with a rib injury.

Even though he denied it in a pre-fight interview, he had a hand injury for the Calzaghe fight.

Fight against Mundine in Austraila had to be put back because of a back injury.

Then there was the eye problem that forced the withdraw from the Super Six.

There is also documented injuries with both hands and elbows.
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