Who would have ever thought that the eruption of a volcano in Iceland might have an impact on a fight more than week later in Denmark?
Well, that's what could happen as the world deals with the aftermath of the volcanic ash that has been billowing out of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano since Wednesday and caused ashes to linger in the air over Europe. The danger of the ash to airplanes has forced airports all over the continent to close, because if the grit emitted from the volcano gets into the engines, it can cause them to shut down -- not something you want happening at 37,000 feet (even with an upgrade).
And who knows when the ash will clear and the airports will be up and running? The situation has left millions of travelers stranded trying to go to and from Europe as many airports remain closed going on three days. It doesn't matter who you are -- business traveler; vacationer; or world leader trying to get to the Sunday funeral for Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, who died in a non-volcano-related plane crash with several other Polish government officials -- you're probably stuck.
OK, so what does this have to do with boxing?
Simple -- super middleweight titlist Carl Froch was due to fly from his native England to Denmark on Saturday before his title defense against Mikkel Kessler next Saturday night in Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic.
It remains to be seen exactly how Froch and his team will make it to Herning. The same goes for Showtime's crew. But Kessler's promoter, Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event, said the fight will go on as planned, despite the airport issues.
"We will make sure 'The Cobra' gets to Herning in good time to fight Mikkel," Sauerland said.
And then, like any good promoter, Sauerland used the situation to talk a little smack and stoke interest in the fight.
"The volcano cannot serve as an excuse for Froch not to show up," he said. "Nothing can prevent the biggest boxing fight in Danish history from happening. We are already looking into different ways of transportation. Should need be, we will fly Froch in by helicopter for Mikkel to knock him out. He can then take the boat back home. Once Mikkel is done with him, I doubt he will be allowed on a normal plane anyway."