Ward Shakes Up Super Six With Complete Shutout
& Tech. Decision Over Tournament Favorite Kessler

By Bret "The Threat" Newton

Andre Ward (now 21-0, 13 KO's) won the WBA Super Middleweight Title and upset the odds by defeating who many believed to be the Super Six favorite, Mikkel Kessler, with a technical decision win. The fight was stopped in round 11 due to a cut caused by a headbutt. The fight went to the scorecard in which after Ward had put on a completely one sided performance, won the decision.

From the opening bell, Ward made it clear he was going to be quick, in and out, and to continuously throw punches. Kessler maintained his patience early, but could not figure out the pesky Ward. Kessler chased Ward, never landing any meaningful punches, though rarely throwing any as well.

In round 4, Kessler was cut over the left eye from a punch. Ward was continuously being first and last with his punches, while Kessler looked like a complete amateur.

After round 7, Kessler began to tell his corner, "I can't see". In round 8, Ward began to back Kessler up for the first time. Another cut opened up over the left eye of Kessler, this time from an accidental headbutt. In between rounds, Kessler's corner told him he needed a knockout to win.

In round 10, another accidental headbutt opened up a second cut over Kessler's left eye. Kessler finally began to dig deep, throwing combinations, however not a single punch would land of the defensive Ward. Ward would not only slip punches, but jump in to hold as a defensive strategy.

In round 11, the fight was stopped due to the blood pouring from Kessler's cut left eye. The fight went to the scorecards which read 97-93, 98-92 and 98-92, all for Ward.

Ward next faces Jermain Taylor in round 2 of the tournament.

Kessler falls to 42-2 with 32 KO's. Kessler will next be meeting Carl Froch, though in losing the title, there will be no unification as highly anticipated.


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