Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) outclassed and outfought defending WBA Super Middleweight Champ, Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) to finally put the American portion of the Super 6 Tourney on the leader-board via Technical Decision with scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92 (The BTBC also had it scored 98-92).
Every round seemed similar as Ward’s speed and reflexes seemed too much for the game, but stiff defending champion. Ward, fighting in his hometown of Oakland, CA, employed a distinct strategy of tying Kessler up on the inside and using his hand speed to potshot Kessler from the outside.
Kessler, on his part, never adapted and seemed a step behind the entire night.
Several headbutts occurred along the way with Ward rushing forward and Kessler slow to react and, ultimately, it was one of those butts that resulted in the fight being waved off and sent to the scorecards in the eleventh.
Up next in the tournament for Ward is a bout with Jermain Taylor, while Kessler will take on Carl Froch.